New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

MVD looking online for better customer service

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Cheese plant receives state funding

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Southwest Cheese Company has been awarded $718,456 in state funding, officials said. The grant will go to help fund 79 new jobs with an average annual salary of $35,800, according to a news release from Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) is a crucial part […]

Developing interests

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State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans addresses the audience Thursday morning at Portales City Hall. Homans was visiting Clovis and Portales as part of a trip throughout southeastern New Mexico on Thursday. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area officials met with the state’s […]

Clovis praised for economic growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis is one of five communities awarded the certified community distinction under the State’s Certified Community Initiative this year, a press release from the Economic Development Department shows. Economic development secretary Rick Homans was scheduled to make the announcement at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Clovis, but inclement weather […]

Economic secretary touts incentive programs

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]