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Name not shown inside BARRANCA MESA March 18, 2019, 10:42 AM

Given the seven priorities you reviewed in the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan, what are the key areas that we should address first?
Vacancies -- It's an embarrassment to the community to see major buildings sit empty, seemingly abandoned and falling into dis-repair year after year. For any outsider coming into the town they must think we have fallen on hard times. (Have we?)


What creative solutions can you suggest to make progress on the seven priorities?
Create disincentives for property owners to allow buildings to sit vacant. Work to eliminate any tax incentives that motivate property owners to let properties sit vacant or unused. If necessary, apply eminent domain principles in situations where property owner is not taking reasonable steps to gain tenants or re-purpose property. Property should be beneficial to the good of the community, not just the tax write-off of an individual property owner.


What other suggested priorities would you add to the list as we move forward?
List is a very good starting point for priorities. Adding more would only dilute the effort. Keep on trucking!

Kyle Wheeler inside BARRANCA MESA March 16, 2019, 12:40 PM

Given the seven priorities you reviewed in the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan, what are the key areas that we should address first?
There are ways to address several of your priorities; for example, you can increase the amount and types of housing options while protecting open spaces by redeveloping areas that have already been developed but are underused or sitting vacant for many years. Don't build on open space while places like the Hilltop House Hotel, the old Hallmark building, and the vacant site of the Los Alamos Inn sit empty. It is time to condemn some building and motivate owners with the stick using vacancy taxes (carrots haven't worked). This town needs housing of all types. The Oppenheimer condo building has almost zero vacancies but there are lists of people wanting to get in. What is the county doing to encourage builders to come to our community to invest in housing of this type? I would hate to see open space cleared for development without first making agressive changes to the existing, falling-down, underused, vacant, blighted properties that already exist in Los Alamos and White Rock. I don't know what type of development might be planned for the old Black Hole property, but this seems like an ideal location for housing. There are a lot of people who want single-level homes where they can age in place. It can be a three- or four-story building, but build them so each unit is on a single level rather than as a row house. To get the population to 20,000, which I believe is easily achievable and which would help the local business community, we need to have more and better housing options available.


What creative solutions can you suggest to make progress on the seven priorities?
We have some wonderful assets to attract people to come to Los Alamos to make it their home and to work, be it at the laboratory, the hospital, the schools, the county. Let's take care of what we already have in the way of open spaces and cultural amenities. A lot of time, money, and effort has gone into recreational facilities (ballfields, ice skating rink, the aquatic center, the nature center, the golf course, the trails, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, our libraries and senior centers, etc.); maintain them, take care of what we have. We have first-class amenities; let's take care of them!


What other suggested priorities would you add to the list as we move forward?
If you can get housing problems addressed, and our population can grow by just a bit more, that will help our restaurants and our hotels and stores (one of your priorities). Having more people living in the commercial core (downtown Los Alamos and the old Village in White Rock) would help a lot. Especially for students who may not have transportation, living downtown would be ideal because they can walk or ride bikes to many places or take ACT on weekdays. We could use a nice hotel right downtown, perhaps even an extended stay hotel. You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Look to see how other communities have done what we need to do here. Then get busy and do it!

Name not shown inside NORTH COMMUNITY March 15, 2019, 4:35 PM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Reinforce neighborhood beautification through continued support of the property maintenance ordinance, and the facilitation and funding of community-based programs. (10)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 1 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Enforce the laws, stop accepting the excuse that people are old, infirm or underpaid. Responsibility is not optional for property ownership.


Goal 2. Define and address quality of life priorities.
Support development of outreach programs that support the needs of existing, new and prospective residents, including expanded housing, retail, recreation, education & work options, and improved cellular, broadband & transportation services. (10)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 3 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Stop trying to do something that keeps failing and is unachievable. (Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.). Just because we want this to happen isn't going to make it happen.


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Create an environment to support LANL talent recruitment and retention efforts through expanded housing (for rent/purchase), amenities (retail, restaurants, entertainment), and community welcome and orientation sources/services. (10)

Steven Schramm inside WHITE ROCK March 15, 2019, 8:53 AM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (7), Produce quality housing to meet demand via assembling properties, creating incentives and soliciting residential developers. (3)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 1 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
The topic of housing has been non-stop since we moved to town the first time in 1986. The county has identified properties that could be developed, why hasn't this already been done? What is being done to acquire more land? After 75 years, it is clear that the Lab isn't going to use everything it has claimed; I would like to think that it would be in our mutual interest to allow Los Alamos to expand to better support the Lab and to be more self-sustaining.
The property maintenance ordinance needs to be rescinded and completely re-written so as to remove the county from the role of HOA enforcer for the entire populace. It's personally frustrating that the council would have adopted this intrusive ordinance in the first place.


Goal 2. Define and address quality of life priorities.
Conduct a comprehensive quality of life community survey, including residents and non-resident employees (2)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 2 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
I have problems with the government creating programs- they never stay within their original scope, and continue to grow and require more and more resources (ie: taxes from my pocket). If the need is real, let the free market fill it.


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (6), Target/grow retail and hospitality industries by implementing the County's Tourism Strategic, Brand Action, MainStreet and Creative District Master plans, and supporting the Santa Fe Regional Airport as a regional hub. (4)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 3 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Create a Silicon Plateau; highlight local businesses started as a result of associations with the Lab. Market businesses born at LANL, but since merged or acquired that have relocated elsewhere. Encourage cooperation with the Lab in such a way that we might learn of discontinuing research projects that could have commercial value, or of ongoing research that needs a business leader. Being part of a small business in town that has sought potential collaboration with the Lab, our experience has been slow and frustrating in even trying to find out what's available.


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Create an environment to support LANL talent recruitment and retention efforts through expanded housing (for rent/purchase), amenities (retail, restaurants, entertainment), and community welcome and orientation sources/services. (2), Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (3), Improve and market hospitality offerings (ie. full service hotel and event space) to secure Los Alamos as host town for LANL and external high-tech science events. (3), Continue supporting LANL’s regional advocacy programs, including the Regional Coalition, the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Feynman Center for Innovation and talent recruitment. (2)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 4 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
There is absolutely nothing in this area that would replace the financial impact of LANL should the government decide close it, so a discussion about "retaining" (as if we had a choice) the Lab is a bit disingenuous. That said, I think more needs to be done to reclaim unused land from the Lab so that we have at least the option of attracting businesses and people that could generate a viable economy absent LANL. Also, and addressing White Rock in particular, encourage the Lab to release prime retail properties so that we have somewhere to which businesses can relocate.

David Jolly inside WHITE ROCK March 14, 2019, 4:04 PM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Define housing demand through conduct of a new housing study. (2), Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (4), Produce quality housing to meet demand via assembling properties, creating incentives and soliciting residential developers. (1), Provide finanical assistance for Affordable Housing by enhancing and expanding existing housing assistance programs. (2), Reinforce neighborhood beautification through continued support of the property maintenance ordinance, and the facilitation and funding of community-based programs. (1)


Goal 2. Define and address quality of life priorities.
Conduct a comprehensive quality of life community survey, including residents and non-resident employees (6), Support development of outreach programs that support the needs of existing, new and prospective residents, including expanded housing, retail, recreation, education & work options, and improved cellular, broadband & transportation services. (4)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 2 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Both of these are important. I would start with the first, to clarify community priorities.


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (4), Target/grow retail and hospitality industries by implementing the County's Tourism Strategic, Brand Action, MainStreet and Creative District Master plans, and supporting the Santa Fe Regional Airport as a regional hub. (6)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 3 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
I rate the second higher only because I believe we will continue to see the challenge of companies at a certain point in their growth recruited out of Los Alamos, and our best defense against that is to maximize the "desirability" of staying (quality of life), which will be enhanced by the second.


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Create an environment to support LANL talent recruitment and retention efforts through expanded housing (for rent/purchase), amenities (retail, restaurants, entertainment), and community welcome and orientation sources/services. (5), Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (2), Improve and market hospitality offerings (ie. full service hotel and event space) to secure Los Alamos as host town for LANL and external high-tech science events. (2), Continue supporting LANL’s regional advocacy programs, including the Regional Coalition, the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Feynman Center for Innovation and talent recruitment. (1)

Name not shown inside EASTERN AREA March 14, 2019, 9:38 AM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (5), Provide finanical assistance for Affordable Housing by enhancing and expanding existing housing assistance programs. (5)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 1 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
The infrastructure of the county needs priority before any future development.
There is no need for the county to offer incentives to a developer, their business is to take the risk involved in developing a property.
The property maintenance ordinance as first enforced was overstepping in scope. Consideration should be given to the age, physical and financial state of the property owner. The county should encourage civic organizations to help out those in need.
Commercial properties that are left empty for over six months should be assessed a penalty per month until it is in use again. This should not only reduce the number of empty commercial buildings, as the owners would have an incentive to lower the rent, but give small businesses a better chance at succeeding.


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 2 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Housing, retail are addressed above. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, we have cultural activities too. Perhaps indoor activities would be a benefit but should be developed privately not by the county. We have been improving our schools physical structures and have good educational opportunities for a small town. If vacant commercial building owners lowered their rent there could be more small businesses which could provide more work options. I have not encountered any problems with cellular or broadband service other than when it is stormy. We have lovely tax supported transportation services available during the week that aren't used as much as they should be.


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (3), Target/grow retail and hospitality industries by implementing the County's Tourism Strategic, Brand Action, MainStreet and Creative District Master plans, and supporting the Santa Fe Regional Airport as a regional hub. (3)


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Create an environment to support LANL talent recruitment and retention efforts through expanded housing (for rent/purchase), amenities (retail, restaurants, entertainment), and community welcome and orientation sources/services. (3), Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (4), Continue supporting LANL’s regional advocacy programs, including the Regional Coalition, the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Feynman Center for Innovation and talent recruitment. (3)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 4 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
The current empty Smith's building owner should be encouraged to develop a food court with game centers - it has been empty for several years. This would allow a wider choice of fast food options for tourists and locals alike, provide diversity in entertainment, especially for the youth.

Name not shown inside NORTH COMMUNITY March 13, 2019, 10:57 PM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (3), Reinforce neighborhood beautification through continued support of the property maintenance ordinance, and the facilitation and funding of community-based programs. (4)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 1 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Our council and other leaders need to accept that Los Alamos has limited land and cannot grow population to the levels they believe is needed for the business growth they want to see. We need fewer realtors and developers on city council.


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 2 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Another qualify of life study? Could this county possibly conduct more studies? Apparently yes.
Item 2 started out sounding good until you throw in expanding housing and retail; excllude these from the other items and I give it 8 dots. See goal 1 re: housing and goal 3 re: retail. Additional LOCAL retail in EXISTING space is fine; we don't need to be backing and providing incentives for outside national developers to be building new retail spaces. To me, that is NEGATIVE to quality of life.


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (5)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 3 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Can I put negative dots here? I strongly oppose current council's belief that all business expansion is good. Current example: approval of Natural Grocers; this will almost certainly end in our current LOCAL coop failure. When that happens, how do you answer these questions? (A) what becomes of the incentives the county ponied-up for the co-op; (B) what happens to other investors in the co-op, including members like me; (C) what becomes of another vacant business space. We should be helping our local businesses succeed, not bring in further competition from national chains. I did not buy my retirement home here expecting to end up with just another town with Walmarts, Targets, Denny's, and more Starbucks, Good God!!!


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (3), Improve and market hospitality offerings (ie. full service hotel and event space) to secure Los Alamos as host town for LANL and external high-tech science events. (2), Continue supporting LANL’s regional advocacy programs, including the Regional Coalition, the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Feynman Center for Innovation and talent recruitment. (5)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 4 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Point 1 "amenities" - Again, stop with the belief more outside and national chain retail is better; I seldom find it necessary to leave the hill for my needs. Given the ease of modern travel, those that already do off-hill will continue to even if we have 4 more Starbucks and a Walmart. Could we get a council not made up of realtors and developers? Or at least get them making decisions on what's best for the town (and lab) rather than their personal interests?

Name not shown inside NORTH MESA March 13, 2019, 3:59 PM

Given the seven priorities you reviewed in the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan, what are the key areas that we should address first?
A few general and a few specific comments about the county's priorities:

Our town grew up around a weapons lab established during the WWII. The lab did not come to the town. The location was picked for a number of reason but one was that the area was isolated and off the beaten path. This in general does not make it convenient or desirable for many types of commercial activities.

Although the lab has grown to be much more than just a weapons lab, weapons work is still its raison d'être. In fact if it were not for the weapons work there would be no reason to have the Lab here. Most of the non-weapons work could be done far more cost effectively at universities and/or industrial labs and maybe even with better results.

Because of the high cost of security for the Lab and the fact that the town has shown a lack of appreciation – think, trying to make the town a sanctuary city or a destination town, forcing full GRT on nonprofit organizations, trying to bring in other commercial activities that will compete for housing and other resources, etc. - upper DOE management and/or congress might find it appropriate to close the Lab and move the work to a more hospitable and cost effective location. As facilities age and need to be upgraded and/or replaced plus the high operating costs, a case for moving the Lab can easily be made. Instead of thinking the Lab owes the town it might be advisable to try to please the funding agencies. This is not the same as the local Lab management although the two may have similar views.

The idea that this town needs more money is preposterous. If the county has a budget problem it is due to poor management and trying do do too many nonessential activities. Empires are being built and are eating up the resources. The empires are the main generators of the lists of new county needs/priorities. Of the proposed priorities only infrastructure improvements would seem to be an essential county activity. All others are either not needed or better provided by private agencies or market driven forces. Government agencies tend to be poor judges of what is needed beyond essential operating functions– infrastructure, providing fire and police protection, keeping a clean and safe environment and similar activities.

There is a general perception in some of the surrounding areas that this town is full of arrogant over paid pampered people. Building monstrous county facilities, recreational facilities and the like merely adds to to this view and creates envy and a dislike for the town. Providing even more services will only enhance and verify this point of view.

Although beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I think most people that live here would agree that the natural beauty of the area is outstanding and the climate is very good. In general traffic congestion is minimal, downtown parking is adequate, entertainment in the area is good and in general the town function OK. My fear is that with the consistent push for more development many of these qualities will be reduced. We have already seen some increase in crime and drug use. More development will add more congestion, more pollution and cause more stress.

Applying these general comments to the specific 2019 priorities follows:

1.Increasing the amount and types of housing options.
In general for most people housing takes the largest portion of a person's/family's income. It always seems to be too expensive. The cost of housing will adjust to the average income of the area and the median price is often near a factor of three times the average family income. The county should not dictate the type of housing that will be built. Let market forces determine that. It is the county's responsibility to provide appropriate zoning of available land, assure that building codes are followed and streamline the permitting process. The cost of housing in Los Alamos is not too high. In fact it is in line with the average income of the county. BTW the county does not need a housing czar.

2.Enhancing support and opportunities for the local business environment.
As in most cases the devil is in the details. If reducing red tape and streamlining permitting etc then fine but if it means encouraging more development then no. More development competes for resources that are better reserved for Lab development. BTW there are businesses in town that have survived and I hope have done well. Some that come to mind are CB Fox, Metzger's Hardware, Los Alamos Home Improvement, Knechts and many more. They do not seem to need the County's help to survive – just good business practices and the freedom to make their own decisions.

3. Addressing long-term building vacancies in our community
If the property that is being referred to is in private hands then it is their business what is done with it. If the property is in violation of a county code or presents a safety hazard then that should be addressed otherwise leave it alone. Property rights are one of the primary ingredients of a free society.

4. Protecting, maintaining and improving our open spaces, recreational, and cultural amenities.
First don't mess with the open spaces. The natural environment is one of the beauties of this area. Being able to access the surrounding forest is one of the easy, essentially zero cost treasures that the town has. In the past trail building and maintenance was often done by volunteers, Boy Scouts and the like. It provided good exercise, camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment. Maintaining our existing recreational facilities and keeping them clean and safe is also important. We do not need more facilities.

5. Supporting social services improvement
It is not apparent that this needs to be a county function. Depending on the actual need there are many services that are available through volunteer organizations, churches and medical facilities. In general county staff are not trained in these areas. If the county is going to hire the necessary personnel then it is probably better done by organizations specializing in these areas. Government organizations are usually not very efficient. Stay out of areas where other organizations do a better job.

6. Investing in infrastructure
Most certainly maintaining infrastructure and upgrading it when necessary is a needed function of the county. Maintaining roads, sidewalks and other public facilities has been lacking this year especially maintaining the roads and clearing snow from roads and public sidewalks. It is also important to keep public facilities and infrastructure clean and in a safe operating condition. This should be a county priority. It is not clear that the county needs more infrastructure. Again the county should not be building infrastructure or anything else that is not needed or that will not improve operating efficiency or help reduce stress when out and about.

7. Planning for appropriate levels of county services
The county should provide the essential services such as garbage and recycle pickup, operating the waste transfer station, efficient permitting and building inspection and similar services. Because Los Alamos also provides utilities these should be maintained and adequate service provided. This may fall under infrastructure. Other services if necessary should be provided by private organizations or businesses that can fill a need.

It should be remembered that people will often ask for far more than is essential for the county to provide. If they are willing to pay the full cost of the service then fine if not then it should not be provided at the expense of others. BTW this reminds me of the county bus system. It probably benefits a few but at what cost. I often see empty or near empty buses passing me as I bike. Has any data been collected to see how much it costs per passenger mile? Is the pollution produced more than what would be produced if people just drove themselves or better rode a bike or walked. Biking or walking also provides exercise which I think we all, especially younger people can use more of. It would seem that targeted routes and times to benefit the most with the least expense and pollution should be the goal. Smaller buses might also be appropriate. My guess it that some other factors are dictating bus size and routes. Otherwise there seems to be some poor planning going on. Is this an example of poor government performance? BTW mass transit usually works best in high density areas. Was this even considered before putting out the capitol expenditures? Also as a bicyclist I often notice the busses occupying part of the bike lane. Doesn't give me a comfortable feeling.

Too many of the county activities are feel good activities that do very little good and eat up resources that might be better used somewhere else or returned to the tax payers.

I am not expecting any “Likes” :-)


What creative solutions can you suggest to make progress on the seven priorities?
Over the years the county has proposed many many projects and asked for input but often it turns out the County Council and County Staff have already made up their mind as to what will take place. Opinions/suggestions that don't fit the already ordained outcome are ignored. This has turned off many of us who have the opinion that the Government that governs least, governs best. This is seldom the County's MO. I am saying this because it seems that the county has already decided to go forward with the seven priorities and is just asking how to do it. Some of us maybe only a few or maybe many would like to see most of the seven dropped. Don't do them!


What other suggested priorities would you add to the list as we move forward?
NONE

Andrew Fraser inside BARRANCA MESA March 12, 2019, 9:28 PM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Define housing demand through conduct of a new housing study. (2), Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (5), Produce quality housing to meet demand via assembling properties, creating incentives and soliciting residential developers. (3)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 1 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
I suggest supporting development more than letting the County get into the business. We should have quantitative estimates of demand, but not let a focus on studies take emphasis away from action.


Goal 2. Define and address quality of life priorities.
Support development of outreach programs that support the needs of existing, new and prospective residents, including expanded housing, retail, recreation, education & work options, and improved cellular, broadband & transportation services. (10)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 2 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
While I have not given points to the comprehensive survey, I recommend a study to estimate the "monopoly profit" (see wikipedia page) that residents of the county are losing to monopoly cellular and broadband providers.


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (8), Target/grow retail and hospitality industries by implementing the County's Tourism Strategic, Brand Action, MainStreet and Creative District Master plans, and supporting the Santa Fe Regional Airport as a regional hub. (2)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 3 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
I have put the emphasis on high-tech industry. I want the hospitality industry to support our brand as a scientific center. The key to our economic vitality is to continue drawing highly educated talented people to Los Alamos. A separate, complementary economy would make it easier to recruit such talent.


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (5), Improve and market hospitality offerings (ie. full service hotel and event space) to secure Los Alamos as host town for LANL and external high-tech science events. (5)


Do you have additional comments you would like to offer about Goal 4 and your rankings - or other activities that the County should consider?
Some of the folks at LANL who organize meetings/conferences would hold them in Los Alamos if there were facilities here. We should have such facilities so that the scientists who come to our meetings think and speak of Los Alamos rather than Santa Fe or Albuquerque as a place for exciting science. Building our scientific and technical reputation, and becoming known for exciting career opportunities will be key to supporting LANL in drawing talent.

Name not shown inside QUEMAZON March 9, 2019, 6:49 PM

Goal 1. Increase the availability of housing in the County, both affordable and market rate.
Identify and assess developable properties, including processes, tools and funding to prepare vacant or blighted properties for residential re-development. (3), Produce quality housing to meet demand via assembling properties, creating incentives and soliciting residential developers. (3), Reinforce neighborhood beautification through continued support of the property maintenance ordinance, and the facilitation and funding of community-based programs. (3)


Goal 2. Define and address quality of life priorities.
Support development of outreach programs that support the needs of existing, new and prospective residents, including expanded housing, retail, recreation, education & work options, and improved cellular, broadband & transportation services. (5)


Goal 3. Grow a separate, complementary economy to LANL.
Target/grow high-tech industry through partnerships to leverage grant funding opportunities, improve cellular and broadband infastructure and expand entrepreneurial services. (5)


Goal 4. Support and retain LANL as the area's best wealth-producing employer.
Create an environment to support LANL talent recruitment and retention efforts through expanded housing (for rent/purchase), amenities (retail, restaurants, entertainment), and community welcome and orientation sources/services. (6), Consider methods to diversify the economy that also support the Lab's mission by promoting local vendors to provide LANL and community products and services, supporting the Lab's efforts and success in recruiting and producing talent and businesses. (3), Improve and market hospitality offerings (ie. full service hotel and event space) to secure Los Alamos as host town for LANL and external high-tech science events. (1)