10/14/08 505-343-9848

Restaurateurs Will Meet to Discuss How to Survive in Uncertain Economy

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The New Mexico Restaurant Association will hold a legislative forum on October 28 to discuss issues restaurateurs will face in the upcoming legislative session and how they can best work with their elected officials during the session. Survival in an uncertain economy is the theme of the forum. It is being co-sponsored by: Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association, Tourism Association of New Mexico, New Mexico Lodging Association, Linton and Associates, Coca-Cola and Southern Wine and Spirits of NM.

The forum, which is being held from 1-5 PM at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town Albuquerque, will consist of several panel-style sessions that will bring together members of the restaurant industry and government officials to discuss the issues at hand. These include card check legislation, healthcare programs, 4th degree felony penalty for servers, and regulatory justice. There will also be a panel of restaurateurs who have used effective grassroots campaigns and best practices for working with elected officials who support the hospitality industry.

Invited legislators include: Michael Sanchez – Senate Majority Floor Leader; Tim Jennings – Senate President Pro Tempore; Stuart Ingle – Senate Minority Floor Leader; Ben Lujan – Speaker of the House; and Ken Martinez – House Majority Floor Leader.

Restaurateurs and other interested parties are encouraged to attend this event. The success of this forum depends on the participation of restaurateurs and all those involved in the hospitality industry.

Cost to attend the Forum is $19.95 (by October 15) and $29.95 (after October 15). Registration fees include an after-forum reception. Interested parties can register online at www.nmrestaurants.org or by calling the association at 505-343-9848 or 800-432-0740.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association’s mission is to empower the food and beverage industry by promoting and protecting common values and interests. It has more than 1,000 members in 111 cities all over New Mexico, who join together for meetings, seminars and the hospitality industry awards to honor the industry’s top achievers. It has actively represented and promoted the food service industry in New Mexico since 1946.