We are pleased to report that the Centennial Implementation Team, based on the town hall recommendations, has drafted a legislative platform that will be used to advance policy changes in New Mexico. Our implementation team has met several times and we believe we have aligned to the language to the town hall platform. We propose specific advocacy in the areas of water, substance abuse, education, economic development, and healthcare. Click here to visit the 2013 Legislative Platform website or download the 2013 New Mexico First Legislative Platform.
New Mexico First organized an implementation team to advance the town hall’s priorities. The process is co-chaired by Toney Anaya and Edward Lujan. The process will run several months.
OverviewWhen asked to envision the future, New Mexicans call for a wide range of reforms. They want an education system that prepares children for careers of the future, comprehensive strategies for meeting our water and energy needs, and policies that grow our state’s economic base. New Mexicans also want teachers who are prepared to advance current academic standards and substance abuse prevention that steers teens from drugs.
Who Came?With almost 200 registrants, the event included people from all regions of the state. Participants came from urban, rural, and tribal communities – and they included teachers, business people, parents, students, public officials, advocates, government officials, and others. About half of the participants attended the event for free; the other half paid a voluntary $100 registration fee that covered meals and snack breaks during the two-day deliberation.
Town Hall ProcessThe event opened with guest speakers, including Governor Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, video presentations from U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and a panel of experts in education, healthcare, energy, and economic development. Participants then divided into small groups, during which they assessed New Mexico’s greatest opportunities and weaknesses. They prioritized those issues into 14 discreet recommendations. In their small groups, each participant worked directly on two recommendations, and then all participants reviewed and refined the work of the other groups.
New Mexico Progress ReportPrior to the town hall, all participants received the New Mexico Progress Report, which provided key indicators in the areas of education, economy, healthcare, and energy.
New Mexico Progress Report (1894 KB) 21-Feb-2012
• Strength best practices in the teaching profession that impact student achievement.
• Restructure and align New Mexico's workforce development systems.
• Increase peer-based substance abuse programs.
• Strengthen early childhood education.
• Enable income growth by preparing New Mexican adults and children to read.
• Create a statewide charter school youth council.
• Develop a fair and equitable tax system that reflects changing industries.
• Develop a long-range, statewide energy plan.
• Achieve healthcare equity and access without regard to income, ethnicity, or health status.
• Foster an engaged citizenry.
About the New Mexico Progress Report
This report was designed to broaden the understanding of citizens and lawmakers about issues facing New Mexico. The report reveals a vision for the future, challenges that must be overcome, measures of progress, and potential solutions. It focuses on: education, economy, health and energy issues. It is the result of closely examining 25 years of town hall recommendations, and thus the best ideas of thousands of New Mexicans. This report will be used to inform participants about issues that are important to New Mexicans and will aide in the group discussions for the town hall
New Mexico Progress Report (1894 KB) 21-Feb-2012
Town Hall 39: Final Report (691 KB) 06-Apr-2012
Speakers & Leadership
Keynote & Government Officials
Governor Susana Martinez
Mayor Richard Berry
Dr. Lowell CatlettDr. Lowell Catlett is a Regent’s Professor/Dean and Chief Administrative Officer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He works on behalf of corporate and association audiences internationally, presenting his take on trends in healthcare, agriculture, the environment, education, and more. Dr. Catlett is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense, and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies. He has received numerous awards for excellence in university teaching.
Dale DekkerDale Dekker, AIA, AICP, is founder of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. He has over 30 years experience as a registered architect and planner. His experience includes high tech, one-of-a-kind research facilities for Sandia National Laboratory, award winning school designs for Albuquerque Public Schools, and socially responsible designs of assisted living facilities for the elderly. Mr. Dekker serves on the executive committee of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the boards of Albuquerque Economic Development and NAIOP. He has been appointed to the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission and the State Workforce Board by Governor Susana Martinez.
Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott
Town Hall Leadership
Governor Toney Anaya
Edward LujanEdward Lujan is Chairman of the Board of Manuel Lujan Insurance, Inc. a family business and the second largest independent insurance agency in New Mexico. He currently serves as a board director of Valor Telecommunications, LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, and Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management Foundation. Mr. Lujan is also a member of the Governor’s Business Advisory Council and chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission. He is former chair of the Republican Party of New Mexico.As Implementation Team Co-chair for the town hall, Mr. Lujan will lead the effort to advance the recommendations with state and local leaders.
Governor Garrey CarruthersGarrey Carruthers, former Governor of New Mexico, is Dean of the College of Business at New Mexico State University and is a New Mexico First Board Member. He also serves as the Vice President for Economic Development at the university. Mr. Carruthers served in the Reagan administration twice, in the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. He was a successful Governor of New Mexico, serving as the last constitutionally limited, four-year single-term governor. He holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business.As Plenary Chair during the town hall, Governor Carruthers will lead the closing session during which the final recommendations are worked out.
Heather BalasHeather Balas is President and Executive Director of New Mexico First. A fifth-generation New Mexican, Ms. Balas worked in Washington, DC, and San Francisco for several years before returning to her home state. She has over 15 years experience in public policy work, including citizen outreach, voter education, coalition-building, and policy research. Previous employers include the Commission on Presidential Debates, the California Center for Civic Participation, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She holds a Masters in political communication from the University of Maryland.
Eastern New Mexico University
New Mexico Department of Economic Development
Hubbard Foundation/KOB TV/Reelz Channel