Economic vitality looms brighter

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Council approves Economic Vitality Strategic Plan

By Carol A. Clark

A plan to set the town on a course toward affordable housing, retail expansion, beautification, laboratory collaboration and more was approved by Los Alamos County Council Monday evening.

Following some two hours of discussion and public comment, councilors approved 7-0 an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan Monday evening.

The approved plan takes into consideration input received from the public from Jan. 21 through Feb. 24. During this time, the county held two public meetings in White Rock and received 35 e-mails from residents stating their preferences for managed access of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said, adding that the Mainstreet Futures Committee and the members of Leadership Los Alamos also weighed in on the plan.

“As we move forward in our economic development within the county this will be used as a road map,” Council Chair Mike Wismer said.

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has been involved in the development of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan and briefed the council on its four key goals.

The first goal is supporting and sustaining Los Alamos National Laboratory and there’s a number of ways the community can help, he said.

The second goal is to diversify the economic base.

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