Forum Targets Business and Economic Issues

Los Alamos County Council candidates participated in Thursday’s Chamber/Monitor forum that focused on business and economic issues. Monitor Publisher Keven Todd moderated the event and LACDC/Chamber Board Member Stan Primak and Monitor Editor John Severance questioned the candidates. Photo by Kevin Holsapple


The six candidates running for three seats on the Los Alamos County Council participated in Thursday’s Chamber/Monitor forum focused on business and economic issues. The event was held at UNM-Los Alamos.

“The candidates collectively did a very good job of considering and responding to the questions,” said Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. “I would look forward to working with any of them on making improvements to the business environment and in working to implement the County’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP.) We are always looking for opportunities to work together for mutual benefit in our relationship with County government and we would hope to have a County Council that sees it the same way.”

Each of the six candidates responded to the following four questions during the forum:

  • What does the concept of “business friendliness” mean to you? The Chamber has made this issue a part of our candidate forums since 2010. Do you see a clear example of the County becoming more business friendly since then? Are there any “business friendliness” initiatives that you would champion?
  • What does the concept of “public-private partnership” mean to you? What do you think are good examples of how such a partnership should work? Why?
  • What project opportunities or initiatives do you think hold the greatest promise of helping to implement the goals of the County’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan? Explain why.
  • These are particularly difficult times for many businesses in the community. The general economic situation in the world, changing business models with respect to the internet and consumer shopping preferences, and pressures on LANL budgets and projects are all having an effect on local businesses whether they be retailers, professional & technical services companies, hospitality businesses, service providers of all types, or non-profits. What can and should the County government be working on to be supportive of our businesses in this difficult environment?

Early voting in Los Alamos County is underway 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue and at White Rock Fire Station 3. Early voting is underway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the County Clerk’s Office across the parking lot from the Police Station.


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