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.
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
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
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
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.
Endorse a Public Bank for NM so your friends and public officials know you support public banking and why.
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
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.
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.
Downturns may be the best time to start a bank with a mission to serve underserved or disinvested communities
By Oscar Perry Abello, Next City – Cities and states are considering ways to use public dollars to create state-owned or city-owned banks as part of recovering from the COVID-19 recession. With its mission and its seed money from the state, Virginia Community Capital opened for deposits on August 20, 2008 — smack dab in the middle of the Great Recession.