Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:47

Good news and bad news. Which do you want first?

Good news: Someone besides NMBC is talking about the fact New Mexico needs to fund classroom programs and teacher salaries – not more college buildings. NMBC is pleased to see that former Governor and current Chancellor at New Mexico State University Garrey Carruthers is saying NM has too many college campuses. That point has been made to voters by NMBC repeatedly over the past six years, most recently in 2016 when CNM asked for a tax increase to put up more buildings even though they already have 9 campuses within 25 miles of each other. Read the Carruthers article from the Albuquerque Journal HERE.

Good news and bad news: The bad news is that the Farmington community will be losing about 40 jobs when BP America moves its office to Denver. The good news is that Farmington has some great public officials and community organizations like Four Corners Economic Development and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce who are aggressively working to diversify and expand economic opportunities for the community. Read more from an Albuquerque Business First article quoting NMBC President Carla Sonntag HERE.

Good news for SE New Mexico: The Action Luncheon in Roswell last Friday was a great success. There was a full house of elected officials, business leaders and members of the community interested in strengthening an already great community. Comments from Bob Armstrong, President, Armstrong Energy Corporation, Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Western Energy Alliance and Carla Sonntag, President, New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC), tied national, state and local issues together. Cristina Arnold, NMBC Regional Vice President said, “The Action Lunch brought the Roswell community together with a great crowd of like-minded leaders who are willing to get involved in improving the local and state business environment.” Barbara Bruin, Member of the NMBC Board of Directors, stated, “Seeing the quality of leadership attending this luncheon was inspirational. I’m proud to be from a community that not only strives for greatness, but that is also unified in their desire to achieve it.”

Special Thanks to our Roswell Luncheon sponsors for making this event a success:
  • Armstrong Energy
  • BP America
  • Pecos Valley Wellness
  • Tinnie Silver Dollar
  • Body Therapeutics, Complete Rehabilitation Services

And more good news to report in our manufacturing update: The rate of hiring in the manufacturing sector in May grew to its fastest pace since November 2007. According to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey data, manufacturers hired 332,000 workers in May, up from 314,000 in April. Expressed as a percentage of the total manufacturing workforce, that meant the hiring rate in the sector jumped from 2.5 percent to 2.7 percent, or nearly a 10-year high. Hiring has trended upward across the past nine months since it bottomed out at 268,000 in August.

Don’t forget to nominate someone you believe is a HERO in New Mexico. If you know a First Responder, Elected Official, Appointed Official, Business Leader, Community Leader, or Young leader who deserves to be recognized as an NMBC Hero, download the nomination form HERE and email it to: nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org or mail it to PO Box 95735, Albuquerque, NM 87199. Nominations must be received no later than July 31, 2017.

Early-bird (reduced price) tickets available HERE. Heroes Banquet sponsor opportunities HERE.

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