The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday its endorsement of the Rio Rancho Public Schools’ and CNM’s bond proposals, which are on the ballot in the Nov. 7 election.

RRPS’ General Obligation Bond would award the district $80 million for capital improvement projects, including safety and security upgrades, roof replacements, IT infrastructure upgrades, major construction projects and more.

The district also estimates receiving approximately $32 million in matches from the Public School Facilities Authority for the projects, giving RRPS a total of $112M to spend towards improving its facilities.

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce says the bond is “a significant investment in the future of our community and the educational opportunities it offers to our youth.”

The bond proposal includes plans to build new classrooms and a state-of-the-art Independence High School Building. The Rio Rancho Public Schools bond issue will not increase taxes.

“The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce wholeheartedly supports the $80 million bond proposal for Rio Rancho Public Schools,” said Dr. Stacey Goldstein Dwyer, Board Chairwoman of the Chamber. “This investment aligns with our mission to promote economic growth and prosperity in our community. Well-funded schools attract businesses and families, driving economic development and elevating the quality of life in Rio Rancho.”

The Central New Mexico Community College General Obligation (GO) Bond would provide $80 million for projects at multiple CNM locations in both Bernalillo County and Sandoval County.

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce also endorsed the CNM GO Bond because it “represents a pivotal investment in our community’s educational future and workforce development that will benefit our youth and adults for generations.”

The CNM GO Bond is dedicated to modernizing facilities, enhancing campus safety, and expanding educational opportunities for students. The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber “recognizes the vital role that CNM plays in preparing our workforce and advancing career opportunities in Central New Mexico.”

Key projects supported by this bond include the construction of a flagship facility at the Rio Rancho Public School’s Career-Technical Education Complex. This facility will become the new home for CNM’s skilled trades programs, such as Auto Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, and an innovative Electric Vehicle Mechanic program. These programs align with the demands of the modern job market and open doors to promising career pathways for students.  The funding will support the efforts of both high school students and college students working on certifications to fill a major need in our community.

“Our endorsement of the CNM GO Bond is a testament to our commitment to the educational and economic well-being of our community,” Goldstein Dwyer said. “The projects funded by this bond will not only modernize CNM’s facilities but also better prepare New Mexicans for an ever-evolving workforce, while also building a more conducive environment for learning.”

CNM’s facilities serve as vital hubs for education, training, and workforce development. Upgrading and expanding these facilities will empower students to explore new career possibilities and equip them with the skills needed to thrive in the ever-evolving job market.

The CNM GO Bond will not increase taxes.