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On Jan. 23-24, the Border Industrial Association (BIA) hosted the fourth annual Border Economic Development Day at Hotel La Fonda in Santa Fe, said BIA President Jerry Pacheco of Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
“This annual event takes Santa Teresa members of industry, the supply chain, developers and representatives from the State of Chihuahua to Santa Fe during the legislative session,” Pacheco said in a news release.
The event included a Jan. 23 reception for legislators, members of the governor’s staff and representatives from the New Mexico State Land Office, Pacheco said. U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., also attended the reception and spoke to the more-than 120 attendees, Pacheco said.
Others attending the reception included New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe; Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Doña Ana; and state House Minority Leader James Townsend, R-Chavez, Eddy and Otero.
Also attending were representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Reps. Torres Small and Debra Haaland, all D-N.M.
Representing the State of Chihuahua were Diputado Mizael Maynez (Chihuahua House of Representatives) and Jaime Campos and Anna Alvarez of Chihuahua’s Industrial Development Division. Mexican Consul in Albuquerque Angelica Sanchez represented Mexico’s federal government.
On Jan. 24, reception participants were given a tour of the state capitol and other historic sites in downtown Santa Fe, Pacheco said.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was the keynote speaker at a lunch that same day. Her speech focused on the importance of international trade for New Mexico and her administration’s goal of assisting in the recruitment of new industry to the state, he said.
Lujan Grisham was provided with an overview of New Mexico’s growth in global exports and increase in trade with Mexico and an update of new projects on New Mexico’s border with Mexico, Pacheco said.
The governor “was very complimentary and supportive of the industrial growth in the Santa Teresa region,” Pacheco said.
“Collectively, our strength as the primary organization creating jobs along New Mexico’s border with Mexico is being recognized by policymakers and the governor in Santa Fe,” Pacheco said.
Border Industrial Association (BIA), a “nonprofit industrial advocacy group comprises 125 industrial members representing 6,000 employees and billions of value-added production (and six million square feet of industrial space) and more than $1 billion in investment in the Santa Teresa-Las Cruces Corridor,” Pacheco said. It is the largest industrial association in New Mexico.
For more information, contact Pacheco at 575-589-2200 or email@example.com. Visit www.nmbia.org.