The Economic Hub of Eastern New Mexico

With a population nearing 50,000, Roswell is the fifth largest city in New Mexico. There are over 10,000 children in the Roswell Independent School District and 5,000 students enrolled in institutions of higher education.

Our abundance of groundwater and a mild climate make Chaves County the biggest producer of agricultural products of any County in the State. From pecans and alfalfa to cattle agriculture is central to our economy. It is the 12th largest milk producing County in the United States with nearly one billion pounds of milk produced yearly. Consequently, one of the area’s largest employers is Leprino Foods employing 650 people producing more mozzarella cheese than any other single facility in the U.S.

The Roswell Industrial Air Center is a 5,000 acre former Strategic Air Command Base with 1,200 people working onsite at three large commercial aviation maintenance companies, a full service airport, and a FBO. In addition, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell (a community college) is strategically placed on the RIAC.

Roswell is home to the headquarters of 12 major oilfield companies, largely due to the livability of the city with retail, restaurants, fine art, and extensive recreational options.

It is a primary market for retail expansion from saturated metropolitan markets, and has 300 restaurants and 1,500 hotel rooms. There are two full size hospitals serving an extended region of over 120,000 people.

The famous Roswell UFO landing brings 175,000 visitors per year, who stay to enjoy nearby mountains, lakes, and Carlsbad Caverns.

The physical infrastructure is ready with enough water rights for 300,000 people in Roswell and ample electricity, gas, and real estate.

Three flights a day to and from Dallas-Fort Worth on American Eagle make travel easy and convenient; expanded Commercial Air Service to Phoenix is planned for Summer 2016.

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Roswell is Ready!