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New Mexico: Discover the City of Las Cruces

Mar 09, 2020
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Surrounded by 496,000 acres of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces is the second-largest city in New Mexico and among the fastest growing urban centers in the United States.

The iconic recycled roadrunner sculpture overlooks the thriving city of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“We are the economic engine of southern New Mexico. We are investing heavily in commercial and residential real estate and creating a safe community for our people to live and work in,” said Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, the first American of Japanese descent elected mayor in New Mexico.

Las Cruces is among the nation’s leading locations for aerospace research, testing and development. It is home to NASA's White Sands Test Facility, New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory and Spaceport America, the first purpose built commercial spaceport in the world.

The city forms part of the Borderplex Region, which includes El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico, which is the seventh-largest manufacturing center in North America.

Las Cruces and its surrounding areas contribute immensely to New Mexico’s role as one of the nation’s largest pecan producers. The Mesilla Valley is a major producer of cotton, corn, chili peppers and hay.

With an average of 320 days of sunshine, Las Cruces is also a vibrant city rich in culture and cuisine, and a popular destination for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

“Whether for business or for leisure, Las Cruces is a preferred destination. A lot of people come here to visit and they don’t want to go back. We’ve had a lot of people just fall in love with the place,” Miyagishima said.

New Mexico's free soft landing program helps foreign SMEs enter the U.S.

Mar 09, 2020
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While many large foreign companies have the resources to hire local lawyers, in-house experts and site selection consultants to help them navigate Americas complex legal and regulatory structure, many foreign small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to the necessary support that allows them to easily set up operations in the United States. New Mexico wants to address this discrepancy.

New Mexico Trade Alliance President Randy Trask

Even more overwhelming to foreign SMEs is the geographical size of the country and the distinction between federal and state authorities. While these SMEs recognize that the United States is the world’s largest consumer market and that their presence in the country could be extremely lucrative, many of them give up on the idea of establishing American operations, daunted by the unknown.

New Mexico launched the ABQ Copilot Program to provide foreign SMEs with vital information on how to set up operations in the state. Interested investors choose from an a la carte menu of topics they want addressed, such as U.S. business formation structures, executive transfer immigration options, international taxation, as well as logistics and supply chain issues.

These potential investors then get a customized, multiday agenda that includes free meetings with lawyers, brokers and any other experts who can address each of their specific concerns. They also get a free business matchmaking service to maximize their time in the state. Interested investors only need to shoulder travel and lodging costs.

While many foreign SMEs may not know where in the United States to locate, New Mexico is keen to show why it must be on top of their list.

Southwest USA 2020 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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