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Los Alamos showcases business community for legislative reception

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE — Los Alamos presented a strong presence at the annual Legislative Reception in the El Dorado Hotel & Spa Monday evening. From their booth, Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce/Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and his staff touted the attributes of Los Alamos and its businesses to hundreds of attendees.“We tend to approach this event on two levels,” Holsapple said. “One is in more of a general sense where we talk to business people from a visitation and tourism standpoint, promoting the community and describing why they should come here. The other is in establishing relationships with legislators. We discuss things like our workforce as well as Los Alamos-centric issues in terms of getting funding for local projects.”Longtime Los Alamos Rep. Jeannette Wallace spent time at the Los Alamos booth talking with Holsapple. “I’m here to support my Chamber of Commerce,” she said.The event affords business people and chamber representatives from across the state the opportunity to meet and talk with each other and with legislators and state officials.“We encourage chamber members and MainStreet business owners to come and take advantage of the opportunity to lobby their legislators and market their businesses,” said Project Assistant Claire Roybal of the LACDC.All of the New Mexico chambers of commerce, the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and others participate by sponsoring booths. Attendees have the opportunity to:• meet business people from around the state;• meet the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators;• advance New Mexico business interests and promote their communities; and• enjoy hors d’oeuvres from some of the best Santa Fe restaurants.During Monday’s event the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce distributed its new relocation guide, which complements its visitor’s guide. “Claire will be getting the guide out to area Realtors and HR departments to give people considering relocating here a nice quality orientation of the community,” Holsapple said. The relocation guide can be accessed at www.relocate.losalamos.com. The visitors guide is geared for tourists and can be found at www.visit.losalamos.com.When asking people what they are most interested in regarding Los Alamos, Holsapple said the majority expressed concern about the financial condition of Los Alamos National Laboratory.“This gives us the opportunity to deliver the message that the lab layoffs are now resolved and things are on the upswing,” Holsapple said.Another opportunity to promote Los Alamos takes place during Small Business Day at the Legislature Feb. 8. Booths will be set up in the capitol rotunda and each community around the state with a Small Business Development Center will have a select client who will be recognized during the event.“We’re also hosting the chambers’ business executives development meeting here in April. This is a way to get hotel rooms filled and boost other businesses,” Holsapple said.