Bill Mattiace, former Mayor of Las Cruces and current Director of the New Mexico Border Authority Board, spoke with the College of Business Ambassadors on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Mattiace gave an optimistic outlook for the Southwest border region, specifically the Santa Teresa and Sunland Park areas. Within the next fifteen years, Mattiace envisions Santa Teresa will be the largest inland port of entry in the U.S – especially with the newly constructed $450-million Union Pacific Intermodal facility leading the way for other industries.
Infrastructure is key for future growth; Mattiace explained how critical coordination with Mexico, and the States of New Mexico and Texas is for planning new infrastructure. Currently, the Santa Teresa and the Border Area, as a whole, suffers from inadequate transportation network connections.
The NM Border Authority seeks to remedy that by proposing a new and expanded road system among other important features.
Mattiace encouraged the Ambassadors to pursue a career in politics. “Participate in government and clean up the system, make it better.”
He said that government needed ethical leaders especially in the smaller, more rural communities that are common in New Mexico.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Mattiace moved to Las Cruces in 1968 and has lived here ever since.
He attended State University of New York, and NMSU. He served as a city councilor from 1999 to 2003 then went on to serve as mayor of Las Cruces from 2003-2007.
Mattiace and his wife Wanda own Adventure Travel and Cruise Center in Mesilla, NM.