Archive for July, 2014

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce supports the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association and the Santa Fe Association of Realtors in their opposition to raising impact fees on new residential construction. The Chamber recognizes that hundreds of local contractors were severely impacted by the recent recession and we have seen little sign of significant recovery in the construction sector. We believe that the City should be incentivizing job creation for local contractors, not adding additional burden and expense to the cost of new housing. The Chamber urges the City Council to amend the proposed ordinance to remove any language eliminating the 50% reduction on residential development impact fees.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, 1644 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided

RSVP at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce website or call 988-3279

We need YOU to help us achieve our goal of reaching every 8th grade student in Santa Fe and give them the opportunity to reach her or his highest potential!

The High School graduation rate in Santa Fe is approximately 60 percent. This is a startling fact: but by helping kids to make better choices earlier on, together we can rewrite this statistic.

In order to meet this challenge, we need 20+ volunteers, so please join us for this special event and invite your colleagues.

CHOICES is an easy-to-learn, organized interactive program that you present to 8th graders using your knowledge and real-world experience. Your time commitment would consist of only 2-4 hours throughout the entire school year (September 2014 – June 2015). Presentations are given during the school day in two 1-hour shifts, over the course of two days.

No one can argue with the impact of the CHOICES Program, with powerful responses like the following from the previous year’s students: “I learned about the importance of choices I would make in high school and college and important times in my life.”

What does self-discipline mean to you? “That it’s your choice to be what you want to be.”

And from a CHOICES Presenter:  “Why do I do CHOICES? Easy answer. It is because I care. For various supporting reasons, I truly care about making a difference in the lives of my community’s youth. Even if only 1 student makes the connection, I know that a future has been brightened and our community will be better for it. It is really just about giving and paying towards a better future.”

For more information about the CHOICES program, please visit their website:

For additional information about this exciting event, please contact:

David Sidebottom                                            Kathy L. Jahner
Century Bank Phone 505-995-1251                 Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Phone 505-919-9698