New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry

New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry ACI's mission is to enrich the lives and prosperity of New Mexicans through a vibrant business climate built by effective advocacy and education.

The Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico (ACI) is the statewide, legislative advocate of business interests. ACI serves as the state chamber of commerce and the NM representative of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Creating New Mexico’s Future –A Statewide Economic Strategic Action PlanWednesday, December 9, 20208:30 AM - 10:30 AMVIR...
11/03/2020

Creating New Mexico’s Future –
A Statewide Economic Strategic Action Plan

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
VIRTUAL

New Mexico and the nation are at a turning point. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many strategic economic vulnerabilities for our country and for New Mexico. With over 40% of New Mexico’s state budget tied to the oil and gas industry, and a limited number of economic based jobs, New Mexico must take concrete steps to recover as well as grow and diversify our economy for the future.

Join us for NMACI Legislative FOCUS, our semi-annual membership meeting. Based on surveys, focus groups and state by state sector-based analysis, Sayuri Yamada, NMACI’s economic strategy working group chair, Rob Black, NMACI President and CEO, and Ted Abernathy, founder and CEO of Economic Leadership and consultant on the strategy, will present NMACI’s Economic Strategic Action Plan for New Mexico, laying the groundwork for NMACI 2021 legislative priorities.

In addition to the report, NMACI membership will review, discuss and vote to approve our draft policy priorities for the 2021 legislative session.

Fees/Admission:
Members: $10
Nonmembers: $20

REGISTER: https://acinm.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/66

NMACI in the News:Rob Black, president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, said incentives h...
11/03/2020
Key New Mexico lawmaker wants to reevaluate tax breaks

NMACI in the News:

Rob Black, president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, said incentives help drive development crucial to diversifying the state’s economy so its public budget isn’t decimated by the vicissitudes of the oil and gas industry.

He said he’s concerned that in dealing with the pandemic’s effects on the budget, the Legislature may try to “raise significant revenue on the backs of the business community, which has already borne the financial cost of this pandemic.”

That would make economic recovery all the more difficult, Black said.

The discussion in the 2021 session, amid the economic effects of COVID-19, is likely to include the long-controversial film tax credit.

Even under normal circumstances, election outcomes often take time to finalize. In 2000, for example, it took 35 days to...
11/03/2020

Even under normal circumstances, election outcomes often take time to finalize. In 2000, for example, it took 35 days to determine the presidential election. We must prepare to be patient #ElectionFacts www.uschamber.com/electionfacts

In 11 states, vote counting can’t begin until #ElectionDay. In 20 states, mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Electi...
11/02/2020

In 11 states, vote counting can’t begin until #ElectionDay. In 20 states, mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day that arrive later will still be counted. We must prepare to be patient #ElectionFacts www.uschamber.com/electionfacts

More than 60 million Americans are expected to vote by mail this year, nearly double the number who voted by mail four y...
10/30/2020

More than 60 million Americans are expected to vote by mail this year, nearly double the number who voted by mail four years ago. We must prepare to be patient #ElectionFacts www.uschamber.com/electionfacts

NMACI in the News:Such a shutdown has the potential to trigger another wave of layoffs and furloughs that further tax th...
10/26/2020
NM leaders say unemployment benefits system better prepared now

NMACI in the News:

Such a shutdown has the potential to trigger another wave of layoffs and furloughs that further tax the state’s unemployment system, Black said. He encouraged New Mexicans to patronize local businesses online when possible, and pick up products curb-side.

“I know people are tired,” Black said. “… But we need their help to keep the economy open. And we all have to take personal responsibility for our community.”

https://www.abqjournal.com/1510443/nm-leaders-say-unemployment-benefits-system-better-prepared-now.html

State agency was deluged by a record number of phone calls in March and April

NMACI in the News:"We start to build out an economy that becomes very attractive for other industries," Black said. "We ...
10/22/2020
Analysis: PNM Resources' deal with Avangrid could help New Mexico build a renewable energy economy from the ground-up - Albuquerque Business First

NMACI in the News:

"We start to build out an economy that becomes very attractive for other industries," Black said. "We as New Mexico have the ability to build a renewable economy from the ground-up. ... you bridge that with the transmission lines we're building, the solar farms, the wind farms: we become the center of the new energy economy from the ground up here in New Mexico."

The electrical grid of the future, Black said, includes solar, storage, micro-grids and smart meters that — while cost-effective — requires "significant" infrastructure investment. The additional capital available from the deal can jumpstart the state's push a decade forward to integrate those new technologies and reach the goals that PNM has set to be completely emission free by 2040.

"By partnering with somebody who is a leader in this space, it allows that to take place with a lot less risk and unknowns for the customers," Black said.

The deal could mean job increases and additional hires to help unlock the state's renewable energy potential.

Please join us as we develop policy priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session that will get New Mexico on the road to ...
10/07/2020

Please join us as we develop policy priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session that will get New Mexico on the road to economic recovery.

1st Round Fall Policy Committee Meetings:

Education & Workforce Development
Monday, October 26th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Taxation
Tuesday, October 27th @ 9:00am - 10:30am

Economic Development & Technology
Tuesday, October 27th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Agriculture & Food Processing
Tuesday, October 27th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Healthcare
Wednesday, October 28th @ 9:00am - 10:30am

Energy & Extractive Industries
Wednesday, October 28th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Workplace, Legal Reform & Government Accountability
Thursday, October 29th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Environment, Water & Land Use
Thursday, October 29th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

*Please email [email protected] to join the committees and receive login credentials for the meetings you would like to attend.

NMACI in the News:"Rob Black, president of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, said the time frame for ...
10/02/2020
New Mexico small business loan fund comes under fire over tight restrictions

NMACI in the News:

"Rob Black, president of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, said the time frame for showing economic injury (for the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund) is “pretty limited,” noting that many small businesses suffered greater losses during the summer months compared to April and May after more restrictions were put in place.

The terms of the loans can also prove problematic for owners. The interest rate is one-half of The Wall Street Journal prime rate on the date the loan is approved. That rate is currently 3.25 percent. Business owners who are approved must make payments on just the interest for three years, but face a balloon payment on the third anniversary of the loan approval."

(The Center Square) – A program intended to help small business in New Mexico struggling with economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic is not working as planned, critics say.

NMACI member PNM gives back $2 million to help residential and small business customers who are struggling to pay their ...
10/01/2020

NMACI member PNM gives back $2 million to help residential and small business customers who are struggling to pay their past due electric bills.

PNM gives back $2 million of its earnings for new COVID Customer Relief Programs to help struggling residential and small business customers pay their past due electric bills. Assistance available first-come, first-serve to income-eligible households and small businesses. Learn more at PNM.com/help

Please join us as we develop policy priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session that will get New Mexico on the road to ...
10/01/2020

Please join us as we develop policy priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session that will get New Mexico on the road to economic recovery.

1st Round Fall Policy Committee Meetings:

Education & Workforce Development
Monday, October 26th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Taxation
Tuesday, October 27th @ 9:00am - 10:30am

Economic Development & Technology
Tuesday, October 27th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Agriculture & Food Processing
Tuesday, October 27th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Healthcare
Wednesday, October 28th @ 9:00am - 10:30am

Energy & Extractive Industries
Wednesday, October 28th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Workplace, Legal Reform & Government Accountability
Thursday, October 29th @ 11:00am - 12:30pm

Environment, Water & Land Use
Thursday, October 29th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

*Please email [email protected] to join the committees and receive login credentials for the meetings you would like to attend.

In 2019 NMACI endorsed the joint resolution to put qualified professionals, rather than politicians, to oversee the Publ...
09/29/2020
Vote yes for PRC reform

In 2019 NMACI endorsed the joint resolution to put qualified professionals, rather than politicians, to oversee the Public Regulation Commission.

"New candidates would be vetted and submitted to the governor by a nominating committee, then appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. No more than two commissioners could be members of the same party, and they would serve six-year staggered terms with a two-term limit.

So, why the change, why now and why is this good for New Mexico? The scope of the PRC is complex and wide-ranging. Commissioners have the power to set utility rates and will shoulder much of the responsibility of guiding the state through its transition to a renewable energy portfolio. To do their jobs well, commissioners must have a rare combination of skills: technological expertise, legal acumen and a keen knowledge of regulatory matters.

The current structure of the PRC is not delivering for New Mexicans."

We at NMACI appreciate the efforts of the legislators who wrote this piece.

During the 2019 legislative session, we co-sponsored the joint resolution proposing a restructuring of the Public Regulation Commission, the powerful body responsible for regulating utilities, transportation, telecommunication and other industries

NMACI in the News:During a panel discussion on Thursday hosted by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, N...
09/23/2020
Oil and gas waste facility coming to Permian Basin; New Mexico continues work on produced water

NMACI in the News:

During a panel discussion on Thursday hosted by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, New Mexico State Rep. Nathan Small (D-36), who sponsored the Act said, said oil and gas waste water continued to present an opportunity to New Mexico as the state continues struggling with drought conditions.

Milestone Environmental Services completed the permitting process for a slurry injection facility near Jal — its first facility in New Mexico.

UPDATE: The winners of the Virtual Case Competition will now present their findings to the Governor's Council on Racial ...
09/22/2020

UPDATE: The winners of the Virtual Case Competition will now present their findings to the Governor's Council on Racial Justice on November 4th!

On behalf of NMACI, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State University, UNM Rainforest Innovations and UNM Anderson School of Management, we are delighted to invite New Mexico graduate students to participate in a virtual statewide business case competition about the role of the business community as it relates to racial equity.

The deadline to register is September 31, 2020, and team submissions are due by October 24, 2020.

REGISTER: https://www.uschamber.com/fostering-impact-mba-case-competition

One of the most unexpected trends we have seen during COVID-19 is that the residential real estate market is still boomi...
09/21/2020

One of the most unexpected trends we have seen during COVID-19 is that the residential real estate market is still booming, partially because interest rates are at a record low. However, many retail businesses will not survive the pandemic and business models are rapidly changing. Our panel of experts will discuss what they predict will happen in commercial real estate in the coming months, what policy changes need to occur to create needed flexibility and where there may be areas of opportunity.

Speakers:
Tom Novak, CEO, Klinger Construction
Jim Chynoweth, Managing Director, CBRE

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-covid-19-commercial-real-estate-65

UPDATE: The winners of the Virtual Case Competition will now present their findings to the Governor's Council on Racial ...
09/17/2020

UPDATE: The winners of the Virtual Case Competition will now present their findings to the Governor's Council on Racial Justice on November 4th!

On behalf of NMACI, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State University, NMSU News, UNM Rainforest Innovations, and UNM Anderson School of Management, we are delighted to invite New Mexico graduate students to participate in a virtual statewide business case competition about the role of the business community as it relates to racial equity.

The deadline to register is September 31, 2020, and team submissions are due by October 24, 2020.

REGISTER: https://www.uschamber.com/fostering-impact-mba-case-competition

#FosteringImpact

One of the most unexpected trends we have seen during COVID-19 is that the residential real estate market is still boomi...
09/17/2020

One of the most unexpected trends we have seen during COVID-19 is that the residential real estate market is still booming, partially because interest rates are at a record low. However, many retail businesses will not survive the pandemic and business models are rapidly changing. Our panel of experts will discuss what they predict will happen in commercial real estate in the coming months, what policy changes need to occur to create needed flexibility and where there may be areas of opportunity.

Speakers:
Tom Novak, CEO, Klinger Construction
Jim Chynoweth, Managing Director, CBRE

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-covid-19-commercial-real-estate-65

NMACI in the News:“If we undercount one percent, it’s $770 million that would have come to us from the federal governmen...
09/16/2020
Small business owners counting on Census data to make decisions

NMACI in the News:

“If we undercount one percent, it’s $770 million that would have come to us from the federal government, that’s not circulating in New Mexico’s economy and that has a real impact as you think about folk’s ability to get healthcare, their ability to shop, make purchases,” said Black.

Census data is used by small business owners around the state to make important decisions about starting or expanding a business.

New Mexico is leading the world in developing policy and technology in recycling and reusing oil and gas wastewater (pro...
09/14/2020

New Mexico is leading the world in developing policy and technology in recycling and reusing oil and gas wastewater (produced water). Our panel of experts will discuss how we came to be leaders in the sector, where the process is today and what the future holds for a more sustainable energy and water future.

Speakers:
Nathan Small, NM House of Representatives
Mike Hightower, Program Director, NM Produced Water Research Consortium
Jennifer Bradfute, Senior Attorney, Marathon Oil

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-produced-water-64

Tonight! New Mexico in Focus: Rethinking RedistrictingGuests:Lilly Irvin-Vitela, New Mexico First president and executiv...
09/11/2020
NMiF takes in-depth look at redrawing district maps

Tonight! New Mexico in Focus: Rethinking Redistricting

Guests:
Lilly Irvin-Vitela, New Mexico First president and executive director
Rob Black, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry president and CEO

New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) and appears online shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 (WORLD) on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland takes an in-depth look at redistricting as she talks with Lilly Irvin-Vitela of New Mexico First and Rob Black of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry about how a citizen’s task force is working to redraw...

New Mexico is leading the world in developing policy and technology in recycling and reusing oil and gas wastewater (pro...
09/10/2020

New Mexico is leading the world in developing policy and technology in recycling and reusing oil and gas wastewater (produced water). Our panel of experts will discuss how we came to be leaders in the sector, where the process is today and what the future holds for a more sustainable energy and water future.

Speakers:
Nathan Small, NM House of Representatives
Mike Hightower, Program Director, NM Produced Water Research Consortium
Jennifer Bradfute, Senior Attorney, Marathon Oil

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-produced-water-64

With New Mexico’s proximity to international borders, excellence in technology development, and our renewable energy mar...
09/07/2020

With New Mexico’s proximity to international borders, excellence in technology development, and our renewable energy market, our business community is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the many new opportunities that the post-COVID world will present. Our panel of experts will talk about our current economic outlook and how we can gear up to grow and diversify our economy.

Speaker:
Jerry Pacheco, President & CEO, Border Industrial Association

Additional panelists to be announced soon!

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-trade-economic-growth-opportunities-in-new-mexico-63

With New Mexico’s proximity to international borders, excellence in technology development, and our renewable energy mar...
09/03/2020

With New Mexico’s proximity to international borders, excellence in technology development, and our renewable energy market, our business community is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the many new opportunities that the post-COVID world will present. Our panel of experts will talk about our current economic outlook and how we can gear up to grow and diversify our economy.

Speaker:
Jerry Pacheco, President & CEO, Border Industrial Association

Additional panelists to be announced soon!

FREE for NMACI Members
$15 for Non-NMACI Members

REGISTER: http://acinm.chambermaster.com/events/details/webinar-trade-economic-growth-opportunities-in-new-mexico-63

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with chambers, associations, businesses and educatio...
08/31/2020
Survey, focus groups aim to boost New Mexico competitiveness

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with chambers, associations, businesses and educational institutions around the state, is drafting a statewide economic strategy action plan.

The survey below is an important part of assessing the current situation and future opportunities for New Mexico’s economy. Your opinion is needed to ensure the most comprehensive representation possible. Please take ten minutes to complete the survey.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/newmexicosurvey

The survey, which went live Monday, has the backing of companies such as computer chip manufacturer Intel along with some of the state's largest utilities, banks and credit unions.

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