A new study says a national monument in Dona Ana County would offer major economic benefits.
The study by BBC Research & Consulting says…designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on public lands would have a “significant positive effect” on the local economy.
The study was commissioned by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. It estimates that establishing the national monument would generate $7.4 million dollars in new economic activity annually and create 88 new jobs, doubling the number of jobs that the public lands support in outdoor recreation and tourism. The study also estimates an additional $562,000 per year in combined state and local government tax revenue from designation of the national monument.
The full economic report can be viewed online at www.OMDPjobs.com.
The economic report will be discussed in detail with small business owners, the press and the public at a forum today (Friday) at the Mesilla Community Center.