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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

Reactions to the newly released town hall report have been enthusiastic and positive!  New Mexico First released the Economic Security and Vitality for New Mexico Town Hall report, which outlines recommendations made by citizens from all regions of the state, and how to best implement the ideas. The report details recommendations surrounding small business support, rural and tribal economic development, industry diversification, government efficiency, economic security for families and workforce education.

Eleven recommendations were developed, with actions for federal, tribal, state, and local policymakers as well as private sector leaders. The platform of consensus recommendations garnered support from 85 percent of participants. The suggestions fell into six major themes:

  • Actively Support Small Business
  • Create Thriving Rural and Tribal Economies
  • Further Diversify the Economy
  • Advance Effective Roles of Government
  • Focus on Family Economies
  • Strengthen the Workforce through Education

The town hall recommendations will be advocated to state and local leaders by an implementation team comprised of volunteers from the event. The team will be led by former N.M. House Representative Tom Taylor and Bill Garcia, community leader and former cabinet secretary of the N.M. Economic Development Department.

The final report is available at

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