LCSN: Going Green: Cruces gains another chamber of commerce

April 24, 2010. Retrieved online: April 26, 2010, from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Southern New Mexico’s largest city has gained another chamber of commerce. The question that now must be asked: “Is this good for the business climate in Las Cruces?”

The largest chamber in town is the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce with a membership in the 1,000 range and a variety of committees, events and a full-time staff. It has been in operation for more than 50 years.

The Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces has several hundred members, has been around since 1994, and has a 14-member board and a full-time director.

Now, into the fray comes the Green Chamber of Commerce. Formed last year, the organization has yet to open an office and does not have a staff or a director yet. But, with no fees yet being charged, the group reports that it has signed up 300 members.

All three chambers offer members, to varying degrees, networking and education opportunities, as well as ways to promote their business.

Las Crucen Bryn Davis, New Mexico operations manager for Sapphire Energy, said his company is a member of the Greater Las Cruces and Green chambers.

Based in San Diego, Sapphire Energy has constructed a test facility in west Las Cruces….

“I think it’s always good to be member of the (Greater) Las Cruces chamber; they really advocate for all the businesses in the region,” Davis said. “Even for a business like us — we’re not a business-to-business entity — it’s very worthwhile.

Jim Peach, who teaches economics at New Mexico State University, said that environmentally conscious business practices are not a fad.

“Businesses are generally finding that being green is good business,” Peach said. “Consumers are more and more willing to spend even a little bit more to help produce an energy efficient environment.”….

Read the Las Cruces Sun-News article.

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