Council gets business development update

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By Jennifer Garcia

Economic development has been in the spotlight the past few years. Not only is the county interested in bringing businesses to the Atomic City, but so is the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corp.

During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, LACDC Director Kevin Holsapple and Business Development Director Patrick Sullivan, gave council a presentation on the LACDC Business Development contract.

Los Alamos National Bank Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe was also present and spoke to council as well.

The business development contact process began in June 2008 when the LACDC responded to a county RFP.

In September 2008, the current contract was awarded in the amount of $320,000 (an increase from $164,000 in prior contracts due to the addition of the proactive recruitment initiative).

According to a slideshow, the contract funds approximately 2.1 FTEs plus associated expenses; $105,000 of the contract amount is reserved for cost reimbursement only; $60,000 is reserved for consultant expenses related to proactive recruitment activity; $25,000 is reserved for expenses related to Main Street promotion activities; $20,000 is reserved for county directed projects.

The scope of work for the contact is as follows:

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