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2020 Curry/Clovis Chamber of Commerce Legislative Positions

CLOVIS (KSMX)- The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Economic Development (CIDC) are non-profit organizations that represent business and economic development in Clovis and Curry County. The Chamber and CIDC are a unified voice of 750 plus representative members including business and community leaders within Clovis and Curry County.

Business Enterprise Center Capital Outlay

The Chamber and CIDC request $185,000 in capital outlay for improvements to the Business Enterprise Center including electrical, equipment, lighting upgrades and paving of the parking lot and alley.

City of Clovis and Curry County Capital Outlay

CIDC and the Chamber support the City of Clovis and Curry County Capital Outlay requests.

Tourism Department

The Chamber and CIDC support adequate funding of the New Mexico Tourism Department for marketing and promotion activities with dedicated funding for the promotion of rural New Mexico. Many rural communities are not receiving cooperative grants under the NM True Initiative and the Chamber and CIDC support the inclusion of all communities in the program.

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

The Chamber and CIDC strongly support the continued support and funding for the Eastern New Mexico Water System Utility Supply Project and encourages the Legislature to continue their support of this regional rural water supply project in eastern New Mexico.

Jobs Task Force Recommendations/NM-IDEA

The Chamber and CIDC support the recommendations of the 2019 House Memorial #19 Jobs Task Force and the legislative priorities of the Statewide Economic Development Executives Association (NM-IDEA).

Clovis Municipal Schools

The Clovis Municipal School District is among the largest employers in the Clovis/Curry County area. As such, the Chamber and CIDC support increased discretionary funding to public schools, thereby facilitating local control and decision- making concerning expenditures of school budgets.

Small Business Development Center

The New Mexico Small Business Development Center is a viable economic partner for New Mexico businesses. Over the last 26 years, NMSBDC has faithfully served New Mexico’s entrepreneurs. The NMSBDC will continue to place its

fundamental focus on this important task and expand efforts in serving economic-based businesses. The NMSBDC provides technical assistance in the form of one-on-one confidential business advising, seminars, workshops, resources, and referrals. The Chamber and CIDC support the continued expansion of services and related activities of the NMSBDC Network

MainStreet

The Chamber and CIDC support increased investment for the New Mexico MainStreet program. MainStreet works throughout the State’s downtown communities to create an economically feasible business environment through the preservation of historical and cultural locations.

Economic Development Incentives

The Chamber and CIDC support retaining all economic development incentives and oppose any legislative changes that would create a competitive disadvantage. New Mexico must maintain a competitive environment to attract new jobs and industry to the State. Specific incentives include The Job Training Incentive Program, High Wage Jobs Tax Credit, Manufacturers Investment Tax Credit, Angel Tax Credit, R & D Tax Credit and the Rural Jobs Tax Credit.

Industrial Revenue Bonds

The Chamber and CIDC oppose any changes to the Municipal Industrial Revenue Bond Act that would limit the ability of a municipal government to issue IRB’s within 15 miles of its borders. Current New Mexico State Law requires municipalities to notify the County, County Assessor and provide public notice of the intent for the municipality to issue an IRB in the newspaper. Any change in the process that would complicate or delay the ability of municipalities to issue IRB’s would harm economic development efforts within the State.

The Chamber and CIDC support changes to the Municipal Industrial Revenue Bond Act that would allow municipalities to issue retail industrial revenue bonds within municipal borders.

Economic Development Coop Advertising Program and Staff Augmentation

The Chamber and CIDC support the re-establishing funding for the economic development cooperative advertising program.

Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP)

The Chamber and CIDC support adequate funding of JTIP for economic development as requested by the New Mexico Economic Development Department. We also support recurring, non-reverting funding for the JTIP Program. This incentive is important to our new and expanding industries.

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