Category Archives: BIA Legislation

NM Lt. Governor John Sanchez visits Santa Teresa to Announce CRRUA Projects


On January 15th, New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez visited Santa Teresa to announce his and the Governor’s push to spend 60% of this year’s capital outlay on water projects. The Lt. Governor made his announcement at CRRUA’s arsenic treatment plant in Santa Teresa. If approved the legislation would provide capital outlay to CRRUA for several of its projects.

Video of the Lt. Governor’s remarks is below.

2013 Legislative Recap


Dear Border Industrial Association Members:

The 2013 New Mexico Legislative Session adjourned this past Saturday. The session was a very good one for our BIA membership, as we successfully achieved $3.8 million extra funds for improvements to the water/wastewater treatment system in Sunland Park/Santa Teresa.

Senator Papen elected Senate President Pro Tem

Senator Mary Kay Papen

Senator Mary Kay Papen


Senator Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces was elected Senate Pro Tem of the NM Legislature by unanimous vote on Tuesday.  The Pro Tem is one of the top two positions in the Senate and selects committee chairs.  This is great news for the BIA, as Senator Papen has been a strong supporter of the border.

BIA Hosts Former Senator Pete Domenici to the Border

L to R: Julia Gilroy of Domenici Insights, Senator Pete Domenici, Gilbert Mesa of Verde Realty, and Alex Sierra of Acme Mills at the luncheon.

On September 21st, the BIA helped coordinate a visit by former Senator Pete Domenici to New Mexico’s border region with Mexico.

BIA Hosts Governor Susana Martinez in Santa Teresa

Left to right on stage: Lorenzo Fernandez-Ferza, Daniel Liang-Bizlink, Jeff Baskett-Santa Teresa Southern Railroad, Inc., James Robinson-JH Rose Logistics, Representative Mary Helen Garcia, Senator Mary Kay Papen, Davin Lopez-MVEDA, Governor Susana Martinez, Secretary of Economic Development Jon Barela, Chihuahua Secretary of the Economy Alberto Chretin, Jerry Pacheco (Master of Ceremonies)

On September 19th, the BIA helped host Governor Susana Martinez’s visit to the Santa Teresa Intermodal Park. Governor Martinez traveled to this region to announce the location of three new companies to Santa Teresa and the expansion of one existing Santa Teresa company. These companies are expected to create about 120 new direct jobs in New Mexico’s border region.