Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Blog

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by santafechamber on December 18, 2012

On behalf of the Board, members and staff of the Chamber I’d like to wish everyone very happy holidays and best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year.

As always we encourage you to shop locally during the holiday season. Every dollar spent in Santa Fe multiplies and circulates through our local economy generating tax revenue with every transaction. Money spent online or out of town is gone forever and does nothing to pay for public safety, streets and civic amenities.

The holidays are a time to take stock of the past year and look ahead to 2013. In spite of a difficult economy I’m pleased to say that the Chamber is strong. We are settled in our new St. Michael’s Drive office and our membership is growing after a tough couple of years. Thanks to great leadership by Past Chair Fred Cisneros and current Chair Scott Hutton we have an excellent and involved Board of Directors engaged in important issues such as education, tourism, economic development, LANL support and other public policy issues.

The Chamber recognizes that Los Alamos National Labs is critically important to the region’s economy. The total economic impact of LANL to the state is 23,641 in employment, $1.6 billion in labor income, and $2.9 billion in economic output plus significant tax impacts. We are working collaboratively at the local, state and national level to maintain funding to support the diverse missions of the Lab and the hundreds of suppliers and contractors who create jobs in our community. New Mexico is very dependent on federal money and therefore is vulnerable to budget cuts. We believe that LANL funding is a bipartisan issue and should be strongly supported by every local legislator.

We are pleased to welcome Great Lakes Airlines back to Santa Fe providing direct service to Denver and Jet Blue Airlines providing direct service from Albuquerque to New York JFK. The Chamber has been a strong advocate of improved transportation service and these links will benefit business in Santa Fe.

Tourism remains hugely important to our local economy providing 8000+ jobs for Santa Feans. We are lobbying aggressively at the state level for increased funding for tourism marketing which benefits every community in New Mexico.

Locally we continue to support unlinking the minimum wage from automatic cost-of-living increases – a position supported by the Santa Fe New Mexican and ACI – the state chamber. The mandated minimum wage in Santa Fe is the highest in the nation and $3 an hour higher than New York City. And we support the repeal of the Community Workforce Agreement which increases costs to taxpayers and drives jobs out of town. We are also strong supporters of Santa Fe Community College’s Higher Learning Center and look forward to a ground-breaking ceremony!

As always, our networking events are strongly attended. Santa Feans do business with people they know. Our job is to provide the forum for these relationships to develop.  We have recently started a series of free brown bag lunches to help inform members about business –related topics. See the calendar of upcoming events here http://www.santafechamber.com/events/

We are preparing our 2013 calendar of events and your business can benefit from being a sponsor of a Chamber event. More details here http://www.santafechamber.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCNews/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=179 or call 988-3279.

Thank you for your investment and we wish you a prosperous 2013!

Simon Brackley

President and CEO

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