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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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  • This public hearing will provide a summary of the environmental assessment and its major findings, as well as provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the environmental assessment and the proposed action.
    Location:
    Mountain View Community Center
    201 Prosperity Ave. SE
    Albuquerque, NM

  • The South Valley Mini Clean-Ups are provided as a community service for the area residents. Please help us continue this important service to AREA households and respect the requirement that the service is NOT open to ANY type of business or commercial service:
    • Only those residents who live in the immediate area of the mini clean-up location and meet the requirements below are invited to participate
    • Residents will need to provide a form of residential address identification AND a county issued clean-up flier or notice of violation received from a Bernalillo County
    • The clean-ups will operate from 8 a.m. to noon only or until the dumpsters are full.
    • NO refrigerators or freezers will be accepted
    • Locations that will accept household hazardous or chemical waste are indicated with ‘HHW’
    • If you have questions or need more information about the mini clean-ups, please contact Anthony Vigil at (505) 848-1531
    • Please Note: If you have household hazardous waste and/or chemical waste that needs to be properly disposed of, please visit Advanced Chemical Transport (ACT Inc.) located at 6133 Edith Boulevard NE; for their business hours, call (505) 349-5220. To report graffiti in Bernalillo County, call 24-ERASE (243-7273) or e-mail 24ERASE@bernco.gov.
    Location:
    900 Armijo Rd. SW @ Lopez and Armijo Roads

  • Join the Bernalillo County Public Safety Division for two “Pancakes with Public Safety” fundraisers on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, August 8. The events will raise money for the United Way of Central New Mexico and introduce you to Bernalillo County’s exciting public safety departments.
    Location:
    Bernalillo County Fire Station 32, 1701 Arenal Street SW.

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