Business

Op-Ed: State Economy Needs Investment, Vision

By Liddie Martinez, chairwoman of the Economic Recovery Council’s Subcommittee on Economic Relief
&
Brian O’Leary, chairman of the council’s Subcommittee on Economic Development

As the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to carefully follow through on its plan for gradually reopening the New Mexico economy, it’s time to start focusing our attention further out on the horizon.

The first order of business should be to extend a helping hand to the many homegrown, small businesses struggling to recover from the damage inflicted by COVID-19. Federal aid has been helpful,


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NMDWS: Connecting Job Seekers To Businesses With Immediate Job Openings Through ‘All Hands, New Mexico!’ 

NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — As the state continues its efforts for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) and New Mexico Workforce Connection Centers (NMWC) are here to help businesses quickly fill their vacant positions with skilled workers they can depend on through the initiative ‘All Hands, New Mexico!’

“As Governor Lujan Grisham oversees the re-opening of New Mexico’s economy safely it is important for New Mexicans to know what jobs are now available,” NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill


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FBI: Craig M. Young Sentenced To 71 Months In Prison In $11 Million Ayudando Guardians Financial Fraud Scheme

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge in Santa Fe, New Mexico sentenced Craig M. Young, 55, of Albuquerque to 71 months in federal prison Monday for conspiracy and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the operation of Ayudando Guardians, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Albuquerque that previously provided guardianship, conservatorship, and financial management to hundreds of people with special needs.

Young pleaded guilty Nov. 12, 2019. In his plea agreement, he admitted committing these crimes while employed as a guardian for Ayudando.

Young used a business


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New Mexico Governor Announces Film Council Members

James D. Gollin

STATE News:

SANTA FE – A panel of experts and industry leaders have been appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as members of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

James D. Gollin will serves as Council Chair and work with Gov. Lujan Grisham, Secretary Keyes, and New Mexico Film Office Director Amber Dodson and her staff, to reinvent the role of the Film Council, helping to ensure New Mexico sustains the industry’s growth and create higher-paying jobs.

“The growth of New


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Zia Credit Union: Divino Live In Concert On Facebook June 19

ZIA CU presents Divino in a virtual concert live on Facebook 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 19. Courtesy/ZIACU

ZIA Credit Union News:

One thing is for certain, this summer’s activities will look a lot different than they have in the past. When Zia Credit Union realized that due to the ongoing COVID gathering restrictions it wouldn’t be able to hold its annual Summer Music Fest in Española or sponsor an evening during the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, it decided to try something new.

The result is a virtual concert live on Facebook 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 19. The concert will feature Divino, a Northern New


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NMDWS: Work Search Waiver Scheduled To End July 18

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — In March, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) waived the work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants who had lost their job or had hours reduced as a result of COVID-19.

This waiver will end July 18, 2020.

Claimants receiving benefits will be required to verify that at least two work searches occurred each week when submitting their certification. In upcoming weeks, NMDWS in coordination with New Mexico Workforce Connection offices, will be providing guidance, training, and workshop options to claimants that will satisfy


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DNCU Awards Scholarships To 10 Graduating Seniors

DNCU News:

  • In its 20th year of awarding scholarships, DNCU assists students during a time of uncertainty.

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce the 10 recipients of the DNCU Scholarship program for the 2020-21 school year.

Each finalist will receive $1,000 toward their higher education goals – a college or vocational school of their choice.

“The scholarship program at DNCU was created to inspire younger generations to reach their full potential and we are honored to present these exemplary students with scholarships,”


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Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Hail $500,000 Grant To DreamSpring Community Development Association To Support 268 Jobs

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) applauded a $500,000 grant to DreamSpring Community Development Association from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The grant will help DreamSpring roll out the community development financial institution’s Expreso loan program and support loan recipients to create an anticipated 268 jobs in designated Opportunity Zones. 

“Community Development Financial Institutions like DreamSpring are


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New Mexico Auditor Brian Colón On Firing Of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services CEO David Conejo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico State Auditor Brian S. Colón issued the following statement Thursday on the firing of CEO David Conejo of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (Hospital):

“I have long been concerned with the troubling allegations of gross operational mismanagement, failure to communicate, and lack of transparency at the Hospital under the leadership of CEO David Conejo,” Colón said. “Over the past year I have held Mr. Conejo and the Hospital administration accountable and will continue my attentive and vigilant oversight of the Hospital’s fiscal operations.


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