NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The 2023 Legislature passed House Bill 8 to establish a division focused on growing Creative Industries in New Mexico. The measure was signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on April 5, 2023.
The Legislature appropriated $2 million in one-time money (a special appropriation) to EDD to support HB8. The EDD is requesting $500k in recurring funding to fund the division fund, and two full time staff to support creative businesses in New Mexico as part of its 2025 fiscal year budget.
Creative Industries is defined by New Mexico Legislature in HB 8 is a business or person engaged in creative enterprises, including*:
*This does not include a business, organization, or person engaged in creative enterprises involving filming activities supported by the New Mexico Film Division of the Economic Development Department.
The Creative Industries Division is charged with supporting the state’s creative industries by:
In shaping the new division, EDD sought proposals to craft a statewide plan for the Creative Industries Division, exploring program models, budgets, and industry analyses. Santa Fe’s Creative Startups, was chosen as the contractor, with collaboration from Vital Spaces and the Poeh Cultural Center, all bringing expertise in regional economy plans and guiding the division’s future with their deep understanding of New Mexico’s creative landscape.
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The mission of the New Mexico Economic Development Department is to Improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunities and providing a place for businesses to thrive.
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