A strategic location in proximity to booming markets in Texas, California and Mexico is complemented by the availability of excellent education and specialized training options, as well as a favorable pro-business attitude—making Carlsbad an attractive place for businesses of all sizes and types. The city also offers plenty of opportunities for development, particularly within its two commercial sites—the 450-acre Airport Industrial Park, home to Celtech, Wesingthouse Engineered Products, Courson Construction, the Permian Basin Fire Training Center and the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Training Center, and another 120-acre industrial park.
The economic life of Carlsbad is as diverse as it comes, with such industries as potash mining, oil and gas, tourism, government and the high-tech field all playing a significant role in the area’s prosperity. The potash industry has been a central component in southeast New Mexico for nearly a century, due to the discovery of vast deposits of potassium salts just outside of Carlsbad. The oil and gas industry is another mainstay here, ever since its unearthing in the region in 1923. At the present, New Mexico ranks fourth in the U.S. when it comes to oil and gas production.
Agriculture was a dominating force at the advent of the community; and while it is a less commanding industry today, it still makes its presence known. Alfalfa fields, cotton crops and pecan trees speck the open lands of Carlsbad, as do dairy products, hay, vegetables, cattle and sheep.
One of Carlsbad’s major employers is the extensive Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). A U.S. Department of Energy facility managed by Washington TRU Solutions, WIPP has been safely disposing the nation’s defense-related transuranic radioactive waste since March 1999.
USEFUL BUSINESS RESOURCES IN CARLSBAD
The existence of New Mexico State University-Carlsbad has proven advantageous to area businesses. Not only does the university turn out educated and highly skilled employees, it also offers unmatched resources intended to aid in the success of business ventures in Carlsbad and its surrounding communities. NMSU-C hosts the region’s SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, a site that is designed to support owners of local small businesses, as well as prospective entrepreneurs. The SBDC provides a number of exceptional (and free) services to Carlsbad, including one-on-one management counseling, training courses, government procurement assistance, marketing assistance and financial analysis.
NMSU-C also houses the MANUFACTURING SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, a program that offers hands-on courses, certificates and two-year associate degrees in applied science. MSDP also provides a contract/custom training program for those seeking employment in entry-level positions, as well as an apprenticeship training program in association with the Eddy County Contractors’ Association.
The CARLSBAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU has been an important business-oriented organization since its establishment in 1930. Members of the Chamber are provided with a multitude of services and programs created to support the growth and overall success of the local economic environment. Benefits to membership include everything from marketing, advertising and networking opportunities to referrals and much, much more. A partner of the Chamber, as well as the city and county, area educational institutions and over 600 business professionals, the CARLSBAD DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT provides valuable services to established and potential employers. Among the CDOD’s services are aid in site selection, infrastructure development, customized training programs, planning, financial management support, referral services and rewarding tax incentives.
Both local and traveling business people have access to the modern and convenient PECOS RIVER VILLAGE CONFERENCE CENTER, a 13,000 square foot facility located along the banks of the Pecos River, near downtown Carlsbad. The center has the capabilities to accommodate up to 500 people at once, making it an ideal site for corporate retreats, conferences and more. The WALTER GERRELLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE is another amenity utilized by businesses. The facility is equipped with meeting rooms with capacity up to 800 people, along with the main hall that can seat up to 2,000.