LANL Major Subcontractor’s Consortium News:
The executive board of the LANL Major Subcontractor’s Consortium (MSC) has voted to dissolve the organization effective Sept. 30, 2020 due to the changing business climate and a shift in regional community investment requirements from laboratory subcontractors.
Founded in 2004, the MSC is made up of 30+ major subcontractors to Los Alamos National Laboratory that pooled economic development investments to diversify the regional economy and reduce its dependency of federal dollars. The focus of the organization has been to improve economic outcomes through grant making and other related activities.
“Since 2004, the MSC has made a positive difference to the region with their work to provide diverse economic opportunities. Laboratory subcontractors have supported Northern New Mexico for years—providing jobs, growing the economy, and engaging in philanthropic efforts—and they will continue to do so,” said Kathy Keith, director of the Community Partnerships Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Triad and the Laboratory itself remain committed to improving quality of life in the region, with a particular focus on education, economic and workforce development, and support for nonprofits.”
“New Mexico is the proud home of federal research laboratories and scientists that contribute to our national security and technological innovation—and the LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium has helped communities in northern New Mexico connect to federal resources,” Sen. Tom Udall said. “The Consortium, has helped coordinate the impact of businesses serving LANL to contribute millions of dollars to local economies throughout the state. I want to add my voice to the organizations, businesses and local governments thanking the dedicated staff at LANL MSC for bridging the resources of LANL with the vast potential of businesses, workers and communities in northern New Mexico.”
Over the years LANL has been a major sponsor of the MSC helping it meet its mission by providing it with financial and other critical support. In the past 10 years the MSC has funded 53 projects, granting over $675,000 to economic development non-profits such as ReUnity Resources, Española Fiber Arts and The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute that provide much needed economic development services. Additionally, subcontractors collectively invested more than $4 million in education and community giving in the seven-county region.
“We are very proud of the positive impacts we have made throughout the region and are grateful for the many partnerships and friendships that we have developed over the years,” LANL MSC President Graig Newell said. “It was a good run.”