Archive for August, 2011

As part of the Buy Into It! effort to support the local economy, Santa Fe, New
Mexico, the state’s art commission and economic development divisions have
launched a pilot programme to help owners showcase their vacant property by
installing art displays to direct foot traffic to the potential space for lease.
Building on similar programmes already developed in Seattle and San
Francisco, the pilot programme is a creative way to address vacancies, add to the
tourism experience, while at the same time, provide opportunities for local artists.

“This is truly a great programme for everyone involved,” said Simon Brackley
from the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. “While it enhances properties in the
downtown area, it will redirect foot traffic for merchants, and potentially bring
retail clients to property owners.”

Beginning in Seattle in 2010, the programme is now part of a national wave of
community driven collaborations between business and artists to activate empty
spaces and renew economic activity in neighbourhoods.

Seattle is now running its second edition which will continue until January
2012. “This innovative programme is a great collaboration between our business
and art communities,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Storefronts Seattle shines a
spotlight on Seattle’s creative sector, brings new life to empty storefronts and
enlivens our neighbourhood business districts.”

In the Santa Fe pilot, property owners will be asked to donate their space for
the 90 day temporary installation – from June until September and in return, have their property showcased, linked and marketed through the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s website, facebook and media contacts. Artists will be paid a US$500 stipend for the cost of the installation and will also be showcased in the same manner.

We are busy here at the Chamber. A brief roundup of some of our activities:

Rail Runner – Working with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, we lobbied successfully to maintain weekend service for the Rail Runner train.

Precious Metals – We have lobbied on behalf of business to reduce the effect of additional regulation on the local precious metals industry.

Leadership Santa Fe – Now is the time to enroll for the Leadership Santa Fe Class of 2012. More information HERE.

WACE Update – I have been awarded a scholarship to attend the Western Association of Chamber Executives Economic Development conference in Sacramento in August. The conference is designed to educate chambers about their role in ED in the new economy.

Shop Cerrillos Road! – We are working hard to support the merchants on Cerrillos Road who are affected by the construction project. Read the Santa Fe New Mexican for updates and specials. Please take an extra five minutes to shop on Cerrillos Rd.

CRMA -The Chamber is supporting the Canyon Road Merchants Association with their marketing efforts. Look for the new billboard on I-25 .

Youthworks – Supporting the new Youthworks Green Jobs Initiative that brings together local employers with motivated job-seekers.

Broadband – The Chamber strongly supports Santa Fe’s participation in a regional effort to bring improved broadband service to the community.

Education – The Chamber participated in the Mobilizing for Educational Excellence program held at the Santa Fe Community College and facilitated by New Mexico First.

Trade Missions – We are pleased to be taking 65 travelers to Spain and 12 to China in the fall on our latest trade missions to foreign lands. And we have some exciting plans for destinations in 2012!

Banking on Birdies – Thanks to First National Bank of Santa Fe, Century Bank, New Mexico Bank & Trust and Los Alamos National Bank we will be hosting our Annual Golf Tournament at Marty Sanchez Links on Monday, August 15. Call 988-3279 to participate.

Airport Road Merchants Survey – The City of Santa Fe is conducting a survey of Airport Road area businesses in order to find ways to help them succeed. During the month of August City representatives will be visiting businesses to invite them to participate. To learn more CLICK HERE or call 955-6912.

St. Michael’s Drive – The City of Santa Fe’s Long Range Planning Division is hosting a series of three open houses to introduce proposed design standards and guidelines for future development along St. Michael’s Drive.  The open houses will take place at Cinema Café in St. Michael’s Village West Shopping Center, on Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  City staff will be on hand to discuss the proposals and gather public input.

Visitor Enquiries – As always Chamber staff is doing an outstanding job answering visitor’s questions and referring enquiries to Chamber members. And the fabulous Bienvenidos volunteers are helping thousands of visitors from the booth in First National Bank on the Plaza.

Committee Agendas – The Chairs of our Chamber Committees are meeting to set agendas for meetings set to start in September. If you are interested in Public Policy, Education, Tourism, Economic Development or the Ambassadors outreach – please Email or call Marilyn at 988-3279 to be kept informed.

LANL – I attended the recent LANL Regional Leaders meeting, and we welcomed a group from Albuquerque who were en route to the Suppliers Alliance Conference. LANL’s mission is critical to our local economy .

Member Videos – CLICK HERE to view video testimonials from members about how the Chamber has helped them start and grow their businesses.

Local Hero – The Chamber is very pleased to recognize Medal of Honor Winner – Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry – a graduate of the Chamber’s Bootstrap program and truly an outstanding young man who is an example for us all.

Discounts – we have negotiated additional discounts for members on Office Depot products. Call us at 988-3279 for information about discounts on payroll services, credit card processing and advertising for members.

Business Watch – The Santa Fe Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will host the first of a series of Business Watch meetings at 7:00 p.m. on August 17 at the Santa Fe Public Schools Educational Service Center at 610 Alta Vista. All businesses in the city, Santa Fe County and surrounding communities are invited.

Fiesta Prime Time – On Wednesday, September 7 at 5:30 pm at the Lodge we will be hosting an event that introduces our newest members and celebrates Fiesta de Santa Fe. No charge for admission – $25 for a table top. Call 988-3279 to sign up.

Workshop Series – We are creating a series of workshops starting in September to help your business succeed. Watch his space for details and dates. And space is limited so book early!

Every job we help you create and every business we assist helps to create prosperity in Santa Fe

As always – if your business is not a member of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, we invite you to join our organization, participate and help grow our local economy. Call me at 988-3279 for information.

Thank you

Simon Brackley, President and CEO