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Alamogordo is blessed with a highly trained and educated workforce. The unemployment rate is generally lower than the state rates, and do not reflect the large variances of the state due to the steadying influence of Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range.

Holloman Air Force Base is Alamogordo’s major employer, and the cornerstone of its economy. The base is home to the 49th Wing, which operates and maintains the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted vehicles, all are synonymous with the most advanced aerospace technology the United States has to offer. The Wing is also the host for the German Flying Training Center, which trains German Air Force aircrew in the Tornado jet aircraft. Holloman is also the location of the 46th Test Group, which tests many of the Department of Defense’s latest technologies – from radars to weapons systems. The high-speed test track used by the 46th Test Group to test missiles holds the land speed record of over Mach 9.

PreCheck, Inc., an investigation firm that provides comprehensive credentialing and background verification services exclusively for the healthcare industry, relocated a second office in Alamogordo in 2007. Originally headquartered in Houston, Texas, they have elected to also relocate their headquarters to Alamogordo. They currently have 115 employees and have been open for five years.

The healthcare industry is also a major employer, with over 600 employees. Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (GCRMC) is a joint venture with Holloman Air Force Base; it’s a model of Department of Defense and community collaboration. The hospital provides state-of-the-art facilities, ranging from cardiopulmonary care to a sleep studies unit. Alamogordo is very proud of this dynamic facility and the staff at GCRMC.

The flagships of the region’s tourism destinations are the Lodge in Cloudcroft and the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. These two facilities employ over 1,000 hospitality workers. The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, including work on the casino, championship golf course, world-class hunting operation and the winter play area, Ski Apache. Otero County is also famous for its pistachio groves and wineries, which attract thousands of visitors each year to taste local products grown in the Tularosa Basin.

Filmmakers have long been taking advantage of the pristine beauty of the White Sands, the desert scenery, as well as the high-mountain streams and forests as backdrops for modeling shoots, TV movies and full-length feature films. In fact, cast and crewmembers from Dream Works-Paramount Pictures were in the area for months as they shot a major portion of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Not only did they find many of the services they required right in Otero County, they incorporated local structures for locations, found “extras” and were also made welcome on the local military bases.

The newest industry in town is Western Baking Corporation. By renovating an old manufacturing plant, this project is not only providing a facelift to an old building, but they are providing opportunities for new types of jobs in Otero County. Once in full operation, this will be one of the largest- and highest-producing facilities in the southwest.

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