Feb. 22, 2006 by Jeany Llorente-Ontiveros NMSU News Center
Sen. Jeff Bingaman said New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center Inc. is having a positive impact on job creation in southern New Mexico during a visit today (Wednesday).
“All the initiatives going on at the Arrowhead Center are very impressive,” Bingaman said. “I was pleased to secure $1 million for the center so it can reach out to even more entrepreneurs who will create good jobs right here in Doña Ana County.”
Bingaman along with Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) worked to secure the funding in the fiscal year 2006 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, which was approved by Congress in November 2005.
Garrey Carruthers, vice provost for economic development and dean of the College of Business, shared several highlights with Bingaman. They included creating 150 business plans and/or market feasibility studies; working on numerous policy analyses; having more than 175 students involved in directed-learning experiences; partnering with the Technology Transfer Division at Los Alamos National Laboratories; continuing K-12 student education and outreach; spinning off high-tech businesses; and technology development and licensing successes.
Bingaman also toured the Genetic Testing Laboratories Inc., which is housed at the Arrowhead Research Park. GTL is a for-profit genetic testing lab spun out from the university almost a year ago.
“GTL is obviously a success story in itself,” he said. “It’s just starting out with great prospects for the future. I’m very encouraged and I think it bodes well for economic development in this part of the state.”
“I am most appreciative of the support Sen. Jeff Bingaman has given NMSU and the Arrowhead Center,” Carruthers said. “He has been an early and consistent champion for the Center. One of the very positive aspects of doing economic development work in New Mexico is the support of our congressional delegation.”
Arrowhead Center was organized for the purpose of fostering economic growth in a largely rural state by integrating academic, research and business talents in the economic development process.
For more information on Arrowhead, go to http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu.