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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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Call on Communities to Submit Economic Development Project Proposals for Funding Opportunities

The New Mexico Economic Development Department will host the next FUNDIT meeting August 22nd to help local leaders identify funding for economic development projects. New Mexico FUNDIT, is a streamlined approach to help communities identify funding opportunities in one centralized location by bringing local, state and federal funding agencies together to analyze and compare proposals for capital projects. The state is calling on communities to submit project proposals by August 11th for review during its upcoming meeting.

New Mexico FUNDIT is an informal group of funding agencies that meets regularly to review potential projects. Over 13 Federal and State entities are represented in the group. Their goal is to improve the effectiveness of project review and support, while ensuring communities have the information they need to obtain full funding for projects.  ..

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2017 Legislative Session Policy Victories

Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform, water and education.  ..

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Legislation advances on cliff effects, broadband and agriculture

The New Mexico First team has been busy in Santa Fe, with major advancement on three pieces of legislation and steady progress on several others. ..

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New Mexico First Advancing Economic Reforms

From expanding statewide broadband to broadening opportunities for workforce training, to researching ways to reduce “cliff effects” for low-income families, New Mexico First continues to advance a robust platform of reforms. These priorities and more are based on citizen recommendations developed during the 2016 economy town hall. The event, held last May, was attended by over 200 people from throughout New Mexico, representing urban, rural, and tribal interests.

A set of consensus recommendations resulted and addressed: small business climate and entrepreneurship, rural and tribal development, diversifying our economy, government and the New Mexico economy, economic security for families and a changing workforce.

Potential Reforms

New Mexico First endorses the following legislation because the proposed changes align with a one or more of the town hall recommendations.

Economic Security for Families

  • Authored by New Mexico First, SJM18: Family Support Services Information advances the town hall recommendation to address “cliff effects” that can trap families in poverty. This memorial, if passed, will enable the collection of economic data on family support programs – focusing mainly on the Child Care Assistance Program.
  • If passed, HB 86: Caregiver Leave Act, advances the town hall recommendation to address economic challenges facing family caregivers by allowing New Mexico employees to use accrued sick leave to care for family members.


Three bills advance the town hall’s call for expanded broadband:

Changing Workforce

  • If passed, HB147: Workforce Training Residency Requirement advances the town hall’s recommendation to expand a qualified workforce to meet employer needs by making it easier for new residents to take part in the Industrial Job Training Program.

Taxes and Regulations

  • If passed, HB58: Rulemaking Requirements helps advance the town hall’s call for a results-driven, effective government by providing a detailed, uniform process for state agencies to process and adopt rules and regulations.
  • New Mexico First expects to introduce additional legislation regarding tax research in the coming days.

You can access the complete list of legislative priorities on our website, where you can also track all the bills we are supporting.



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

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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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