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2018 Legislative Session

The legislative session is underway, and New Mexico First is actively following economy, water, agriculture and education policy. We are supporting legislation that aligns with town hall recommendations from the Statewide Town Hall on Water (2014) , the Statewide Town Hall on Economic Vitality (2016)and the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan (Ag Plan).  ..

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Report released: NM Arts Focus Group Report: Fine Arts Education

New Mexico First is pleased to announce the release of the New Mexico Arts Focus Group Report: Fine Arts Education in Public Middle and High Schools. This report concludes the second of three phases initiated by NM Arts , a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, to improve and expand arts education for public middle and high school students.

The focus group’s recommendations include:

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New Mexico MainStreet Will Begin Accepting Applications for FY18 MainStreet Programs

Applications will be accepted for the MainStreet Accelerator Program, the Frontier Communities Initiative, and the New Mexico Arts & Cultural Districts Program. ..

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Save the date: State Water Plan Town Hall

Are you interested in New Mexico’s Water Future? Save the dates of December 13th-14th for an important town hall on the 2018 State Water Plan. As many of you know, the state water plan sets the policy agenda for water use in New Mexico. This upcoming town hall deliberation provides the primary opportunity for the public to develop policy priorities for the plan. The town hall will take place in Albuquerque. Registration will open by November 2017.
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Save the date: 2018 Statewide Town Hall: Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce

New Mexicans will come together in April 10-11 to develop smart, actionable recommendations on higher education policy. Registration will open in February 2018! ..

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Editorial: Voters shared concerns on crime at town hall

By Heather Balas, New Mexico First President and Executive Director  ..

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Mayoral town hall debate produces thoughtful, issue-based public safety questions


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New Mexico First Remembers the Legacy of U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici


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New Mexico First Supports the Clovis Community

This is event is not organized by New Mexico First but is forwarded in support of the Clovis community.  ..

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The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan Released

Food and agriculture industries are core components of New Mexico’s food system. This system’s strength is vital to any resident who cares about individual health, viable rural and tribal communities, as well as regional economic stability. Our state’s food and agriculture systems benefit from many diverse stakeholders who share a common goal: to support agriculture sectors with staying power in New Mexico. These stakeholders believe a strong food system can serve the needs of all residents in our state – but only if it is truly resilient. ..

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