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LACDC Hires New Executive Director

on March 19, 2013 - 1:36pm

New LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall


The Board of Directors of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced today the hiring of Scott Randall as the Executive Director of LACDC effective April 1.

Randall will succeed Kevin Holsapple who announced last November that he would be stepping down from the Executive Director position effective in April.

“We were very pleased with the candidate pool,” said Board member Bill Wadt who led the search team. “We received 15 applications in response to what was a local and national search.


Letter to the Editor: Why Los Alamos Needs a Full Indust-Tech Incubator

on March 19, 2013 - 7:00am
By Bill Sellers
VP, Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network

On its way to the Governor's office for a signature is freshman Carl Trujillo's bill #401a, which stipulates an incentive for the State Investment Council to deliberately seek out and invest in [NM-based] companies arising from the technology transfer efforts of our national labs.

I might note Trujillo is from Santa Fe County, where there is an already existing incubator, and an effective support network for start-up incubation.
They are focused, not diluting their efforts trying to be jacks-of-all trades, like other commerce

Local Hotel Event Center Project Canceled

on March 18, 2013 - 2:49pm


Los Alamos County has canceled the hotel event center project for now.

PLACE, a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities had been working with the Los Alamos community on a catalytic vision to anchor their new Creative District.

The community's vision was for PLACE to develop a live/work community for creatives (artists, inventors, technologists, scientists and artisan/makers.)

Also included would be a boutique hotel event center, creative commercial and retail space, a restaurant bar with nightlife and new homes for people of all incomes.

Unfortunately, a series of

Los Alamos Chamber Member Benefits Revealed

on March 18, 2013 - 2:20pm


Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos Business Assistance Services is offering a free seminar titled, "Los Alamos Chamber Member Benefits Seminar" 12:30–1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Small Business Center Conference Room, 190 Central Park Square. 

The seminar is free, but pre-registration is requested at or by calling Melanie at 661-4807. 

Chamber membership has so many benefits that it's impossible to get familiar with all of them in a brief orientation.

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will be providing a great


Business Owners Express Ideas at Branding Meeting ... Video Included

on March 17, 2013 - 10:17am

Community Brand Supervisor Adam Winstead of North Star Destination Strategies asks for input from local business owners gathered Tuesday at the Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill owners, staff and others turned out for Tuesday's Branding Meeting at the Community Building. From left, owners Dorota Listwan and Pawel Listwan, head bartender and outdoor enthusiast Justin Ramsey, Valles Caldera Special Events Coordinator Emily Blumenthal and owner Patrick Mockler-Wood discuss branding issues with North Star Destination Strategies representatives.

Businesses Exhibit Services at Marketing and Promotions Fair

on March 15, 2013 - 11:59am

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Promotions Fair/FAN (Food and Networking) Club get-together drew vendors and community members to the Reel Deal Theater Wednesday evening. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber

Money IQ: Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

on March 13, 2013 - 12:29pm
Money IQ

Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

Banks large and small are looking to increase their lending activities as the economy continues to show signs of improvement. 

At the beginning of the economic downturn a lot of financial institutions slowed or halted lending, especially for commercial real estate related loans. 

Since this time, many banks have changed their lending appetite and are now more diversified in their product offerings. 

Commercial real estate, development loans and other real estate secured loans, once a common staple of community