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New Mexico First to testify on economy town hall at state legislative hearing

Join us TOMORROW as we share citizen recommendations on small business reform, economic expansion and smart financial foundations for families with our state representatives and senators!  ..

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Reactions to Town Hall Report Enthusiastic and Optimistic

Report calls for small business reform, economic expansion and smart financial foundations for families  ..

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Registration Opens for The Upcoming Town Hall on Economic Security and Vitality!

Calling on all community members, business leaders, family and labor advocates, educators, tribal representatives, economic development planners, government professionals, youth and elected officials to register for the upcoming town hall on economic security and vitality!  ..

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NMED soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund!

The New Mexico Environment Department Construction Programs Bureau is now soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund! This is a federal program, administered by NMED, offering low cost financing to eligible public entities for planning/design/construction of wastewater collection and treatment facilities and non-point source water pollution control projects. All applications are ranked in order of: 1). Water Quality Factors 2). Permit Compliance 3). Financial Need 4). Sustainability and 5). Readiness to Proceed. Bonus Points are awarded for green projects incorporating: green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency or environmentally innovative activities!  ..

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Economy Town Hall Registration Opening Soon!

New Mexico First Announces 2016 Town Hall Topic: Economic Security and Vitality! A vibrant economy is perhaps the most sought after policy goal for our state. For this reason, New Mexico First will hold a statewide town hall on economic security and vitality to develop practical recommendations for the future. The event will focus on economic strategies that address the needs of small and large businesses – as well as low and middle-income families. The event will encourage participants to think creatively about strengthening the states’ economic health in ways that reach people from all walks of life. ..

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Water Policy Meetings Hosted to Encourage Input on Water Planning

During the New Mexico First 2014 Town Hall on Water Planning, Development & Use, New Mexicans called for improved state and regional water plans that strengthen the regional and state water planning and implementation process to promote long-term planning, while maintaining short-term adaptability.

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) asked New Mexico First to provide information on upcoming meetings hosted on water planning.

All New Mexicans interested in water policy planning are invited to attend.

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) is currently working with all of New Mexico's 16 water planning regions to finalize regional water plan updates by the fall of 2016. Early this year the ISC will be facilitating a series of three meetings with each regional steering committee to finalize the draft updates which are now in progress. These meetings are open to the public and regional stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Objectives of the current regional water planning update process include:


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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

STEM Action Team Presents Goals and Recommendations to NM Legislators

The New Mexico STEM Action Team presented before the Legislative Education Study Committee yesterday, sharing the following goals and policy recommendations. The presentation was positively received.  ..

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STEM Action Team to present at a legislative hearing tomorrow, with live webcast!

New Mexico First, in conjunction with the NM Partnership for Math and Science Education’s STEM Action Team, will speak to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) tomorrow on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education policy efforts.

The STEM Action Team is a statewide network of STEM professionals in education, technology, industry and other fields. It grew out of the STEM Action Planning Summit in 2012. Summit participants developed a plan that focuses on student learning, early college retention, teacher development and more. Read the plan here! The STEM Action Team has continued its work by encouraging industry partnerships and policy work in math and science education. Tomorrow’s presentation to the LESC will include progress made and future goals, as well as outlining ways in which the committee can ensure that STEM education gets the support it needs in our state.


  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of students measurably proficient in math and science.
  • By 2020, graduate 1,000 new science and math teachers. Also, support and retain existing STEM teachers.
  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of college graduates in STEM fields.

Watch the presentation at 10:00 AM by going to Webcasting of the New Mexico Legislature or join us at the State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


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Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings

New Mexico First will host Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings! Register today!

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