Burgess Covers 2014 Highlights At Chamber Breakfast

County Manager Harry Burgess
 
By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Chamber of Commerce Manager

County Manager Harry Burgess unveiled the print and online “Los Alamos County 2014 Annual Report” and presented the highlights of County activity in 2014 at Thursday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. About two dozen people attended the Chamber’s regular monthly networking and business event.

Burgess kicked off his discussion of the year with the July ribbon cutting for Smith’s Marketplace, noting the views from its deck. He also touched on the financially beneficial land deal with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the County and the Los Alamos School District, which made it possible for Smith’s to develop the land.

In a lighthearted but professional manner, the County manager explained to the business owners present about the road construction on Central Avenue. He noted that the County generally has to rebuild Central Avenue about every seven years, and then joked that he is set to retire in seven or eight years and the County will not be touching the road again before then.

Construction activities were featured in Burgess’ presentation including the road improvements in Western area, HVAC improvements at the Aquatic Center, new Golf Course facility, Nature Center, White Rock Library and Teen Center remodeling. The ongoing effort to improve Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, efforts to bring in fiber communication lines, and the recently canceled commercial airline service were the few unresolved County projects Burgess touched upon.

Although they are upcoming projects rather than 2014 highlights, Burgess also mentioned the planned construction of a Del Norte Credit Union facility at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, and potential housing developments on the 60-acre A-19-a parcel along N.M. 4 extending from the White Rock Visitors Center to Pajarito Road. He stated the County has been negotiating with developers on the projects and details are yet to be finalized.

Looking further to the future, he built upon the opportunities presented by the recently legislated Manhattan Project National Heritage Park and Valles Caldera National Park. Burgess commented the parks could potentially double or triple the number of tourists coming to Los Alamos and change many things for the town in the years to come.

The Chamber of Commerce holds monthly business breakfast meetings at UNM-Los Alamos. On Thursday, Feb. 19, the business breakfast will include a panel discussion on customer service. On Thursday, March 19, there will be a panel discussion on the Economic Outlook for Los Alamos. The breakfasts take place at 7:30 a.m. and tickets are $15.

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