08.21.13

New Study Finds Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Would Boost Local Economy

The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce just released a new economic study by BBC Research & Consulting that evaluated the potential economic impacts of designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on BLM lands in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

The study concludes that the designation will have a “significant positive effect” on the local economy, generating $7.4 million in new economic activity annually and create 88 new jobs. This represents a doubling of the number of jobs that these public lands support in outdoor recreation and tourism. The study also estimates an additional $562,000 per year generated in combined state and local government tax revenue from designation of the national monument.

“This study shows, unequivocally, that protecting our public lands supports local economic growth,” said Carrie Hamblen, Executive Director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. “The amount of revenue that will be generated as a result of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks gaining national monument protection will help businesses in Las Cruces and the surrounding areas grow in ways that wouldn’t be possible without monument designation.”

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To read the full economic report and see what local elected officials, homebuilders, and other business leaders have to say about the potential for the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument, visit www.OMDPjobs.com

 

Posted by Ryan Bidwell in Blog & Videos