County Council Work Session Targets Economic Development Planning and Budgeting

The Los Alamos County Council met for an Economic Development Planning and Budgeting work session at noon Friday at the White Rock Fire Station. The session allowed council to review, discuss, and provide input on the priority recommendations of staff to most effectively utilize the Economic Development Fund. From left, Councilors Fran Berting, Steven Girrens, Rick Reiss, Kirstin Henderson, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County staff gave a presentation on Economic Development Division goals and target actions, as well as an update of the projects and programs accomplished since the summer of 2012, and the future accomplishments that have been funded and are in progress. From left, Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent, Housing Mananger Paul Andrus, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers listens as Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent discusses local housing issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Councilor Steven Girrens explains to County staff that more remains to be discussed on economic development and budget planning and requested that the topic be placed on an upcoming council agenda. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Councilor Kristin Henderson at Friday’s work session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

County Administrator Harry Burgess and Councilor Fran Berting at Friday’s work session in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz questions Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher at Friday’s work session. During the past 17 months, the County has taken significant steps to address its capacity issues-aging infrastructure, housing and population-coordinating policy and actions across many departments and partnering organizations. The four goals of the County’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (support LANL, diversify economy, increase quality of life, and improve housing) and 25 specific actions under these goals are the driving factors in County economic development progress. To date, 10 of the 25 specific actions have been achieved, and another seven actions are in process. It is anticipated that the plan will be reviewed again in 2015. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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