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Chamber surveys subcontractors

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By Tris DeRoma

Sure, the Los Alamos National Laboratory just may be the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to the town’s economy.

However, officials with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are saying the picture is more complicated when it comes to a very important segment of the economy, subcontractors who have a major share of business with LANL.

A few weeks ago, during a forum hosted by the LACC, LANL announced that due to the economy and other forces beyond its control, it will be asking its subcontractors to share more of the overhead costs.

To many subcontractors attending the forum, it sounded like a death knell for not only them, but the Los Alamos economy as well, since the effect would surely be felt throughout the town’s small business economy that in turn relies on the subcontractors to support local businesses.

However, a recent survey of subcontractors taken by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce shows a more complicated picture, one that may hold a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. 

According to Kevin Holsapple, the executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation/Chamber of Commerce, the chamber takes these surveys annually, just to get a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the local economy and to see what the organization might do to assist. 


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