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RDC supports the ecology of business

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By Katy Korkos

Los Alamos County’s contract with the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) is structured to accomplish more than the creation of a plan for regional development. Under the guidance of Ed Burckle, the RDC will begin to develop an “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” where businesses can take root and thrive.The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) is currently underway. The county has a contract for $250,000 with the RDC to create and begin to implement a long-term economic development plan for the area, which reaches from Taos to Santa Fe.Burckle’s team, led by program manager Monica Abeita, is in the process of talking with all of the groups who have an interest in growing northern New Mexico’s economic base: county and city governments, Los Alamos National Laboratory officials, school superintendents and principals, university/ community college officials and educators, business owners, tribal councils, and additional individuals.“We want to leverage the ongoing economic development projects that have been started by other entities,” Burckle said. “Clearly, I don’t want to anticipate what the results might be, but we are hearing some common themes.