Projections of Growth or No growth At All
Rural America is growing again. If you were not in attendance at the Aztec Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon last month, you missed great economic development updates by Joshua Ray, City Manager, Aztec, New Mexico.
The following construction projects are moving forward: Phase 1 of the Arterial Route, Sewer Outfall Line, North Main Construction, Animas River Diversion Project and the Fueling Station for the Aztec Airport. New ventures include the Aztec Small Business Incubator, the Aztec Municipal Golf Course, the City Wi-Fi Completion, Downtown Revitalization, and the Main Street Open Market. Successes include Aztec Schools and their first solar project (a $40K savings to the school), O'Reilly's Development Agreement, upgrades to Florence Park and much more.
As a business owner, and even as a consumer, how many times have we heard, "to make a dollar you have to invest a dollar!" Regardless of the size of town or city, economic growth is dependent on a community prepared for aggressive pursuit of retail and service businesses as well as manufacturing activities. So was the case Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the City Commission Meeting where many appeared in support of the Aztec Municipal Golf Course. This project is a success, but as with any project, investments had to be made to attract golfers to the course. This former "diamond in the rough" has now attracted 135 new members with its new look, green grounds, a restaurant, a pro shop, and now corporate participation, with much more to come.
The role of a city or town's Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice for businesses, a collaboration of businesses working together to advance the civic, economic, cultural and social betterment and interests of the people in a town or city. It also works at maintaining awareness of key issues at local, state, and federal levels as well as provides businesses with education through seminars and increase awareness of the importance of buying locally, and brings about awareness by hosting business luncheons, workshops and events. The Chamber also offers support and awareness of all areas of art and history, and the many attractions a small, big town has to offer.
Elections will take place soon. Consider the candidates heavily - new and old! Are they invested in moving Aztec forward, or more concerned with halting its growth? The Chamber believes economic development is vital to our community to compete and to expand!
Business Chamber Luncheon
Ron Price is a mediator, speaker, workplace trainer, life coach, and marriage counselor in Farmington, NM plus a contributing writer to The Daily Times on a weekly segment on the subject of marriage.
Mr. Price has recently written a book on conflict management offering tools that can be used professionally at your business site and in your professional life.
Join us this month as we feature Ron Price as this month’s business speaker on the topic of Conflict Management (see below). Please call the Chamber and reserve your seat early! Lunch provided by The Bistro.
CITY ELECTIONS FORUM
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce will host two candidate forums February 18 and February 24 at the Aztec Community Center at 6 pm. Positions and candidates to be voted upon, March 1, will be for City Commissioner District #1, a four-year term, with new candidates, Austin Raymond Randall and Caleb R. Robison running against the incumbent, Roberta Locke. Additionally, candidates for the office of City Commissioner District #3 currently held by Sherri A. Sipe, also Mayor Pro-tem, are Michael L. Forrest and Beth McClure.
So where is Aztec going? What is your vision for growth? Are your plans to expand and compete? Will you “thumbs down” new opportunities for tax generating businesses that bring quality of life to the City of Aztec or new tax dollars? Does your vision only mean to complete existing projects with no other plans for the future?
The candidates who are successfully elected will have a large impact on the future direction of our City and Community! Educate yourself and vote!
Aztec Chamber of Commerce Annual AWARDS Banquet
It’s that time again for the Chamber and the City of Aztec Community to say “thank you” as we present three awards, Saturday, April 30, 2016 to the Business of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Citizen of the Year at the Aztec Chamber of Commerce’s “2016 Wild West Annual Awards Banquet.” This great, fun-filled event will be held under the big tent at Microtel Inn & Suites with social hour beginning at 6:00 pm.
Monies raised at the Wild West Awards Banquet help to offer continuing education and assistance to businesses in the areas of Customer Service, Relationship Building, Time Management, Marketing, Social Media, and various other workshops to support businesses as well as networking. Dollars from the silent and live auction activities, help stage special events such as Aztec Sparkles, Fiesta Days, Santa Dash, Annual Awards Banquet, etc., that bring the public to Aztec, NM for retail shopping, entertainment, access numerous services available provide visibility to our Chamber Partners and businesses in Aztec, vital to the business community. Look for our posters and your invitation in the mail for more information on the upcoming event.
Are you interested in serving on one of the fun committees (decorations, menu planning, sponsorships, marketing, or silent and live auctions), to help stage this event? Is decorating your expertise and the Wild West theme is calling out to you for your creative energies? Are you more interested in meals and menus? If so, the Chamber invites you to join us to help stage, decorate, and plan this event. Call the Aztec Chamber of Commerce to join in (you do not have to be a Chamber Member to participate) at (505) 334-7646 and to share your talents and organizational skills with us!
Note: Chamber dues offer our members the advantage to expand their social or commercial network. Taskforces exist with the Chamber to become involved in the areas of membership, marketing, IT, networking, Aztec Trails and Open Spaces, and Special Events. For more information on membership, to join the Board of Directors, or to serve on a taskforce, call the number below.
Written by Vangie Garza Neil
Writer/Neil Agency Auctioneers
Vice President, Aztec Chamber of Commerce
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is not part of the City of Aztec. The Chamber does not receive funding from the City of Aztec with the exception of their annual membership. The work we do and its support is based solely on your chamber membership dues and the Chamber’s fundraising events. We felt it was important for you to know that as our role is to be your voice in so many levels.
Aztec Chamber of Commerce
110 N. Ash
Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-7648 (fax)
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