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. 

Saturday, 22 October 2011 18:00

Membership FAQ

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.

Friday, 21 October 2011 18:00

Expanding HTC horizons statewide

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.

Friday, 07 October 2011 18:00

What is HTC's Mission?

What is HTC’s mission?

To make southern New Mexico a regional technology leader in the short term and a national center of technological excellence.

The May meeting and speaker of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Southern New Mexico will be on the 22nd of May[Wednesday], from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center [located at 3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C, on the campus of New Mexico State University]. Free to attend.

The May meeting and speaker of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Southern New Mexico will be on the 22nd of May [Wednesday], from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center [located at 3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C, on the campus of New Mexico State University]. Free to attend.

Dr. Kurt S. J. Anderson is an NMSU Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, and a self-described student of climatology, hydrology, water management, and water law. He recently served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Lower Rio Grande Regional Water Plan and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association.

Dr. Anderson’s topic is WATER WARS ON THE RIO GRANDE 1899 - 2019. Battles over water have characterized much of New Mexico’s history; most of these having been fought in the courts. The greatest of these battles were waged over the waters of the Rio Grande, with the most recent being over the allocation of its waters to users in New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. That matter is presently before the Supreme Court of the United States as State of Texas [plaintiff] vs. State of New Mexico and State of Colorado [defendants].

The water issues in front of the Supreme Court of the United States is nearly two decades of drought. Surface water supplies have been unable to meet the needs of irrigated agriculture and groundwater pumping has impaired the flow of surface water southward. Of greater concern, the extraction of groundwater, if continued at current levels, will exhaust the Mesilla Bolson well before the end of the century. While a reasonable resolution of the legal issues is possible - and likely - the continuing shortage of water will force major reductions in water use by the agricultural sector of southern New Mexico. The effects on water users in Doña Ana County will be profound.

HTC membership meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in growing technology in southern New Mexico is encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending. For more information please call the HTC President, Dr. Ed Pines, at 575-646-2730, or Terry Jack 720-201-7344.

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