Economic vitality chief hired

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Plan is to develop the vitalities of the local economy

By Carol A. Clark

Scott Frederick has been selected to fill the county’s new economic vitality administrator position. Frederick has more than 20 years experience in the field with both rural and metropolitan markets. He began his new job April 19.  

Frederick moved to Los Alamos from Midlothian, Va., where he served as director of economic development for Economic Development Trade Strategies, in McLean, Va.

Prior to this, he worked for the Greater Houston Partnership, in Houston, Texas, the Fuquay-Varina Economic Development Commission in Wake County, N.C. and other similar agencies.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to represent a globally recognized scientific community,” Frederick said. “My experience and my professional strengths are dedicated to developing the vitalities of a community’s economy and my goal is to do that for Los Alamos County.”

Tony Mortillaro created Frederick’s position after the Los Alamos County Council appointed him county administrator following Max Baker’s retirement Oct. 21. In November, following his month-long review of county departments and their relationship to his office, Mortillaro announced organizational changes to several management positions, including the new economic vitality administrator post.

Mortillaro explained the reasons that contributed to Frederick being selected for the job.

“Scott was selected over other candidates that we interviewed due to his years and variety of work experiences and the results that he achieved,” Mortillaro said. “These attributes lined up well with the direction that is enumerated in the county’s adopted Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.”

Mortillaro said in November that he wanted to strengthen the focus on one of the county council’s top goals “to Diversify the Economy and Revitalize our Downtown.”

He explained that his new organization did not impact county budgets. Under the county’s realignment, Mortillaro’s former position of assistant county administrator was not be filled. 

The economic vitality administrator position, which pays $93,000, is intended to fill the “urgent need” for staff to focus exclusively on economic development, which was a large portion of his time as assistant county administrator during the last five years, Mortillaro explained in November.

As economic vitality administrator, Frederick will serve as a key member of the county administrator’s strategic development team, with direct responsibility for implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP).

The EVSP details the operating initiatives that the county will need to strengthen its economic base, attract and retain businesses and effectively market the county for economic sustainability and long-term vitality.

Beyond carrying out the EVSP, Mortillaro said the new economic vitality administrator will have oversight of the county’s business development contractor, the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, development and redevelopment initiatives, continued implementation of the county’s economic development loan program, business activities relating to current and future DOE land transfers and the Regional Economic Development Initiative that was initiated through the “Progress through Partnering” program. 

Mortillaro expressed his confidence that the new position is sorely needed in moving economic development plans to the forefront of county government and becoming much more active in working with Northern New Mexico.

Frederick graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970-1976. Frederick and his wife Judy have been married for 29 years. They have two children, Hunter, 25, who is a lawyer in Charlotte, N.C. and Taylor, 19, a freshman in college.

The couple has an 8-year-old West Highland Terrier named Murphy.

Mortillaro has invited the community to a “welcome” reception for Frederick from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., May 12 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Light refreshments will be served.