In the summer of 2009, students in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s MBA program completed an assessment of Northern New Mexico’s Technology Cluster under the leadership of Steve Stringer, Industrial Fellow at LANL. The resulting Technology Cluster Strategy has led to a strong private sector partnership with the New Mexico Technology Council, which is working in partnership with REDI to grow the cluster and establish a Technology Leadership Council for the region.
NMTC is now forming a ‘Northern New Mexico Leadership Council’ to connect technology-oriented serve as a forum to improve coordination of program, policy and other efforts among several Northern New Mexico organizations whose mission currently includes technology-oriented business development. In the coming year, NMTC will develop a communications strategy to highlight regional technology success stories to raise public awareness about the importance of technology in the economy and to build value for Northern New Mexico’s technology brand and create programs that build and identify Northern New Mexico participants, build connections between them, and develop opportunities for projects and other work that can lead to business formation.
Northern New Mexico has been under continuous cultivation for agriculture purposes for over 1000 years. Today that long agricultural tradition can be seen in many communities and has created the backbone for a small but vibrant value added agriculture economic cluster.
Today in northern New Mexico you will find growing agricultural businesses in:
- Agriculture tourism
- Value added products
- Vineyards and award winning wineries
- Multiple distilleries using locally grown products as a base for several sophisticated distilled products, such as bourbon or apple brandy
- Micro Brewers
- Lavender farms producing high end cosmetic and toiletry products
- Chili based products
and much more.
The REDI partner communities stand ready to assist existing and new agriculture producers get started and bring their products to market.
Local governments, producers and economic development organizations work together for agriculture producers to develop and expand aggregation and production strategies
Northern New Mexico boasts a low cost of doing business, combined with good highways and proximity to population centers like Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix—and that has attracted processors of both Hispanic and mainstream foods.
Agricultural Business Tax Deductions and Exemptions
Gross receipts tax deductions are available for:
- Feed for livestock,
- baling wire or twine
- production costs for fish raised for human consumption
- poultry or animals raised for hides or pelts
- seeds, roots, bulbs, plants
- soil conditioners, fertilizers, insecticides, germicides, insects, fungicides, weedicides and water for irrigation
- warehousing, threshing, cleaning, harvesting, growing, cultivating or processing agricultural products including ginning cotton, and testing and transporting milk
Gross receipts tax exemptions are permitted for feeding, pasturing, penning, handling or training livestock and, for agribusinesses, selling livestock, live poultry and unprocessed agricultural products, hides and pelts.
Black Mesa Winery is located in scenic northern New Mexico on the main highway between Santa Fe and Taos (El Camino Real). The historic setting serves as a backdrop for revitalization of the major New Mexican Wineries and vineyards which were prominent here for almost 400 years. Black Mesa’s fancifully named wines, including Coyote, Antelope, Conejito White and Black Beauty, are blends recognized both locally and internationally. Varietal wines produced include Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel.
Don Quixote Distillery is located in White Rock with a tasting room on site and another one in northern Santa Fe County. Located at high altitude in the Jemez Mountain range gives this distillery an advantage over the larger (and lower altitude) distilleries found elsewhere. At sea level water boils at 212 deg F and alcohol boils at 193 F. Don Quixote Distillery is located in New Mexico’ s magical Jemez Mountains at 7000’ where alcohol boils at 180 F.
At this altitude spirits cook off at a lower temperature eliminating the “burnt” smell and taste found in most spirits. They also distill in an ambient pressure environment which allows lighter vapors to slowly rise in the still. The combination of altitude and pressure results in soft smooth spirits possessing a subtle hint of sweetness.
Santa Fe Spirits in the City of Santa Fe offers a delightful apple brandy made with locally grown apples. They also have a great whisky and a gin that is made with New Mexico ingredients and has no match.
Casados Farms “for every type of vegetable, especially corn and chile,” says Juanita.
The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is a unique resource for fiber artists and those who find beauty in the fiber arts. Visitors to the adobe storefront in the historic district of Española, New Mexico enter a world of looms, colorful yarns, beautiful handmade textiles, books, and supplies. They may also find busy students learning to weave, spinners gathering for “Spinning Saturday”, Pueblo women purchasing materials for embroidery, a tapestry artist weaving her latest creation, a Hispanic weaver from the High Road searching for just the right color of yarn, or children working on their backstrap looms. The Center is a special place where people of all ages and backgrounds are brought together by their interest in the fiber arts
Farm to Table is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting locally based agriculture through education, community outreach and networking. Farm to Table enhances marketing opportunities for farmers; encourages family farming, farmers’ markets and the preservation of agricultural traditions; influences public policy; and, furthers understanding of the links between farming, food, health and local economies.
La Montanita Cooperative is a community-owned, consumer cooperative that offers fresh organic food products, natural body care, and vitamins. The Co-op continues its decade’s long commitment to local farmers and producers with its regional Co-op Trade/Food-Shed Project. This initiative is creating wholesale markets while providing product pick-up and distribution, supply delivery service and refrigerated storage for local farmers and producers.
New Mexico Acequia Association’s primary focus is preserving the historic communal irrigation systems that support the culture and livelihood of thousands of local farmers and ranchers in New Mexico.
New Mexico’s Own offers the finest in New Mexico made products, including gourmet foods from Northern New Mexico.
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Today, we’ve grown – we still have our headquarters in Santa Fe, in addition to manufacturing and distribution facilities in Oxford, N.C., as well as our western distribution center in Reno, Nevada. In January 2002, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company became an independent operating unit of Reynolds American Inc. We continue to operate out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We have the same dedication, the same employees and the same high quality tobacco products.
Taos County Economic Development Corporation operates a 24,000 sq. ft business park and community center, which includes a 5,000 sq. ft commercial food processing facility (the Taos Food Center).