Answering today’s questions for tomorrow’s New Mexico

What will be New Mexico’s most powerful tools for creating a healthier, more diversified economy, given the environmental, water sufficiency, and climatic challenges we face in the next decade and beyond? How will New Mexico manage our financial resources to be sure we provide culturally-inclusive social and economic development? How will we foster lifelong educational opportunities, healthy lifestyles, economic justice, and equitable access to public services and facilities for everyone? The Case for a Public Bank

Working together we can establish a Public Bank for New Mexico, to finance the bold changes it will take for our communities to overcome today’s obstacles and seize tomorrow’s opportunities.

Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity Announces Advisory Board

July 16, 2020 – Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity announces its Advisory Board and is grateful for the 17 talented and generous individuals whose cumulative knowledge and experience will continue to advance the goal of a public bank for New Mexico. Click here for more information about this inspiring group of New Mexicans who are working with AFLEP toward a prosperous, more equitable future for New Mexico with a state public bank.

Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity is the successor to Santa Fe based Banking on New Mexico (BoNM) and Public Bank for Central New Mexico (PBCNM) in Albuquerque. Both groups were formed to research and discuss public banking in their communities and to advocate for public banking. In 2014, BoNM cohosted an international public banking symposium with the City of Santa Fe and in 2015, Public Bank for Central New Mexico hosted a similar event with Albuquerque and State officials.

Following the Santa Fe Public Bank Task Force Spring 2018 report, which advised that City budgets were not large enough to create a municipal public bank and that a public bank would require a change in the state constitution, the leadership of both groups began discussions leading to the creation of the The Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity.

Upcoming Events


01oct3:00 pm4:00 pm2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series: Seed Saving and On-farm BreedingLearn what it takes to be your own plant breeder and understand concepts of genetics and plant selection

08oct3:00 pm4:00 pm2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series: Strategies to Prevent Development and Spread of Herbicide-Resistant WeedsWeeds in the garden and farm can become resistant to our most depended-upon herbicide treatments

08oct5:00 pm6:30 pmBring on the Power of Public Banking for FloridaLearn how public banks have been shown to respond more rapidly, effectively and equitably to crises than privately-owned banks

09oct10:00 am11:00 amPublic Banking Coalition Monthly Conference CallLearn more about Public Banking, discuss current issues and get updates on the movement.

13oct1:00 pm2:00 pmKeeping the Water we do get –in the Soil!A collaborative fall webinar series for the benefit of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers and advancement of healthy soil principles on working lands

15oct3:00 pm4:00 pm2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series: Beneficial Insect Identification and Habitat ManagementLearn why cultivating the insect ecosystem on your land is pertinent to sustainable agriculture

21oct6:00 pm7:00 pmPublic Banking and YOU!What is a public bank and why is it good for New Mexico? Join Democratic Party of Bernalillo County & AFLEP to find out.

22oct3:00 pm4:00 pm2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series: Growing vegetables in NM – Managing challenges for an abundant harvestAn informative overview on the farming and gardening methods pertinent to the southwest climate and soil

22oct7:00 pm8:00 pmBring On the Power of Public Banking: How to Rescue Main Street Post COVID-19Public Banking Institute's Town Hall for Butte County, Northern California

23oct2:30 pm3:30 pmPublic Banks vs. the Racial Wealth GapCould a publicly-owned bank be the real solution to a history of harmful private bank practices?

29oct3:00 pm4:00 pm2020 Sustainable Agriculture Fall Workshop Series: Pruning Fruit Trees for Sustainable Production: Why, When, and HowGet a grasp on fruit tree management, especially pruning


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New Mexicans deserve the prosperity a
public bank has provided North Dakotans

  • North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.
  • Bank of North Dakota (BND) has added to the state’s annual operating budget $300+ million over the past 10 years.
  • North Dakota community banks are thriving because of their partnerships with BND.
  • BND originated or renewed 17,299 loans to state businesses, projects and students, totaling $1.33 billion in 2018.
  • BND works actively to create successful new businesses to reduce the state’s dependence on oil and gas.
  • Founded in 1919 with $2 million in capital, BND reported assets of over $7 billion in 2017.
  • BND posted its 15th year of record profits at $159 million in 2018 and is highly profitable, with a Return on Investment (ROI) of 18% for 2018.

Detailed Comparison of New Mexico and North Dakota
BND’s Financing Economic Development 2017 Report
BND 2018 Annual Report

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Four Ways to Strengthen Your State and City Finances

Public Banking Institute, July 2, 2020

This short video is one of a series about the benefits of public banking presented by the Public Banking Institute, our national affiliate. AFLEP is leading statewide momentum throughout 2020 culminating with New Mexico legislation in 2021.

The Benefits of Forming a NM Public Bank

Retake Our Democracy, June 23, 2020

AFLEP is joined by Ellen Brown, Chair of the Public Banking Institute, and Paul Stull, President and CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico for this panel discussion about the potential benefits of a New Mexico state public bank. Panel facilitated by Retake Our Democracy.

Public Banking News

Rashida Tlaib and AOC have a proposal for a fairer, greener financial system — public banking

Rashida Tlaib and AOC have a proposal for a fairer, greener financial system — public banking

By Emily Stewart, Vox – Proposed by Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Public Banking Act wouldn’t create public banks by itself, but would foster the creation of public banks across the country by providing them a pathway to getting started, establishing an infrastructure for liquidity and credit facilities for them via the Federal Reserve, and setting up federal guidelines for them to be regulated.

Buying Local, Expanding Agriculture

Buying Local, Expanding Agriculture

By Katherine Lewin, Santa Fe Reporter – The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic devastation has exacerbated another lingering problem in New Mexico: food insecurity. In a bid to alleviate New Mexicans’ worsening battle with hunger on a county level, the Santa Fe County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday to implement a new plan for improving access to local and regional produce and meat.

The National Movement

Across the nation, more than 25 initiatives and 50 grassroots organizations are advocating for the chartering of public banks. Learn more about the National Movement and the work of the Public Banking Institute.