Three New Mexico cities have been ranked among the top five metropolitan areas in the country with the most export growth, New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez said.

Martinez said a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows Las Cruces, Farmington and Santa Fe broke records for export growth. Las Cruces and Farmington came in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Santa Fe was ranked fifth.

“I’ve always said that if we provide an environment that is friendly to job creators, we can level the playing field with neighboring states and become a leader in exports,” Martinez said in a news release Friday.

Martinez said the rankings confirm the state’s strides to diversify its economy and grow in the private sector. But the state had more work to do to be seen as a leader in international trade, she added.

According to the department report, the Las Cruces area dominated other cities with an export growth of more than 210 percent in the last year. That amounted to a gain of $913 million with an overall total of $1.3 billion in growth. Farmington saw export growth of 140 percent in the last year. The city’s export business generated $83 million, an increase of $49 million. Santa Fe’s export growth rose by 102 percent last year, totaling $38 million.

A majority of the exports were to markets where the U.S. has trade agreements. Key exports from the state include appliances, electronic parts, plastic and rubber products and transportation equipment. The state’s reach touched North American Free Trade Agreement countries and places in Europe and Asia.

New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela credited the gains to tax policy changes, trade missions and flourishing relationships with leaders in other countries.

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Jacob Barba

Gov Martinez has proven her ability to laed in economic circles.Majority of exports are produce.
Santa Fe has expensive designer jewelry to export.There is a Catapiller Plant behind
the Dept. of Public Safety.Also Santa Fe Tortilla .
The problem with Santa Fe is the High minimun wage,cost of living,and expensive rent.

Carolyn DM

WTH does Santa Fe export? We have no industry here.

karl hardy

They are exporting the people who have lived here and can no longer find a good long term rental,

Mike Johnson


This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, who did this study? Santa Fe produces nothing but some art and left wing activists, and I wish we could export those activists……..[beam]

Elizabeth Pettus

I believe much of the exported material is Native American Art and jewelry for which there is a global market.

Robert DeWalt

Martinez doesn't get to take credit for the hard work of the people she steals from and oppresses. Washington: She's yours.

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