The city of Alamogordo enjoys a wide variety of retailers that provide excellent goods and services to our area, as well as excellent job opportunities. With over 530 active business members, the Chamber of Commerce in Alamogordo benefits the community by coordinating and sponsoring a variety of activities and services throughout the year – including festivals, tournaments and volunteer committees that support the businesses and interest of all of Alamogordo’s citizenry. Area private industry employers include Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), PreCheck, Inc., Western Baking Corporation, the Alamogordo Public School system and Super WalMart.
The city of Alamogordo is also proud of its military affiliation. Closely link to Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range, Alamogordo benefits from their spirit as well as their economic contributions to the community. Holloman Air Force Base is Alamogordo’s major employer and the cornerstone of its economy. Holloman is led by the 49th Wing, and home to the German Air Force Flying Training Center, which trains German pilots and weapons systems operators in the Panavia GR-1 Tornado strike aircraft. Additionally, Holloman is the location of the 46th Test Group, which tests many of the Department of Defense’s latest technologies, from radars to weapons systems. The Holloman high-speed test track, used by the 46th Test Group to test missiles, holds the world’s land speed record of over Mach 9. Since the 1940s, Holloman has been the home of the cutting-edge research and development, particularly in space exploration.
The County’s transportation infrastructure provides ready access to markets and suppliers throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico gateways. Alamogordo is located at the intersections of two four-lane highways, U.S. 70 and U.S. 54. These two highways provide excellent connections to two major north-south and east-west interstate highways, I-10 and I-25. Rail service (including trailer on flat car) is available through Southern/Union Pacific Railway. Major airline service is easily accessible through El Paso International Airport, which is 1.5 hours away. Alamogordo can meet the telecommunication needs of nearly any business via CenturyLink or Tularosa Basin Telephone Communications fiber optic cable, which runs throughout the town.
Business and Industrial Development
Several major sites for business and industrial development are within the city of Alamogordo. The city is in the process of developing the Airport Business Park, which is located in the vicinity of the Alamogordo/White Sands Regional Airport. Funding for the installation of water, sewer and utility services and roads to these parcels has been obtained, and construction is slated to begin the in the near future. Otero County Economic Development Council has available properties for future development for manufacturing and industrial opportunities. This 70-acre property offers rail spur access, and is near interchange of U.S. Highways 70 and 54.
Sites within both the Airport Business Park and the Industrial Park may be offered as part of a total Economic Development incentive package. Private commercial and industrial property is competitively priced.
Labor Force, Climate and Quality
The Alamogordo/Otero County workforce is augmented by residents in neighboring Lincoln County. Alamogordo offers a highly qualified and well-trained workforce. More than 80 percent of the adult population are high school graduates, and an additional 28 percent hold post-secondary degrees. 25 percent of the adult population is bilingual. Characteristic of the southwest, salary levels here are below the national norms, yet the community as a whole is known for its excellent work ethic. The Department of Workforce Solutions is the best source for salary and wage information and can be reached at www.dws.state.nm.us.
State and Local Business Incentives
The state of New Mexico has an extensive incentives program. In addition to workforce development programs, bond programs and private equity investments, the state offers additional benefits to businesses locating in rural portions of New Mexico – such as Alamogordo. Many industry-specific incentives are offered as well, the details of which can be found at www.goNM.biz. In addition to the state of New Mexico incentives, Alamogordo has adopted a local economic development plan, which allows the city to provide land, building and infrastructure resources as incentives. Otero County Economic Development Council makes recommendations to the city and county on these programs. The City and County Commissions demonstrate a willingness to support job growth and industrial recruitment through the issuance of industrial revenue bonds, tax abatements and cash incentives.