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Community outreach and community involvement is a key part of our mission. It is one of the main reasons why our Americorps VISTA Summer Associates are so important to our work.
Recently, JC Ramirez and Alexis Rodriguez, two of the associates, were out shooting photographs and capturing video footage all along Guadalupe street.
Guadalupe street will shortly go under reconstruction in a road diet in which its four lanes will be reduced to two. The aim of this project is to increase the walkability of Guadalupe street, improve ADA access and make it a safer street for pedestrians and cyclists.
Our Summer Associates were out capturing footage of the street before it goes under reconstruction and published the material on the website, Our Guadalupe, for community members to follow the project and use it an important resource for up to date information.
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Join New Mexico TechWorks for a free workshop @ Santa Fe Office of Economic DevelopmentMarket Street Station Conference Room at
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Tuesday, July 31
Social Media Marketing Basics
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Thursday, August 2
Marketing with Facebook Ads
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Classes are free but Pre-registration is required.
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You may already know about the LANL Research Symposium and upcoming Postdoc Career Fair in late August, but if not, here is some information on how your company can get involved and have a FREE booth at the event.
This year, LANL is working to involve local New Mexico startups, established companies, as well as business resource providers (should postdocs want to create their own startup) in the Postdoc Career Fair. This is intended to encourage the many talented postdocs here to stay in-state and find an opportunity with a local company that is in need of their expertise.
If you're interested on behalf of your company/organization, sign up for a free booth at the Career Fair.
You may access the application online at the link below. If you have any difficulties submitting the form, just save the PDF and send it to Mary Anne With at firstname.lastname@example.org.
http://www.lanl.gov/careers/ca reer-options/postdoctoral-rese arch/postdoc-career-fair.php
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Our Americorps Summer Vista Associates have been busy for the last couple of weeks, getting real life knowledge and hands-on experience in the world of work while learning more about their community.
Here is a little look at what they have been getting up to.
Regional tech access and expanding tech enterprise are key elements to New Mexico TechWorks' mission. Our Associates have been learning about Open Wireless Platforms with local tech start-ups, IQComm and A Sound Look, for bringing internet connectivity to rural areas.
The Associates have also been central to our Summer of Tech initiative, helping out at Santa Fe Community College with computer science camps and teaching children the basics of app-making and coding. Do-It-Yourself workshops have been running over the summer months as part of our "1,000 Websites in a 1,000 Days" initiative to increase economic development and connectivity in northern New Mexico by getting community members online with their own websites. JC, Alexis and Liz have taken a leading role in these workshops and guiding people, step-by-step, through the process of building your own website.
We launched the first ever Rad Hatter spectacular hat-making activity at this year's Pancakes on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The glitter and sparkles got to our Associates' brains and you can see where their creative spirits led them with these crazy hats!
With over 500 community members busy making their own unique Fourth of July hats, our Associates were fantastic helpers taking photographs and assisting children with their creations.
We have partnered with Santa Fe Community College, the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Filmworks to produce the Guadalupe Street Reconstruction Project documentary. This short will record and demonstrate how various agencies and stakeholders interact and manage interests when a road diet is planned and executed.
Our VISTA Summer Associates have been on site filming these interviews.
But we decided they needed some more photography and interviewing experience so we organised for locally based, community-orientated photographer, Joshua Sage, to teach these guys a few things about photography in a private workshop. Since then, our Associates have been out and about in the community shooting portraits and recording interviews for mapping New Mexico' tech ecosystem.
We want our VISTA Summer Associates to make memories here with us in Santa Fe and that is just what they have been doing!
An article you won't want to miss by the Santa Fe New Mexican:
By Amy Linn | Searchlight New Mexico July 4, 2018
"Filmmaker Jesse Wood, a New Mexico native and University of New Mexico graduate, in 2016 landed a dream job as creative director at Los Angeles-based Donut Media. Courtesy photo
Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented and committed to his career path.
It led him straight out of the state.
By his junior year in UNM’s film and digital media department, he was making eye-popping videos about his passion in life: cars. By senior year, he was traveling the country making Hollywood-quality promo videos on the Formula Drift circuit, capturing gonzo drivers and fast cars skidding sideways.
He kept his eye out for the right job in New Mexico, but there wasn’t one. “I freelanced for a while,” Wood, now 26, says by phone from Ventura, north of Los Angeles. “But the film world was in L.A., and so were the automotive companies. L.A. was the epicenter.”
In 2016, the epicenter became home. He landed a dream job as creative director at Los Angeles-based Donut Media, creator of comedy-injected digital content for car lovers, including a new video daily. Its YouTube channel has nearly a million subscribers.
Heading for the hills
Between 2011 and 2016, in the years leading up to Wood’s departure, an unprecedented exodus of New Mexicans left the Land of Enchantment in search of new jobs and homes. Economists estimate that 42,000 more people exited the state than entered it.
The majority were college-educated, including 17,000 people with a bachelor’s degree. It was an alarming brain drain, and one of the highest rates of “out-migration” anywhere in the country, according to labor and census statistics.
“The data clearly indicate that out-migration is occurring at a disproportionate rate in better-educated younger adults and people with bachelor’s degrees,” says Jeff Mitchell, director of UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
No state can afford to lose high-quality, educated workers, the key ingredient for a thriving economy. Impoverished New Mexico especially cannot afford to lose them. But state officials say there is no telling when the outflow will end.
“We’ve already seen five or six years of this story,” says Mitchell, who identifies it as one of the clearest signs that New Mexico has entered perilous and uncharted territory.
“The single biggest problem is that people think they’re going to find a quick solution,” he continues. “But successes won’t play out in the two to four years of an election cycle. In fact, the economy might get worse before it gets better.
“To take action anyway? That’s leadership. But who is the politician who says, ‘I’m going to take a stand and do what’s necessary even if it doesn’t benefit me politically?’ ”
The new postrecession world demands a STEM-skilled workforce for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At minimum, workers need one or two years of education after high school, preferably from a technical or trade school that teaches mechanical, electrical or computer engineering skills (in high demand today). Other jobs require an associate, bachelor’s or advanced degree.
“You can’t be successful without a high-quality workforce — you just can’t,” says Scott Barnette, senior manager of development and operations at Continental Tire, who scours the globe to choose the right site for the company’s new projects. He recently chose Clinton, Miss., for a $1.4 billion tire plant slated to create 2,500 jobs.
In New Mexico, meanwhile, the dial is moving backward. For the first time in state history, the older generation is better educated than the younger generation, the New Mexico Higher Education Department reported in 2013.
When a state starts losing its qualified workforce, economies contract, unemployment rises and more people join the out-migration. It is a vicious circle.
Wood recalls getting a sense of the downward spiral when he was a teenager in Farmington. He and his classmates at Piedra Vista High School were well aware of New Mexico’s low ranking for child well-being: For decades, New Mexico has had one of the nation’s highest rates of childhood poverty, high school dropouts, substance abuse and teen suicide.
In June, the state dropped to 50th — dead last — in the Annie E. Casey Foundation child well-being rankings, where it had clutched a 49th-place rung since 2014. “Younger people feel that futility,” Wood offers as a reason that people leave.
Mitchell offers another. “In prior years, there was more of a sense that you could stay here and make something of yourself.” Today more than ever, New Mexico needs to nurture homegrown entrepreneurs, he says.
“They have a sense of the place,” Mitchell says. “Let them be a big fish in a small pond.”
Where the jobs are — and aren’t
Doug Rasmussen, a site-selection specialist at the St. Louis office of international corporate advising firm Duff & Phelps, has seen a lot of economic boom and bust during his 17-year career.
He’s seen jobs vanish and return. He’s directed clients in moves all around America. He’s also an optimist.
“No place is blue skies and roses always blooming. And no place is all negative,” Rasmussen says.
Site selection is a no-stone-unturned process that begins with a demographic study and expands to modeling, analytics and examining hundreds of data points.
“First you have to see if things are trending in a positive or negative direction,” he explains. “How young is the metro area and the state?”
Rasmussen travels to cities, looks at schools, and examines local and state government. He analyzes taxes, legal codes, environmental regulations, utility costs, bond ratings, infrastructure, mass transit, airport schedules, real estate and labor costs, cell towers and broadband, building sites and economic incentives.
“In the end, the executives are going to be living in these places,” Rasmussen says. “‘Can I see myself living here? My employees living here? Can I see my kids going to these schools?’ That’s what they’ll be asking themselves.”
New Mexico’s education system might well prompt them to answer “no.”
Only 71 percent of high school students graduated on time, the nation’s second worst rate. The rate of bachelor’s degrees for 25- to 34-year-olds — 22 percent — is also the second-lowest, according to the U.S. census. In No. 1 Massachusetts, the rate is 51 percent.
Youth unemployment is another serious problem. As of April, more than 20 percent of teens age 16 to 19 were jobless, labor statistics show.
“Every year we watch the young talent pack up and move away to places with jobs and better-paying jobs,” says Katherine Freeman, president and CEO of United Way of Santa Fe County.
She routinely observes professionals hesitating before moving here. “They look long and hard at education and state policies,” she says. They see troubled middle schools and high schools, but can’t afford private school tuition. “Coming here is a sacrifice.”
Today, according to the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, job hunters increasingly opt for states such as Texas (fastest population growth in the Southwest); or Nevada (home of the newly opened Tesla battery Gigafactory in Sparks, a project for which New Mexico was in the running but lost in 2014). The Gigafactory is expected to create 6,500 jobs.
New Mexico has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country, while its neighbors and the rest of the nation are in a boom. In May, the state had 5.1 percent unemployment, a large improvement over the 6.5 percent unemployment it has struggled with since 2014.
But it was no match for the 3 percent unemployment in Utah or the 4 percent in Texas, where the business climate is so alluring that two cities — Dallas and Austin — are in the running to become Amazon’s second headquarters. Amazon HQ2 is expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and $5 billion in capital investment; the average annual salary will be $100,000, the company says.
How did Amazon narrow down its list of 238 applicant cities to a final 20? “Educational attainment” was a key driver.
The company said in its request for proposal that it “preferred” a location with a highly educated labor pool and enough people with STEM training to fill the thousands of jobs. Other requirements included top-tier universities and community colleges; high enrollment, grades and retention rates in higher education; top-quality K-12 schools; and plentiful K-12 STEM programs, the RFP says.
Supporting our people
Amazon’s HQ2 is such a fantastical project that only the rarest of regions could hope to win it. But New Mexico can be a hard sell for more modest projects as well.
Among the red flags: The state’s population growth from 2010-16 was the weakest in the Southwest, according to government data.
And site-selection consultants worldwide scour every metric about education, from early childhood programs to the availability of adult education. States that support adult education are likely to have more available workers and healthier families, research shows.
A quick Google search will show consultants that the New Mexico Adult Education Division served 12,755 students in 2017, the lowest number in decades. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish served more people than that — 12,780 — in its fishing skills classes around the state.
Consultants can quickly download a 2016 economic report for the Legislature titled, pointedly, “New Mexico Job Horizon: No Country for Young Men (or Women).”
Waiting for jobs that do not yet exist may have a poetic ring to it, but Wood has plans for his life. He spends his days shooting viral videos like “Two Grannies, One Lamborghini” (6.6 million views and counting).
“I love it here,” Wood says, adding, “I love New Mexico, too. But for the better or the worse, the big pond is L.A.”
Searchlight New Mexico is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to investigative journalism."