Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess talked about economic development in his annual State of the County address Thursday to members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
Burgess took his remarks from the Los Alamos County 2016 Annual Report, which is available online at the county’s website.
Some of the topics covered included tourism, quality of life and regional projects.
First on his list was the county’s collaboration with the National Park Service to help get the Manhattan Project Historical Park off the ground. One of the things the county did to make the park more accessible was give space to the NPS for the park’s visitor center at 475 20th Street.
The move allowed the park to start growing a base in Los Alamos, where visitors could orientate themselves to the park and what it has to offer.
The county also worked with the NPS to ensure the Los Alamos part of the park was compatible to its other locations in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington.
“Over the cycle of that year, the park service has made great strides to make it a more permanent facility,” Burgess said. “They are taking baby steps to get to the point where the unit is in place not only here but in our sister cities as well.”