Economic growth continues in the cities of Sandoval County, as the mayors of Rio Rancho and Bernalillo noted during a presentation last week.
Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull and Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres each gave a presentation during Friday’s State of the Cities luncheon in Sandoval County. The event was held at the Santa Ana Star Center, and 150 people attended.
Torres said Bernalillo has seen economic growth in the past few years, acquiring 40 new business licenses in the past 18 months. A new dentistry office, new retail stores and fast-food restaurants were on the list of new businesses.
“The bottom line is, that’s economic development,” he said.
No arrests were made during the weekend festival, he said, alleviating any worries the town might have had about attracting a younger crowd at the new event.
Hull said a similar growth in fast food and retail was occurring in Rio Rancho, adding that the construction of the city’s first Chick-Fil-A was a good sign.
“(Fast-food restaurants) have some of the most stringent requirements to joining a community,” he said. “When you see some of these popping up, it means the community can support this kind economic development, this kind of business, and can attract the next phase of investors that comes in.”
Housing has grown in Rio Rancho and Bernalillo, with Torres citing his town’s first-ever assisted-living center opening in October and Hull pointing toward the recent resurgence of development in the Mariposa subdivision.
Also at the luncheon, the Public Service Company of New Mexico recognized companies that won a PNM Efficiency Award.
Club Rio Rancho was honored for electrical efficiency for a small business, AutoZone was recognized as the electrically efficient large business, the New Mexico Department of Military Affairs was the non-profit spotlighted and Bernalillo Methodist Church was honored for most kilowatts saved.