Economic Analysis: Protect the Public Lands in Doña Ana County For Future Economic Development in the Region
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A new report shows that protected public lands are a competitive economic advantage in southern New Mexico and Doña AnaCounty. The analysis confirms that protecting the world-class public lands surrounding Las Cruces will aid the region’s economic development strategy.
“Permanently protecting the iconic Organ Mountains and the surrounding natural treasures will boost our economy and benefit Doña Ana County. This Headwaters report explains how stimulating tourism, attracting new residents, and creating jobs goes hand in hand with permanently protecting public lands”, said Richard Majestic from the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico.
WHAT: On Monday, September 26th, Mesilla Valley community leaders will tour Sapphire Energy’s test and development facility in Las Cruces’ West Mesa Industrial Park. Sapphire is working to commercialize “green crude”—a renewable petroleum replacement that is produced from algae, sunlight and CO2. Sapphire Energy believes that algae will become a very substantial agricultural crop, and make a major difference to the world’s energy balance.
Membership in the Consortium is open to any person or entity that wishes to subscribe to and support the purpose of the Consortium as defined in its By-Laws, pays dues according to the schedule set by the Board of Directors and maintains an active presence by attending meetings and/or participating in discussions and Consortium activities, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or national origin.
It has come to my attention that the New Mexico Technology Council would really like to have HTC as (at a minimum) an affiliate member or a Peer Group or (preferred) as the Southern NM arm of NMTC.
To make southern New Mexico a regional technology leader in the short term and a national center of technological excellence.
The February HTC meeting has a new location and time. It is at Arrowhead Center NMSU, 3655 Research Rd (NMSU Campus) on Wednesday February 22 from 4:30-6:00. Snacks will be provided. There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.
The speaker is County Commissioner Ben Rawson. This will be an informal exchange of ideas and plans for county economic development with regards to High Tech Interests.
Benjamin L. Rawson was appointed to the District 3 seat on the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 12, 2013, by Gov. Susana Martinez. He was elected to the seat in November of 2014 and he will be eligible to run for re-election in 2018.
District 3 encompasses a large sector of southeastern Doña Ana County, including Las Alturas, Telshor, Foothills, and the Talavera, the University Hills and Bellamah neighborhoods, the NMSU campus, White Sands Missile Range, and Tortugas.
Commissioner Rawson is a professional businessman, currently the General Manager of Rawson Inc. Builders Supply. During his business career, Commissioner Rawson has experienced the peak of the construction industry in 2006 and the worst in 2012. His quick response to both situations is credited with the survival of Rawson, Inc.
Born and raised in Doña Ana County, Commissioner Rawson received his Master of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. Commissioner Rawson has been married to his wife, Kirsten, since 2005. They have four children: Heidi, William, Isabelle and Luke.
HTC membership meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in growing technology in southern New Mexico is encouraged to attend. For more information please call Dr. Ed Pines at 575-646-2976, or Paul Deason at 575-644-8427.
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