New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez visits with employees of AerSale in Roswell, N.M. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, during a trip to the southeastern portion of the state. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record Mark Wilson)
Gov. Susana Martinez made several visits throughout Roswell to praise the cityâ€™s economic development and educational resources, Tuesday. Martinez began her Roswell tour at AerSale, a company that sells aftermarket aircraft and aircraft parts.
She toured the rapidly growing business and chatted with employees. When AerSale first opened in 2009 it had three employees. It currently counts with over 100 workers.
â€œShe was glad to see that (AerSale) has brought (economic growth) to Roswell,â€ said Michael Vasquez, warehouse supervisor for Aer- Sale, of Martinezâ€™s visit.
In a press release from the governorâ€™s press office, Martinez announced, â€œlegislation providing for an in-state procurement advantage to New Mexico businesses would be on the agenda during this fallâ€™s upcoming special legislative session.â€
According to the press release, the legislation â€œwould help make New Mexico businesses more competitive when it comes to securing business with the state.â€
â€œItâ€™s critical that we provide New Mexico businesses with the tools to succeed and grow in our state,â€ Martinez stated in the press release.
â€œThis legislation will assist local companies in receiving contracts with the state and create a more competitive playing field for businesses that have chosen to set up shop in New Mexico and hire our workers.â€ Martinez also visited the afterschool program at Washington Avenue Elementary School.
Roswell Mayor and Executive Director of Family Resource and Referral Inc. Del Jurney said the summer program for Roswell children is a condensed version of the regular afterschool program thatâ€™s available throughout the school year.
The afterschool program is one of several programs of fered through Family Resource and Referral, Inc. â€œIâ€™m thrilled,â€ Jurney said of the governorâ€™s visit.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot going on in Roswell. … There are great opportunities. … To have the governor and the secretary of economic development in Roswell today talking about these things is really important.â€ Martinez said southeast New Mexico has been doing well compared to the rest of the state.
She said the unemployment rate in Chaves County is 5.9 percent, compared to 7.6 percent statewide.
â€œObviously, people are investing in their businesses again,â€ Martinez said. She expressed a hope that investors â€œcontinue on that path and not give up.â€