The film and television industry sets record-breaking wages for New Mexicans. An asian parts manufacturer will expand into New Mexico for expansion. Virgin Galactic plans its first private astronaut mission. Creative Startups launches Native American-led venture fund and an Albuquerque cookie shop makes USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Cookies in America” list.

Film and television industry sets record-breaking wages for New Mexicans

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that film, television, and digital media production spending in New Mexico surpassed $2.2 billion over the past

three fiscal years and that industry wages are now at a record high. The New Mexico Film Office shows that the industry spent more than $794 million in New Mexico from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

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Asian parts manufacturer picks New Mexico for expansion

The New Mexico Economic Development announced that a major Asian auto parts supplier will be constructing a factory in New Mexico’s Santa Teresa Borderplex and hiring 350 employees.

The Taiwan-based Hota Industrial Manufacturing, a manufacturer of automotive gears for North American and European clients including Tesla, has signed an agreement for a 30-acre parcel in the Westpark Industrial Park in Santa Teresa, N.M. with construction expected to begin in 2024. The company plans to invest $72 million in New Mexico with future expansions possible over the coming decade.

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Virgin Galactic’s first private astronaut mission

Virgin Galactic’s seventh spaceflight and second commercial spaceflight, ‘Galactic 02’, will fly three private passengers, including the first Olympian and first Caribbean astronauts, to space.

VSS Unity will carry Jon Goodwin, an 80-year-old Olympian and early Virgin Galactic ticket holder, as well as Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers, a Caribbean mother-daughter duo who won their seats in a draw that raised funds for non-profit Space for Humanity.

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Creative Startups launches Native American-led venture fund

Native American entrepreneur Kelly Holmes launched the world’s first Native fashion magazine in 2012 and has since expanded it into a thriving digital media platform that highlights indigenous art, culture and entertainment.

Now, the Minicoujou Lakota entrepreneur — who grew up on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota — is sharing her success as a mentor and as an investor in many more budding creative startups run by aspiring Native American entrepreneurs, women and people of color in New Mexico and other Western states.

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This Albuquerque cookie shop made USA Today’s top 10

An Albuquerque cookie shop, Rude Boy Cookies, made USA Today’s list of the “Best cookies in America: 10 Shops You Can’t Miss.” Rude Boy Cookies was nominated earlier this summer and has placed in spot No. 7 on the list.

The Albuquerque shop offers all the classic cookies, from chocolate chip to peanut butter, and it also offers some more specialty choices, like oatmeal toffee and raspberry white chocolate chip. For relief from the New Mexico heat, Rude Boy Cookies also offers a variety of ice cream choices – their “deconstructed ice cream sandwich” combines two chopped-up cookies and ice cream in a cup.

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