Economic Growth is the most important issue for SC – It’s what funds our quality of life .
We need to support Sandoval Economic Alliances’s study and our Community Economic Development Action Strategy "Futures Sandoval" to optimize our People, Resources and Financing for more Economic Based Jobs to bring more revenues into SC. We are working with the Sandoval County Economic Development Fund and Sandoval Economic Alliance to help small businesses grow and recover from the Coronavirus shut down.
Examples of economic development opportunities:
– Rust Hospital area - "The Village" 60 Acres
– Unit 10 development - Business Park 60 + acres and Los Diamantes Neighborhood including Westside Blvd. and Joe Harris Elementary School
- Rio Rancho City Center - Health Science Education and Services expansion to include Senior Center and Campus Park
- Enchanted Hills and businesses in the Town of Bernalillo area and Rio Rancho City Center
- Sandoval County Economic Development Fund has supported 4 business expansions in the past year which will account for over 240 good paying jobs.
-Sandoval County’s extension of Intel’s Industrial Revenue Bond resulted in hiring over 300 new employees plus the contracting of union construction workers.
Retail jobs are also important - range of job levels including entry level jobs which our youth can learn from as well as management level career opportunities.
Health Care industry has a great potential to support economic growth
– the Sandoval County Health Collaborative provides a focus on enhancing the industry, improving the support to a growing senior population and provide good paying jobs for our younger generation.
-As the Chair for the Commission I led the negotiations with UNMSRMC to expand trauma, behavioral health and substance abuse services resulting in a significant increase in medical jobs.
About 20% of our county's population lives outside of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Corrales and Placitas (Aprox 28 K) This part of the county’s potential is Farming, Forest Management, Natural Resource Development and Tourism. We have launched a Biomass Project with assistance from the US Forest Service. This has the potential of creating hundreds of new rural jobs.
We need to help support the rest of the county and make effective use of our natural resources while making the protection of our water and quality of life a priority. Just like we in Rio Rancho promote Buy Rio Rancho we need to be encouraging Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo and Placitas residents to spend their business and recreational dollars in Cuba, Jemez Springs, Fenton Lake, Valle Caldera, and Bandelier National Monument and other communities.
We need to continue to support PdV which will give Rio Rancho & the SE corner of the County access to a major interstate and will help support more economic growth. PdV is critical to supporting more west side jobs so that county residents "Work, Live and Stay" in the county. Over 30,000 residents leave the county everyday to work across the river. Sandoval County is the fastest growing county in the state. We can't expect more river bridges, we must provide more west side jobs..a mission of "Futures Sandoval".
We need to assure our Public Safety – Sheriff’s Office, County Fire and Detention Center – is properly funded so that we have competitive pay for our first responders and support staff and that we have the equipment for them to do their jobs.
A big part of our county’s mission is Serving our seniors through our Senior health programs and Seniors nutrition programs. Sandoval County with it's two outstanding hospitals has become a sought out location for seniors to retire. We are assertively pursuing Bioscience businesses in proximity to our hospitals.
As a Member of the Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board which helps at-risk-youth become productive & contributing citizens I am very aware of the importance of Supporting our youth and encouraging their positive development and providing opportunities.