Archive for March, 2013

Fly to Phoenix from SF airport
By Kiera Hay / Journal North Reporter on Sat, Mar 16, 2013

Add Phoenix to the ever-growing list of places connected to Santa Fe by commercial air travel.

Despite worries over potential funding cuts to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport’s air traffic control tower, Great Lakes Airlines announced Friday that it plans to begin daily flights between Santa Fe and Phoenix, starting May 1.

“Essentially what we’re doing is opening another hub” to direct access from Santa Fe, said Airport Director Jim Montman. “We’re just excited to have Phoenix out of Santa Fe. That’s the big news here.”

One-way tickets start at around $90.

Flights from Santa Fe to Phoenix will leave at 9:53 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:08 a.m. on Sunday, while the Phoenix to Santa Fe flights will leave 9:15 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:08 a.m. on Sunday.

Great Lakes already operates flights between Santa Fe and Denver, having resumed service in late 2012 after an absence of several years. That route connects Clovis and Denver, via Santa Fe, under an essential air agreement subsidized by the federal government. Under the new service, Great Lakes will operate a daily Denver-Santa Fe-Phoenix trip and back around.

Clovis, the city that benefits from the essential air agreement, will be connected with another city, according to Montman.

Messages left with Great Lakes’ public relations director Friday were not returned. The news comes as the Federal Aviation Administration struggles to trim $637 million from its budget because of “sequestering,” the automatic federal budget cuts that took effect this month.

The FAA recently notified officials that the contractor that operates the Santa Fe Municipal Airport’s control tower will lose funding unless local officials can show a pressing national interest. Around 189 contractor-operated air traffic control towers around the country are in a similar position. FAA officials are expected to make a final decision March 22.

Santa Fe and New Mexico officials have sent federal officials letters seeking to save the Santa Fe airport’s control tower. Santa Fe Mayor David Coss has said the city will look at trying to fund the tower costs itself if funding is cut.

For now, it’s unclear what impact the tower closing would have on commercial flights to Santa Fe. In addition to the Great Lakes operation, American Eagle operates flights between Santa Fe and Dallas and Los Angeles. United Airlines is slated to start regional jet service between Santa Fe and Denver on May 1.

Montman said that, while “it’s critical to flight safety that we have and operate a control tower,” airlines “operate all the time into airports without control towers.” Montman said Great Lakes and American Eagle have both used the Santa Fe airport at times the control tower was closed.

“We have no indication from any airlines that they would reduce or terminate their service because of the airlines sequester,” Montman said.

Celebrate Santa Fe Tourism 2013

  •  The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau and numerous local tourism related businesses are uniting to Celebrate Santa Fe Tourism, in conjunction with National Tourism Week, May 4–12, 2013,
  •  The celebration is meant to create excitement about, and shine a spotlight on, Santa Fe’s vital Travel and Tourism sector, which employs more than 7,000 people, represents $620 million in economic output, and is one of the largest industries.
  •  The main event of the celebration is the Celebrate Santa Fe Tourism Expo to be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 10 am to 7pm. Local businesses will be showcasing their attractions, activities, and services to fellow stakeholders in the industry as well as the community at large.
  •  An important component of Celebrate Santa Fe Tourism will be advocacy and outreach to the city council, local officials, and to the media via op-eds, and letters to the editor to encourage the entire community to rise up in support of tourism.
  •  It is important that Santa Fe travel and tourism related businesses participate and engage in the celebration, as well as strongly encourage their employees to attend the Expo.
  • Santa Fe Businesses will be donating numerous prizes to be raffled off to attendees, and restaurants will be showcasing their offerings.
  •  A short, informative “Celebrate Santa” presentation will be available to all attendees in order to review the pillars of customer service that are so critical to successfully fulfilling the needs of our Santa Fe visitors.
  • Celebrate Santa Fe Tourism Expo will wrap up with a social mixer from 5pm to 7pm.



Date: 4/4/2013
Time: 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

DeVargas Center
564 N. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 988-3279

The Business Expo and Job Fair is Back!

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Job Fair are almost here! On April 4th, 2013, join us for a showcase of the BEST businesses in the region at the DeVargas Center.

The Business Expo and Job Fair is the largest in Santa Fe and one of the largest in the state! With over 90 businesses, and over 1,000 guests last year, the event is an invaluable resource for you and your business! The Business Expo is the perfect place to build connections with business owners and customers, as well as build brand recognition in Santa Fe. If you’re hiring, seeking advice, growing your business, job-seeking or growing your network, you need to be at the Expo!


A few of the vendors already committed:

Ameri Pride

“Ask the Expert”


Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

Buffalo Wild Wings


Canyon Gate Real Estate

Century Bank

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Cyber Mesa Telecom

Echo Impact


Expanola Chamber

First National Bank of Santa Fe

Focus on Recovery

Green Fire Times

Hutton Broadcasting /

Leadership Santa Fe

New Mexico Educator’s Federal Credit Union

Presbyterian Medical

Pueblo of Tesuque Flea Market

Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Selection

Santa Fe Staffing & Marcia Owen Associates

Scher Center for Well Being


State Employees Credit Union

Vogue College of Cosmetology



  • Entertainment!
  • Prize Drawings!
  • Live Remotes!
  • Fashion Show!
  • Refreshments!
  • Advice!
  • Resources!
  • Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
  • Connections!
  • Networking!
  • Shop Local!


In a very well-considered opinion the City Council voted on Feb 27 to completely repeal the so-called Workforce Community Agreement which would drive jobs to Albuquerque and drive up project costs to taxpayers.

The Chamber has been lobbying for repeal for a few months and a number of members spoke passionately at the meeting in support of repeal.

The public hearing about the issue was filled with rhetoric and included mentions of Carl Rove, Mitt Romney, gun control, the death of the middle class, robber barons, General Motors, alleged wage theft and individual rights. Remarkably, no mention of chickens or cell phone towers.

To their credit the councilors saw through the hyperbole and focused on the heart of the issue – how can we work together to create jobs for Santa Feans. A number of councilors also expressed displeasure with the heavy handed and “threatening” tactics employed by the Santa Fe Democratic Party who defined the debate as pro or anti-union rather than pro jobs. The truth is that only 7% of the New Mexico workforce is unionized and union power continues to shrink. Undoubtedly, in the past, unions have played a critically important role in creating safe and fair workplaces. However, in the new economy with new technology, contract based work, the decline of manufacturing and construction, more live/work environments and a global economy, the role of labor has failed to keep up with the times.

A councilor remarked after the vote “we’ve stuck it to business long enough.”

Politically we have a City election coming up in March of 2014. Historically, we have seen public sector unions deliver contributions and votes for those who support their positions. It will be interesting to see how this dynamic is changing.

The Chamber strongly supports apprentice programs that help prepare our workforce for available jobs. Our Education Committee works hard to support a number of programs that create pathways to career success and we invite members to get involved.

Thank you to the Public Policy and Economic Development Committees for their efforts on this issue.

Simon Brackley

President and CEO