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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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    9550 Pajarito SW. From Interstate 25, take the Rio Bravo exit and head west to Coors. Turn left onto Coors, go south 2.5 miles to Pajarito SW, turn right onto Pajarito Road and proceed 2.8 miles to the building.

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    South Valley Economic Development Center, 318 Isleta Blvd SW

  • You’re invited to Valle de Oro's 4th Birthday Celebration! Join us Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge’s birthday event. We’re kicking off the Refuge’s fourth year with cake, hayrides, music, food trucks, and interactive activities. This year’s event is farm-themed in honor of the property’s historic farming culture as we transition from farm fields to a restored natural habitat. This family-friendly event is free so come join us for a fun and educational day. The refuge is at 7851 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 .
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    Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

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