During its “FOCUS Tour,” the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) will navigate New Mexico’s highways to meet with the businesspeople and community leaders to present the organization’s interim policy agenda, a working document that directs the organization’s legislative work during the year, particularly during each legislative session.
According to ACI President and CEO Jason Espinoza, the organization that bills itself as the “Voice of New Mexico Business” will seek feedback on current policy positions, but more importantly, Espinoza said, ACI will seek input on what might be missing from its policy agenda. Espinoza said ACI wants to know what might be the Enchanted Circle’s most pressing business and economic concerns that can be addressed through ACI’s policy committees, which will meet later in the fall.
“The FOCUS Tour is about getting out of our Albuquerque office and connecting with the constituency we represent,” Espinoza said. “The information we gather during the tour is so valuable to our work, because the tour precedes our fall policy committee meetings, where our legislative proposals are drafted.”
According to ACI’s most recent annual report, the business group’s policy committees “represent 12 policy areas, covering a broad array of industries and issues,” from the agriculture industry to the energy industry, as well as the workplace issues that touch all industries, such as unemployment insurance.
“Our policy committees are entirely comprised of ACI member representatives,” Espinoza said, “because we believe that no advocate can speak better on the needs of the private sector than the private sector itself.”
Espinoza said that, while the policy committees’ members represent “diverse business perspectives,” physically visiting the communities on the FOCUS Tour provides one more level of assurance that the best proposals are going forward for the Legislature’s consideration.
“ACI’s office might be in Albuquerque, but we are absolutely committed to representing businesses of every size, in every community and in every industry in New Mexico,” Espinoza said. “The urgency of improving New Mexico’s private sector is very real to us. We have to get it right, if New Mexico families are to prosper.”