Las Cruces Sun News article

Anthony to open its first MVD office later this year

New site means greater convenience

By Steve Ramirez

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POSTED:   06/28/2015 02:13:06 PM MDT

LAS CRUCES >> Anthony Mayor Arnulfo Castañeda said he isn’t doing his job if he isn’t looking to generate revenue.

So, the city of Anthony has entered into a contract with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division(MVD) to open a field office by the end of the year.

“I believe the need is there to provide this service to the public, not only to the residents of Anthony but to the surrounding community north, south and east of Anthony,” Castañeda said. “We have signed a contract with the state, and have approved a contract with a contractor to build what we need.”

The new MVD field office will be inside Anthony City Hall, 820 N.M. 478. A section of City Hall has been gutted and remodeling will begin in about four weeks. The field office is expected to begin operations in December.

Residents will be able to obtain, or renew, driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, transfer ownerships of vehicle titles and all other services provided by the state Motor Vehicle Division.

“I’m excited about the new venture the city is taking on,” said Sukie Saldaña, deputy city clerk, who will oversee operations.

Berino resident Juanita Ruvalcaba is excited, too, but for different reasons.

“There’s a lot of people that have to go to Las Cruces or Sunland (Park) to renew their licenses, and that can be a hard trip to make sometimes.” Ruvalcaba said. “This will be a lot closer, a lot shorter to get to. I’ll bet they do pretty good business.”

However, there have been problems, from time to time, at MVD field offices in Mesilla, Sunland Park and Las Cruces. Charges of malfeasance have been made against some employees for illegally issuing driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations, or embezzling funds from fees collected.

Castañeda said he is aware of the checkered pasts of some MVD field offices. However, he doesn’t foresee any problems.

“While I am mayor, I will not let that happen,” Castañeda said. “Certainly, I have faith in our staff. I can assure everyone we will follow all federal and state requirements that apply to any service residents would come into the MVD office for.”

Castañeda added an MVD field office could net the city of Anthony as much as $50,000 during its first year. The city’s profit will come from administrative fees it will collect for the services it provides.

“Some percentage of every transaction — for now, I’m estimating about 5 percent — will be charged in administrative fees,” Castañeda said. “The really good thing is that all of it will stay in Anthony.”

The new field office is projected to handle about 1,300 transactions every month, but will be capable of processing as many as 2,500 a month. The revenues are important to Anthony because most of its commercial businesses are on the Texas side of Anthony, which straddles the New Mexico and Texas state line.

Anthony, New Mexico is in a unique area,” Castañeda said. “Simply, we can’t compete with the laws in Texas, which tend to favor businesses much more favorably than New Mexico. That’s why a lot of bigger and bigger-name businesses are on the Texas side.

“But it’s still our responsibility to do everything we can to attract business or stimulate revenues. That’s why we’re doing this; we need to provide revenues to provide services our city residents continue to ask us for.”

The new MVD field office is expected to open with at least three stations to process transactions. Saldaña and three city employees will initially staff the office. But Castañeda said as many as five stations could become operational if demand is high.

Steve Ramirez can be reached at 575-541-5452.

New Motor Vehicle Office coming to Anthony!

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE OFFICE coming to ANTHONY.

Anthony, NM Thursday June 18, 2015 – Mayor Castañeda announces that the City of Anthony will soon open a new municipally operated Motor Vehicles Department office in Anthony. The office will be located within the city municipal complex at 820 Highway 478 in Anthony, NM.

“I believe the need is there to provide this service to the public, not only to the residents of Anthony but to the surrounding community.” said Castañeda. Construction for the new office will begin within the next four weeks with a grand opening expected for early winter. Deputy City Clerk Sukie Saldaña will be heading the new motor vehicle office. She will have an additional staff of three clerks.

The new office is expected to conduct approximately 1300 transactions a month with room to handle up to 2500 transactions monthly. Services to be provided include identifications, driver’s licenses, driver’s permits, disabled placards, new titles and title transfers, VIN inspections, and vehicle registrations. Said Ms. Saldaña, “I’m excited of the new venture the city is taking on. It’s a service that the city and neighboring communities need.”

NUEVA OFICINA de DEPARTAMENTO DE VEHICULOS en ANTHONY.

Anthony, Nuevo México Jueves 18 de junio 2015 – El alcalde Castañeda anuncia que la Ciudad de Anthony pronto abrirá una nueva oficina de Departamento de Vehículos operada por la ciudad. La oficina estará ubicada en el complejo municipal de la ciudad en 820 Carretera 478 en Anthony, NM.

“Creo que la necesidad está ahí para proporcionar este servicio al público, no sólo a los residentes de Anthony, sino a la comunidad que la rodea.”, Dijo Castañeda. La construcción de la nueva oficina comenzará dentro de las próximas cuatro semanas con la gran apertura esperada a los principios del invierno. Diputada Secretaria Municipal Sukie Saldaña dirigirá la nueva oficina de vehículos. Ella tendrá un personal adicional de tres empleados.

Se espera que la nueva oficina llevara acabo aproximadamente 1,300 transacciones al mes con espacio para manejar hasta 2,500 transacciones mensuales. Servicios que se ofrecen incluyen identificaciones, licencias de conducir, permisos de conducir, pancartas para discapacidades,  títulos nuevos y transferencias de título, inspecciones VIN, y las matriculaciones de vehículos. Dijo la Señorita Saldaña, “Estoy emocionada de la nueva empresa que la ciudad está asumiendo. Es un servicio que la ciudad y las comunidades vecinas necesitan “.

ANTHONY MVD

Conferencia de Negocios en español

¡Sí se puede! Abre o Amplia tu Negocio

¡Sí se puede! es una conferencia de negocios que se celebrará el sábado 11 de julio a partir de las 8:30 am – 12:30 pm en Anthony, Nuevo México. ¡Sí se puede! pretende ser el evento profesional líder en el suministro de la comunidad de habla español de la región de El Paso-Las Cruces las herramientas para iniciar un negocio exitoso. La misión de esta conferencia es el de facilitar un entorno profesional que permite a los propietarios de negocios en idioma español (y dueños de negocios potenciales) para expandir sus redes y desarrollar oportunidades de negocio. Con demasiada frecuencia, barreras lingüísticas y culturales impiden que los empresarios tomen el siguiente paso a iniciar o expandir su negocio. Esta conferencia tiene como objetivo que la comunidad sepa que no están solos en su búsqueda para promover su pequeña empresa y que hay organizaciones que están aquí para ayudar. La conferencia está organizada en colaboración con el Consulado de México-El Paso y agencias gubernamentales locales que apoyan vibrante sector empresarial de la región y estimular el desarrollo económico.

El número de empresas hispanas sigue creciendo exponencialmente. En el evento, los asistentes podrán reunirse con los principales líderes empresariales de la comunidad de habla español, aprenden cómo maximizar la visibilidad de su empresa y ganar exposición frente al segmento de mayor crecimiento de la comunidad empresarial de la región. La conferencia es una oportunidad para empresarios en idioma español para llevar su negocio al siguiente nivel. En el evento, los asistentes podrán establecer contactos con líderes de la industria y asistir a talleres y seminarios dinámicos para dotarlos de las herramientas necesarias para aumentar su flujo de ingresos en esta economía.

Aunque no hay ningún costo para reservar una mesa en este evento si usted proporciona servicios de asistencia para pequeñas empresas en el área de El Paso-Las Cruces, debe tener al menos un representante que hable español con fluidez. Si a usted le gustaría tener una mesa en este evento, por favor ponerse en contacto con Raul Gonzalez, correo electrónico a raulg@riocog.org.

 

¡Si Se Puede! Abre o amplia tu negocio

¡Si Se Puede! is a Spanish-language small business conference which will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Anthony, New Mexico. ¡Si Se Puede! aims to be the leading professional event in providing the Spanish-speaking community of the El Paso-Las Cruces region the tools to start a successful business. The mission of this conference is to facilitate a professional setting that allows Spanish-language business owners (and potential business owners) to expand their networks and develop business opportunities. Far too often, language and cultural barriers prevent entrepreneurs from taking the next step in starting or expanding their business. This conference aims to let the community know that they are not alone in their quest to further their small business and that there are organizations that are here to help. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate-El Paso and local government agencies that support the region’s vibrant business sector and spur economic development.

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses continues to grow exponentially. At the event, attendees will meet with top business leaders in the Spanish-language community, learn how to maximize their company’s visibility, and gain exposure in front of the fastest-growing segment of the region’s business community. The conference is a premier opportunity for up-and-coming Spanish-language entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level. At the event, attendees will network with industry leaders and attend dynamic workshops and seminars to equip them with the tools needed to increase their revenue stream in this economy.

Though there is no cost for reserving a table at this event if you provide small business assistance services within the El Paso-Las Cruces area, you must have at least one representative who speaks fluent Spanish. If you would like to have a table at this event, please fill out the attached registration form and email it to raulg@riocog.org.

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