Chair Greeting

Welcome,
 
What an honor it is for me to serve as the 2018 Chair of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Board. Like many of us that live and work in our community, we arrived from somewhere else. But once we arrived, we fell in love with Las Cruces and its people.
 
Ours is a community with great heritage and the opportunity for an even brighter future. We are blessed to be home to the birthplace of our nation’s space program, White Sands Missile Range, which is our nation’s premiere test and evaluation range. We are home to Spaceport America, our nation’s first purpose built spaceport and its anchor tenant, Virgin Galactic. On our eastern flank sits the White Sands Test Facility, a premiere and critically important NASA facility. We are home to New Mexico State University, our state’s Land Grant institution and Dona Ana Community College. We are home to the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and are now our regions destination for health care at one of our four community hospitals. We sit astride two interstate highways and are poised to respond to the growing development of the Santa Theresa Port of Entry and the promise of ever growing inland trade, as we have been since the days of the “El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro”. Along the banks of the Rio Grande lie some of the most productive agricultural lands found and we rightly boast of our pecans and our chile, both red and green. As Las Crucens we have much to be thankful for and much to take pride in.
 
At the same time, we, as business leaders and owners of all size of businesses, understand that there has seldom been a time of greater competition. With all of the natural and manmade assets we have, our region’s future success will be dependent upon our ability to create a prosperous business environment.
 
We, as your 2018 Chamber of Commerce Board members, have one simple overarching goal; to represent the interests of our members in such a manner as to enable your success. Your business is our business.At the same time, we know that the true strength of any community lies in its people and we know that our community, our Las Cruces, is Las Cruces Strong because of each of you.
 
Denton Park
Chair
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce