Friday, October 09, 2015

The $1 billion project lost to Las Cruces because of the Monument - video

In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home. The CITE (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) project is a full-scale model of an ordinary American town. Yet it will be used as a petri dish to develop new technologies that will shape the future of the urban environment. The $1 billion scheme, led by telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings, will see 15-square-miles dedicated to ambitious experiments in fields such as transport, construction, communication and security. CITE will include specialized zones for developing new forms of agriculture, energy, and water treatment. An underground data collection network will provide detailed, real-time feedback. "The vision is an environment where new products, services and technologies can be demonstrated and tested without disrupting everyday life," says Pegasus Managing Director Robert Brumley. Without a human population to worry about, the possibilities are endless. Driverless vehicles could be used on responsive roads, monitored from above by traffic drones. Homes could be designed to survive natural disasters, and fitted with robotic features. Alternative energy sources such as Thorium power could be tested at scale. "You can bring new things to have them stressed, break them, and find out the laws of unintended consequences," says Brumley. "This should become like a magnet where people with ideas and technologies come, and not just test but interact." The director describes CITE as an "intermediary step" between lab testing a technology and it reaching the public. He believes the process will deliver more market-ready products and address the 'Valley of Death' -- the shortfall that exists between investment in research and development, and the revenues this generates. After first being proposed in 2011, CITE struggled to find suitable land and the project was shelved for two years. One site close to the Organ Mountains was nixed when President Obama declared it part of a National Monument. But a new location has been chosen, and pending the release of commercial licenses, work can begin. Builders will be on site this year, and the city could be operational as early as 2018. Pegasus has support from the state of New Mexico, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging its commitment to the project...more

Actually, it was the mere threat of the 500,000 acre National Monument that drove the project leaders to seek another site. 

If our city and county officials had endorsed the proposed monument for the Organ Mountains alone, the project would have been ours.  But no, they endorsed the enviros plan of shoehorning the public's support for protecting the Organs (50,000 acres) into a huge monument 10 times larger than the mountain complex.

We'll never know what future projects this will cost us.  This one alone has cost us thousands of jobs and a big boost to our tax base.  

Congratulations to Deming and Luna County, where the progressive/enviro combo has limited influence, for snaring this forward-looking project.

Here's a video/animation on CNN's website that shows the layout of the project.


Anonymous said...

AH! the Stupid project. The one to spend millions of taxpayer dollars, just like the space center in Las Cruces. Why can't the stupid members of congress bring this kind of spending under control. I'm hoping that this project falls on it's face!

Hemingway said...

I think someone deleted my first comment.

I read this story on Pegasus Global Holdings, and I am very dubious about C.I.T.E.It appears that Pegasus Global Holdings is resurrecting its dubious fake city project. The story below examines the truth. It appears that the Pegasus managing director Robert Brumley has nothing else to do but spread rumors, or he is looking for investors. Pegasus has no money for such a project.

Here is Pegasus's Virtual Office for CITE Development in Washington D.C. This was put up in 2012. This is still a joke.

Frank DuBois said...

Hemingway, I started to say you must have misposted, but I get an email notice for every post, and received one at 8:31 am saying you had posted. Yet it is not there. I assure you I didn't delete it, so I don't know what happened.

Any way, thanks for the links and your comments.

Frank DuBois said...

Anonymous, I'm sympathetic to your outlook, especially on Congressional spending. There's just one problem, this is a private sector project with no federal funding that I'm aware of. The article says that builders could be on site this year, but Hemingway says the don't have the funding. We shall see.

Frank DuBois said...

Hemingway, the mystery is solved. You placed your first comments under the story about releasing more mexican wolves, rather than the monument story.