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Coming Soon- Agave Plaza in Carlsbad

There have been some recent new developments on the business front. WIPP Communications Director Donavan Mager and his fiancée, Patty Boulware, who has been a…
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Burkes Outlet- Coming Soon to Artesia

The Blue Quail Shopping Center located on West Mainstreet in Artesia will have a new shop! Burkes Outlet will replace the previous Bealls storefront. Burkes…
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Artesia Mayoral Candidate Forum

This Thursday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main, to meet the five candidates running to be the…
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City Council Meeting Notes January 2022

The January 11th City Council Meeting started with a request for city facilities from the Outkast Softball Organization. The organization requested the use of the…
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EDD: Governor’s Economic Investments Will Grow Wealth, Expand Economic Security

Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposed budget for the Economic Development Department (EDD) will expand the foundational efforts for a more diverse and resilient economy that can build economic security for New Mexico families and create generational wealth. The governor has targeted strategic investments in economic development – many of them identified in EDD’s 20-year Strategic Plan that was unveiled in November: “Empower and Collaborate: New Mexico’s Path Forward [2].” The proposed budget would allocate an additional $4.4 million from the General Fund to EDD over the current spending level. The priorities include additional support for rural, tribal, and under-served communities as well as more dollars for business incubators, outdoor recreation, job training, and outreach to market opportunities in New Mexico’s international Borderplex. The executive budget also includes replenishing EDD’s job-creation fund, the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA), and adds funding to build critical infrastructure at rural business and industrial parks for a total of $50 million. It also increases recurring funding for the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) from $5 million to $6 million and provides $7 million as a special appropriation, increasing total job-training grants to $13 million for FY 2023. “Despite the pandemic, the state has had tremendous success in attracting new businesses, helping New Mexico businesses expand, and supporting new higher-paying jobs,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said.…
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Recycle That Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

CVE partnered with Artesia Clean and Beautiful to bring to the community a “fresh-cut” Christmas Tree recycling drop site. The drop site is located in…
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Newest Data From State Economic Development Showing Strong County-Level Growth Across New Mexico

New Mexico Economic Development (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said the latest county-by-county economic data shows strong economic growth in most industries across the state, but continued investment is needed to create jobs and broaden employment opportunities. The county reports data is gathered quarterly by EDD economists and published on the agency’s website [2]. The data has been published quarterly since May of 2020 for all 33 New Mexico counties. Data for the reports is aggregated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, N.M. Taxation and Revenue Department, Department of Workforce Solutions, U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The format provides state and local government decision makers a one-stop comprehensive analysis of microeconomic activity on the county level. Cabinet Secretary Keyes said the EDD’s Statewide Strategic Plan, “Empower and Collaborate – New Mexico’s Path Forward,” emphasizes the importance of continued investment in economic development so communities across the state can move forward together to achieve a more resilient economic future.  “The data shows statewide improvement in 16 of 21 industry sectors with GRT increasing 15% in all industries over the year,” Keyes said. “Growth is especially strong in areas that were hardest hit by the pandemic. As we move forward to create more higher-paying jobs, we will need to be strategic and make sure every community benefits.” The newest reports cover the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 – July, August, and September of 2021. The data shows 29 of 33 counties exhibiting significant economic growth. Growth is especially strong in areas that were hardest hit by the pandemic. The arts, entertainment, and recreation industry is recoding a…
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Seek 1st Basketball to Begin in January

Seek First, the youth basketball league hosted by the First Baptist Church of Artesia, held its annual skills evaluation clinic this past Monday and Tuesday…

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