New Mexico governor, city leaders try to woo businesses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez and officials from two of New Mexico’s largest cities are in Chicago this week to meet with business leaders about opportunities in the state.

The governor’s office says Martinez is traveling with Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and economic development officials from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

The city of Rio Rancho has been bracing for dozens of layoffs from one of the state’s largest private employers, computer chip manufacturer Intel.

The company announced earlier this year that it would slash about 12,000 jobs worldwide. Local officials have refused to say how many workers at the Rio Rancho plant would be affected.

The plant has been a cornerstone of the community, pumping billions of dollars into the economy and funding a number of public schools over three decades.

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