New Mexico is a land of great diversity with complementary cultures, varied geography and assets, and a dedicated workforce all make the state an attractive location for many different types of businesses. Industries that have established themselves in New Mexico include aerospace and defense, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, logistics and distribution, technology commercialization, energy and renewable resources, and digital media.
The state’s regions vary as much as its assets and geography. The following is an overview of each region, their key communities, assets and industry targets, to assist with many project location needs.
Region 1: Northwestern New Mexico
Key Communities: Rio Rancho, Farmington, Gallup, Grants, Navajo Nation
Northwestern New Mexico is home to branch campuses of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University as well Navajo Technical University and San Juan College and the School of Energy. Oil, gas and mining industries have called this area home for many years and boasts leading-edge technology and skills for these extractive industries. Transportation and logistics infrastructure is firmly in place with Interstate 40 (California to North Carolina) and BNSF passing through the region and communities such as Gallup and Grants.
Breathtaking and iconic views can also be found in the region with Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. With the influence and natural artisan skill of the Navajo Nation you can find many beautiful pieces of art and tapestry. This same artistic skill has also translated to the delicate and detailed work necessary to assemble smaller components that has made the Farmington area a perfect match for a Raytheon Missile Systems facility.
Rio Rancho, which is the largest community in Sandoval County, is also home to branch campuses of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University as well as Central New Mexico Community College. Rio Rancho also boasts a large Intel facility that has continued to be one of the major employers of the county.
Region 2: North Central New Mexico
Key Communities: Santa Fe, Taos, Espanola, Los Alamos, Moriarty, Edgewood, Los Lunas, Belen
The north central region of New Mexico is diverse in topography, culture and resources. This region features National Labs, National Parks, Native American Reservations and Pueblos, the Capital of New Mexico and it is adjacent to the state’s largest city – making it convenient for travel.
This region features a diverse workforce ranging from the highly skilled to those who maintain the abundant natural resources in the region, to designing and producing makeup.
Tourism from river rafting, to snow skiing, to golfing, and hiking in the wilderness – which can all be enjoyed, sometimes even on the same day. The area is internationally known for the art community and galleries in the area.
Beyond its natural beauty and convenient location this region is very active producing plastics, makeup, millwork, glass, electronic components, paper production, and many more. The area also features multiple industrial parks with easy access to shipping as well as quality locations located in aviation-friendly locations.
Region 3: Central New Mexico
Key Communities: Albuquerque
The central region of New Mexico is the main feature of the state, featuring the largest city, Albuquerque and the many resources that a major city can provide, but still small enough that companies of all sizes feel appreciated.
With great logistics for any company featuring I-25, I-40, BNSF Rail to the west coast and to ports in the gulf as well access to the north and northeast corridors of the country. Albuquerque International Airport not only provides convenient passenger travel it is the hub of many aviation related businesses.
Sandia National Laboratory located on next to Kirtland Air Force Base provides high technology transfers to private industry and offers many other benefits not found elsewhere. Aviation, customer support help desks, high technology and manufacturing are all key parts of the local economy. Over the last year, Albuquerque has seen a growth of manufacturing and the interest in this city continues to increase.
Temperate year round climate, lack of natural disasters make it an ideal location for companies as down time is virtually nonexistent.
The workforce is diverse and the bilingual capabilities of the region provide additional opportunities for companies in the region. Central New Mexico is the hub of the economy and opportunities in New Mexico.
Region 4: Northeastern New Mexico
Key Communities: Raton, Clayton, Tucumcari, Vaughn, Angel Fire
Northeastern New Mexico encompasses Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, and Union counties—from Santa Rosa and Tucumcari in the southern part of the region to Clayton and Raton in the North. The area is known for its diverse and dramatic landscapes with mountain ranges, ranch lands and high country deserts. While seeking to honor a rich heritage of rural lifestyles and “small town” values, the region offers businesses possibilities in a number of areas including agriculture and cattle ranching, back office support, digital media, distribution, manufacturing, oil and gas extraction, renewable energy, retail, tourism and film production. Seen Lonesome Dove or Easy Rider? That’s Northeastern New Mexico.
Raton is home to the NRA Whittington Center, making it a natural area for firearms manufacturing, testing and training, and is only a 3.5 hour drive from Denver.
The Municipal Industrial Park in Clayton is approximately 1700 acres and ideally located on the Ports-to-Plains highway project. The site also has rapid access to four-lane highways.
Tucumcari is strategically located along the Interstate 40/U.S. 54 corridor between Albuquerque and Amarillo. With excellent educational services, transportation access and low costs of doing business, Tucumcari is poised to serve the relocating or expanding business community.
Region 5: Southwestern New Mexico
Key Communities: Las Cruces, Santa Teresa, Lordsburg, Silver City, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Socorro
Southwestern New Mexico is home to New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Western New Mexico University and five community college campuses. Aerospace facilities in the region include Spaceport America, White Sands Missile Range, NASA White Sands Test Facility, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. There are three ports of entry along the Mexican border and those feed into the newest Union Pacific intermodal center as well as Interstate 10 (Florida to California) and Interstate 25 (north to Wyoming).
The largest community is Las Cruces in Dona Ana County (pop. 214,000). Other important communities are Lordsburg (rail and geothermal), Silver City (arts and mining), Deming (food processing), Truth or Consequences (natural hot springs), Socorro (wildlife refuges and Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research), and Reserve (national forests and the Very Large Array).
Large industries in the region include agriculture (pecans, vegetables, cotton); food processing production (dairies, cheese, chiles and jalapenos); and maquiladora related manufacturing and logistics (generally at the Santa Teresa – San Jeronimo bi-national community.)
Healthcare, mining and transportation/logistics are growing employment sectors. A large percentage of employment in the southwest region is in the public sector – education, law enforcement, public services.
Region 6: Southeastern New Mexico
Key Communities: Alamogordo, Roswell, Clovis, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Ruidoso, Artesia, Portales
Southeastern New Mexico is home to Eastern New Mexico University along with two branch campuses and a branch of New Mexico State University.
Aviation facilities in the region include Roswell International Air Center which specializes in large and heavy aircraft operations along with passenger service and daily flights to Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Additional aviation facilities include the Portales Airport, Clovis Municipal Airport, Lovington Airport, Hobbs Air Center and Carlsbad Airport. Clovis is home to Cannon Air Force base which is a leader in technology operations.
Alamogordo’s target industries include the Department of Defense and aerospace, film production, desalination and water treatment technologies, back office, and agriculture. Otero County itself is home to Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range, and over ninty percent of Ft. Bliss training areas.
Southeastern New Mexico is also strategically located within proximity of the U.S./Mexico trade zone with access to great infrastructure and a growing manufacturing base.
Ruidoso boasts of breathtaking mountain views adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest where visitors may ski, hike, and relax year round. Carlsbad is home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, an underground natural phenomenon.
Additional community information includes Clovis (dairy and military technology), Portales (food manufacturing and higher education), Hobbs (energy and extraction) Ft. Sumner (agriculture), Lovington (logistics and services), Artesia (refining and energy). Large industries in the region include agriculture (peanuts, alfalfa); food processing production (dairies, cheese, beef). Healthcare, transportation and logistics are growing employment sectors.
For more information, contact the New Mexico Partnership. 1-888-715-5293 nmpartnership.com.
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