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Electronic Caregiver (ECG), a tele-health company based in Las Cruces, has been awarded $1.2 million in New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funding to support plans to expand and create 120 new employees at an average hourly wage of $22.15, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) said in a news release.
ECG will also receive $135,000 in WagePlus funding from the City of Las Cruces and $100,000 through El Paso Electric’s (EPE) New Mexico Economic Development Fund (NMEDF), which is administered through MVEDA and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.
The expansion will almost double the number of ECG employees, which now stands at 150.
The New Mexico Economic Development Department, City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department and MVEDA worked collaboratively with ECG to foster the expansion, MVEDA said.
The state of New Mexico’s JTIP can reimburse companies for a portion of training costs for above-average wage positions. WagePlus is a supplement to the state’s JTIP program. WagePlus rewards businesses for hiring and paying higher than median wages. The program provides a $1,500-per-job reimbursement for qualifying companies that hire and train new employees for jobs paying at least 10 percent more than Doña Ana County’s median wage.
NMEDF was established by EPE in connection with the sale of the utility to provide $1 million per year for 20 years to support economic development within EPE’s New Mexico service area, MVEDA said.
"This is an amazing time for our company,” ECG Care Coordination Executive John P. Muñoz said. “Our Care Coordination Center will help customers live well, live happy, live safely and live more independently. Our company offers career growth opportunities, medical and other benefits, and various shifts. As we transform healthcare, we will see tremendous growth. I encourage qualified candidates to apply today. Current open positions with our digital care center are customer service, enrollment specialists, certified medical assistants, triage specialists, certified nursing assistants and nurses. If you are happy in your current position, I know you will be ecstatic when you join our team."
“We are really excited for what this expansion means for the community,” said Assistant City Manager Ikani Taumoepeau. “The city is committed to economic development prosperity and cannot wait to have 120 more skilled jobs in Las Cruces. Not only do we love to see a local business grow, but we are happy about the group effort with our partners to provide financial assistance in this endeavor.”
“It is exciting to see a company that has developed their technology locally with local talent continue to grow and offer opportunities within Las Cruces,” MVEDA President and CEO Davin Lopez said.
ECG, founded in 2009, is focused on developing and participating in research efforts that support improved outcomes across the health care continuum. A significant goal for ECG is to improve the way care and support are delivered and managed for patients, from children to adults, and especially an underserved and rapidly expanding aging population.
MVEDA is a nonprofit public-private economic development partnership that Lopez has headed since February 2009.