CLOVIS (KSMX)- There’s no doubt that active duty service members and their families from Cannon Air Force Base plays an important role within the local community. However, upon separating from the military, many service members are overwhelmed with important life choices like where to work and live and many of them are choosing to move away.
In an effort to make Clovis their first choice, Clovis Economic Development (CIDC) in conjunction with the Clovis/Curry County Chamber and Committee of 50 are launching a military retention initiative that will provide employment, education opportunities and other beneficial resources to service members who are within 18 months of separation.
By working closely with Cannon Air Force Base, government contractors, local businesses and schools, the CIDC and the Committee of 50 will be able to empower service members in their transition to civilian life. Whether their goal is to settle down with a new career path, find reliable schools for their families, or pursue their own educational dreams, the Clovis Military Retention Program will help service members realize the many benefits of making Clovis their home and will make it easier for them to do so.
The strengthening of this mutually beneficial relationship would provide countless economic benefits for the community by sparking future projects, new economic development and creating additional jobs.
The program will roll out in two phases early this year.
For phase one, this month the CIDC is hosting a luncheon with government contractors at Cannon Air Force Base. The CIDC is working with Andrea Corpening of Elite Business Performance, LLC to coordinate this networking event, which will help deepen the relationship between the community and contractors in an effort to alleviate the challenges that expanding companies and government contractors often face when identifying a workforce.
The second phase of the program will be an event to connect the military community with many local organizations, businesses and resources.
Slated for the second quarter 2020, this event will support Cannon Air Force Bases Transition Assistance Programs and will target any service members within 18 months of separation in order to emphasize all the things Clovis has to offer.
The team is hoping to bring together representatives from New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University and more to make this event a success.