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Tourism Task Force member Clay Moseley said Los Alamos must want to promote itself, and capitalize on opportunities to do so.
Tourism group mulls move of Los Alamos Visitors Center

The newly-formed Tourism Implementation Task Force wasted no time Wednesday picking out its first project – relocating the Los Alamos Visitors Center from it’s present location, the Central Park Square Shopping Center.

The relocation of the visitors center will ultimately be up to Los Alamos County Council, but it will be the task force’s job to present the council with a scope of options and locations.

Acting Chairwoman Linda Matteson said Design Workshop, the consultancy the county had worked with to revamp its tourism and economic development program, strongly suggested relocating the center.

“Almost from day one, they said that’s not a good spot,” Matteson told the commission. “It’s a perfectly lovely building, a perfectly lovely space, but they said it was in a place where people don’t expect to see a visitor’s center.”

The members of the task force agreed to put the project on the next meeting’s agenda, which will be at noon June 5 in Room 330 of the County Municipal Building.

Task force member and Los Alamos History Museum Executive Director Heather McClenahan thought the visitors center should be graded on such factors as visibility, accessibility and parking.

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