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District 2 Accomplishments - 2009 – 2015 (April)

  • Established temporary Bernalillo County Positions/Jobs | $500k
     
    • In 2009, Commissioner Art De La Cruz sponsored a $500,000 county stimulus package that created 100 temporary jobs in the county workforce.

“A half-a-million dollars will not cure the economic times, but this stimulus money helped some people who had lost their jobs and were displaced in the workforce,” says Commissioner De La Cruz.

According to the Department of Workforce Solutions, direct jobs provide an economic stimulus equal to five times the salary. It is estimated that Bernalillo County’s $500,000 appropriation would be multiplied by a factor of five to create an economic stimulus of $2.5 million dollars.

  • Reduced Impact Fees by 75%
     
    • When new commercial construction is planned, impact fees are assessed to help pay for infrastructure improvements, such as water, sewer, streets and storm drainage. During tough economic times, these fees can be a hindrance to builders. Commissioner De La Cruz proposed and the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution to lower impact fees by 75 percent to help keep new construction costs down and preserve construction-related jobs.
       
  • Increased the Operating Budget and Staff Levels of the Economic Development Department | $200k
     
    • In 2009, Commissioner De La Cruz saw the need for the County’s Economic Development Department to grow to meet the changing needs of Bernalillo County’s business community. The commissioner worked with the county manager to increase the staff to include a special projects coordinator, a business development specialist, and a marketing specialist, whose emphasis is working with the film and television industries. The department continues to evolve and grow.
       
  • Bridge Street Sector Plan Including Historical Overlay Zone to attract more businesses | $900k
     
  • US Foods: Four-State Regional Food Warehouse Complex – 35 new jobs | $53 million
     
  • Small Business Revolving Micro Loans | $1 million
     
    • In 2010, Commissioner Art De La Cruz and the Bernalillo County Economic Development Department announced the Bernalillo County’s Increment of 1 bridge loan program. This business incentive will allow small businesses to apply for loans from $5,000 to $50,000.       

The program tracks and develops a strong business model for each business before and after a loan is disbursed. Each company receives a business adviser.

“This program isn't just about lending money out, but growing businesses,” says Commissioner Art De La Cruz.

The money to support the loans comes from Bernalillo County and three private partners to total $1 million. Increment of 1 has a goal to create more than 550 jobs over two years.

  • Employment Seminar and Job Fair | $5.2k
     
  • West Central Avenue Sector Plan | $100k
     
  • Hosted Business Summits in 2013 and 2014 | $2k
     
  • New Mexico Food Distributors expansion at Mesa del Sol – 80 new jobs | $9 million
     
  • Silver Moon Lodge Workforce Housing – 4 new jobs | $8 million
     
  • Downtown Grocery Store | $11.3 million​
     
  • CFV Solar - 25 new jobs | $3 million
     
  • Admiral Beverage Corporation Warehouse Distribution - 35 new jobs | $30 million
     
  • Las Estancias Mixed-Use Development – 230 new jobs | $1.5 million
     
  • TW Investments (Wise Recycling) – 8 new jobs | $700k
     
  • UR 205 Silver (Imperial Building) Retail/Workforce housing – 62 new jobs | $11 million
     
  • Rodgers Plumbing Commercial/Residential Plumbing – 30 new jobs | $575k​
     
  • CAANES Cyber Security – 40 new jobs | $4 million
     
  • United Poly Industrial Manufacture – 30 new jobs | $9 million​
     
  • Carmike Cinemas of Las Estancias Groundbreaking 
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  • Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada cordially welcomes you to Dolores Huerta Gateway Park Dedication on Saturday, April 1. Parking is limited at the site of the event. We suggest you park at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and take the shuttle buses to the dedication ceremony. The 24th Annual Cesar Chavez Day March will begin at Dolores Huerta Gateway Park at 10:50 a.m. and will continue on over the river bridge, through the Barelas neighborhood and end at the NHCC. If you don’t want to be part of the walk, shuttle buses will be available to return you to the NHCC parking lot.
    Location:
    100 Isleta at Bridge Blvd., SW

  • Planning meeting to discuss the Los Padillas Community Center Service Area Master Plan.
    Location:
    Los Padillas Community Center, 2117 Los Padillas Road SW

  • Join the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Keep Bernalillo County beautiful by participating in the Great American Cleanup! We are looking for sports teams, families, neighborhood and civic organizations, military groups, business leaders, school, church groups, and anyone else interested in a beautiful community to adopt a location in your community and do a cleanup. This a great way for students to earn community service hours. This is a public right of way, school, open space, and park cleanup. Take pride in your community! Register today – Link of pdf form Pick up your supplies and dispose of your litter at the Community Center closest to you: Raymond G Sanchez Community Center, 9800 4th St. NW Westside Community Center – 150 Isleta Blvd. SW Stanford Center (by UNMH), 111 Stanford Dr., NE Paradise Hills Community Center – 5901 Paradise Blvd. NW Los Vecinos Community Center – 478 NM 333, Tijeras, NM 87059 Trash bags will be supplied. T-shirts and goodie bags while supplies last. Gloves will be available to check out. For more information, email gac@bernco.gov or call 505-314-0478.
    Location:
    Various locations around Bernalillo County

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