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County authorizes IRBs for glove factory

Friday, December 28, 2018

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners discussed and approved the issuance and sale of industrial revenue bonds for the benefit of Rhino Health, LLC at the Nov. 20 regular meeting. Rhino Health, LLC is a South Korea-based supply company that applied to the county to utilize the shuttered glove factory near Church Rock to produce nitrile gloves of various sizes. The plant was used to manufacture latex gloves before being closed in the early 2000s. Continue to full article 
Bloomberg Ranks NM No. 1 for Economic Gains

Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Mexico’s economy is red hot! According to a recent report by Bloomberg, New Mexico’s economy leads other states in job and wage gains since January 2017, according to analyses by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Nevada, Arizona, California and Georgia rounded out the top five. According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which the Federal Reserve Bank uses to conduct these analyses, New Mexico saw the greatest decline in the unemployment rate for any state. This decline beats every other state in the nation by a large margin. Forbes (Oct. 4) indicates that, “This will come as...
NM Ski Resorts Off to a Fast Start

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Snowfall at New Mexico ski resorts has already outpaced last year, making industry leaders optimistic as resorts begin to open for the 2018-2019 season. Last year was a punishing one for New Mexico ski resorts. A drier than average snow season left many resorts with far lower visits, and therefore revenue, for the season. Ski Santa Fe has already received 85 percent of its 2017 season snowfall total. The resort opened on Thanksgiving Day as planned this season. Last year, the opening was pushed to mid-December because of lack of snow. Continue to full article
NM posts largest job growth in 12 years

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico continues its ascent out of the economic doldrums, with job numbers in October showing the biggest percentage gain in a dozen years. The state’s employment rate registered 2.8 percent in October compared to the year before, according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. The last time the state has seen any kind of growth over 2.6 percent was in September 2006, when the increase measured 2.9 percent, the agency said. Continue to full article
New Mexico tops in women-owned businesses

Sunday, December 23, 2018

New Mexico also recently was named one of the best states for women entrepreneurs In the past 20 years, the United States has seen a 114 percent increase in women-owned businesses. And yet, despite the push towards gender equality in the workplace, the nation still has a long way to go. Next year is sure to be another big one for women, so the data analytics team at Frontier Business decided to take a look at the most progressive states for women in business. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the team ranked every state according to the percentage of businesses...
Governor Susana Martinez Announces $250,000 to Assist Small Science & Technology Companies

Friday, December 21, 2018

Six Local Companies Receive SBIR Matching Grants Santa Fe, N.M. – Governor Susana Martinez announced that six New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Matching Grants to help their businesses grow. The NMSBIR program, launched by Governor Martinez, is designed to support science and technology companies by assisting businesses in achieving development and commercialization goals. “We’ve worked hard to create new tools to help our local startups thrive and now more homegrown companies are using our powerful job creation tools to grow here in New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez. “Tools like these help our local companies get...
Why the Award-Winning Escalante Generating Station Calls Gallup Home

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Escalante Generating Station is an asset to the greater Gallup area and all rural New Mexico. This coal-fired power station provides power for the majority of rural New Mexico, powering up to 225,000 homes, businesses and ranches each year. Their highly-skilled employees ensure that the plant runs continuously and provides a steady flow of electricity. The skilled labor found in the Gallup region, combined with their aggressive internal training program, has made it possible for the Escalante Generating Station to remain strong, in spite of economic and political shifts. Award-Winning Power Station The generating station’s culture is one of employee and environmental...
Governor Martinez Announces International Glove Manufacturer Selects New Mexico

Friday, December 14, 2018

Rhino Health Will Create Up To 350 New Jobs in Church Rock; Invest more than $49 million Church Rock, N.M. – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that the Korean nitrile glove manufacturing company, Rhino Health, will expand to Church Rock on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation and create up to 350 new jobs. Rhino Health LLC is a US-based company with a global management team from a leading Korean rubber conglomerate, Jungwoo Rubber & Plastic. The company also plans to invest more than $49 million in their new 124,000 square foot manufacturing facility and warehouse. This international recruitment is supported by...
GGEDC Executive Director attends 2018 EAIC Annual Meeting & Conference

Thursday, December 06, 2018

On October 29th & 30th, the EAIC hosted its Annual Meeting & Conference 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more than 70 attendees, including EAIC Community and Corporate Members, Advisory Council Experts, European automotive suppliers and distinguished outside guests. Monday, October 29th, saw the EAIC Annual Meeting - our exclusive member-only event to discuss the strategic orientation of the organization.
HERITAGE COMMUNITY AWARD CELEBRATES BNSF'S RELATIONSHIP WITH RAILROAD TOWNS

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The United States is dotted with cities that share a long history with railroads. In fact, many of them came into existence as part of the westward expansion led by BNSF predecessor lines like Northern Pacific, Great Northern, Frisco and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. Many of these communities continue to embrace their past, present and future ties to freight rail. To honor these communities, BNSF created a special Heritage Community Award. "There are a number of communities that really have stood out through the course of our railroad's history. We've grown together, worked cooperatively, and really had each other's back," said...
Gallup Pipeline and Compliance Services is Growing and Looking to Grow Gallup With It

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Gallup Pipeline and Compliance Services, LLC (GPCS) is a thriving Gallup company, serving the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas. Since launching the company, owner Roger Montano has continued to expand, something that has been made possible by the dedication and skill of his team. “Without our ‘family’ of employees none of this would be possible,” said Roger. His ultimate goal is to help stimulate economic growth in Gallup and the surrounding communities through the expansion of GPCS and the continued hiring of local talent. With local and regional infrastructure needing to be improved, there...
What Role Can Economic Developers Play in Reducing Childhood Poverty?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bernard Baah-Kumi, a doctoral student at New Mexico State University and intern at the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, is seeking to understand how economic development activities can reduce childhood poverty. His objective is to find out the structural factors militating against child poverty and recommend policies for dealing with these structural factors. Childhood poverty is a critical issue locally, nationally, and globally. Addressing this pressing issue is critical for the health and wellbeing of children today, and for the future of the economy. Children who grow up in poverty are at an increased risk for dropping out of school, delinquency, drug...
Standard Solar completes 9.8-MW solar farm in Gallup, New Mexico

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Standard Solar recently celebrated the completion of a 9.8-MW solar project for City of Gallup, New Mexico. Standard Solar provided financing for the 28,896 panel single-axis tracker array. The solar farm is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh of power annually, saving the city approximately $785,000 and providing nearly 10% of the city’s energy use. The solar farm, constructed on approximately 31 acres of city-owned land south of Interstate Highway 40, will generate enough electricity to power 2,500 homes and offset production of 3,500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Continue to full article
New Mexico city near Navajo Nation sees tourism jump

Friday, August 31, 2018

GALLUP, N.M. – A western New Mexico city surrounded by Navajo culture and Native arts and crafts is experiencing a tourism boom not seen since the 1970s. Officials in Gallup, New Mexico, say the city has seen an increase of about 7 to 10 percent in visitors thanks to foreign tourists, The Gallup Independent reports . Helping drive the interest in Native culture and crafts is a favorable exchange rate that makes it economical for foreign tourists to visit in the summer, according to tourism officials in the city. Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce director Bill Lee says the area is seeing visitors...
County approves $30 million IRB for construction of glove factory

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Members of the McKinley County Smart Growth Commission were at the regular McKinley County Board of Commissioners meeting July 24 to recommend that the county approve a $30 million industrial revenue bond as an economic development incentive to Rhino’s Health LLC, a supply company based out of South Korea. The plan laid out by Sharlene Begay-Platero, an industrial specialist with the Navajo Nation, involves utilizing the empty factory to the east of Fire Rock Casino, 309 E. Highway 66, as a manufacturer of nitrile gloves, which will bring in an anticipated number of 300 to 400 employees. The plant was used...
Gallup, NM Small Business receives technical assistance from national laboratory for Unexploded Ordnance

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Advanced Impact Environmental has been awarded up to $20,000 in technical assistance from the NMSBA Program at Sandia National Labs Gallup, NM – The UNM-Gallup Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) today announced that Sandia National Laboratories has awarded  up to $20,000 in technical assistance to Advanced Impact Environmental, a Gallup, NM-based business, under the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program to advance their work in UXO – unexploded ordnance. “Advanced Impact CEO Craig Morris and his partner Amanda Gomez have been marketing their environmental remediation company with local, state, tribal and federal governments especially in...
NM’s huge strides toward healthier economy

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

In the last seven years, we’ve made huge strides in creating a healthier economy and a better business climate, which has allowed us to help private sector businesses create new jobs in New Mexico. This commitment to economic development has grown and diversified New Mexico’s economy, and the numbers bear that out. Under the leadership of Gov. Susana Martinez, we have prioritized and strengthened JTIP and LEDA – two crucial economic development tools, and we’ve launched new ones like the Catalyst Fund, to grow New Mexico companies. These tools strengthen our workforce and build the business infrastructure. They expand New Mexico’s...
An entrepreneur’s mindset for NM

Friday, August 17, 2018

When one examines the growth of economies in cities, states or small nations, it is apparent that those with the highest rates of job creation and salary growth owe this growth to entrepreneurs who are using high-tech to start new companies with high-growth potential. The dominant religions in an area, through impact on local culture, seem to be very important to an economy. This impact can be either positive or negative. For example, two of the fastest growing high-tech economies, Israel (Jewish) and Northern Utah (Mormon) are particularly successful at producing entrepreneurs. Conversely, New Mexico (Catholic and Protestant), despite a high...
Another source for business loans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Since the financial meltdown of 2008, bankers have endeavored to serve the borrowing needs of their entrepreneurial customers. But laws such as Dodd-Frank — meant to regulate large banks and curb excessive risk-taking — put an overall squeeze on access to capital, especially for those with business startup dreams and little credit history. Banks now have money to lend, but many entrepreneurs don’t fit a typical bank’s customer profile. Startups often lack a track record of business success and the collateral necessary to secure a traditional bank loan. But savvy community bankers don’t turn away business customers whose borrowing needs can’t...
Secretary Geisel Announces LEADS and Solo Worker Grants for New Mexico Communities

Friday, August 10, 2018

Santa Fe, N.M. - Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel, announced $156,850 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 16 communities across the state as well as $66,500 in Solo Worker grants to 3 communities. The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy. "These community development grants will further our work to grow and diversify New Mexico’s economy," said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. "These LEADS and Solo Worker grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development. With the awarded funds,...
County approves $30 million IRB for construction of glove factory

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Members of the McKinley County Smart Growth Commission were at the regular McKinley County Board of Commissioners meeting July 24 to recommend that the county approve a $30 million industrial revenue bond as an economic development incentive to Rhino’s Health LLC, a supply company based out of South Korea. The plan laid out by Sharlene Begay-Platero, an industrial specialist with the Navajo Nation, involves utilizing the empty factory to the east of Fire Rock Casino, 309 E. Highway 66, as a manufacturer of nitrile gloves, which will bring in an anticipated number of 300 to 400 employees. The plant was used...
A helping hand for Navajo vets

Monday, July 23, 2018

Roughly 15 miles outside of Gallup on tribal land, a dilapidated mobile home sits in a scrubby lot. By the looks of it, children must live here, too, as there are tricycles and toys scattered in the dirt. Several small dogs are tethered outside and whine and wag their tails at the construction crew. Just feet from the mobile home, the family’s brand new house is being finished, with several Air National Guard members inside laying flooring and hooking up the plumbing and electricity. Click here for the complete article.
Allison Rd Solar Park Now Producing Power - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, July 20, 2018

The City of Gallup will be celebrating its 9.8 megawatt solar park with a ribbon cutting ceremony on site at 10:00 a.m. on July 17, 2018. Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney and the City Council approved a 25 year power purchase agreement December 13, 2016 to get the project started.  The single-axis tracker array includes 28,896, 340 watt photovoltaic solar modules.  Allison Rd Solar Park is located on approximately 35 acres of City-owned property located south of I-40, between Allison Road and Munoz Overpass (Hwy NM-602).  The City will save roughly $20,000 the first year of operation over power purchased from our...
Groups working to build homes for Native American veterans

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Building and donating homes to Native American veterans is what the South Carolina Air National Guard, U.S. Navy and Southwest Indian Foundation are all about this summer. The 169th Civil Engineer Squadron are working with SWIF and the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Construction Battalion 22 for two weeks to help get conventionally framed homes built for the Native American veterans in the surrounding area. The unit has been in town since July 8 and will be here until July 21. There are about 40 airmen deployed working on what they call their Innovative Readiness Training. They will be doing all phases of the...
Encouraging Homegrown Businesses in Gallup and McKinley County

Monday, July 02, 2018

Business recruitment is a common, traditional approach used to spur economic growth. Cities will often offer companies tax breaks and other financial incentives to attract them to an area. While it’s true that the right company can bring in hundreds of jobs and have a dramatic impact on a region, in our global economy this process of courting companies has become more competitive than ever. In more recent years, economic development leaders have been using a wider array of tactics to encourage growth. Business recruitment is still an objective. But it’s not the only one. Homegrown businesses are creating jobs Did you know...
GGEDC Applauds Creation of Opportunity Zones in McKinley County

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gallup, NM - On Monday, Governor Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico had been officially added to the list of states with Qualified Opportunity Zones. McKinley County received three Opportunity Zone designations. The program was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and is designed to spur investment in economically distressed census tracts with tax incentives for investors. Census tracts within McKinley County receiving Opportunity Zone designations were: (1) 9452, which primarily includes all of Gallup west of US Hwy 491 / 602 and includes the Gallup Municipal Airport, proposed Allison Interchange, and the Rico Property - a...

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