LANL MSC Consortium Honors Donors

From left, LANL Deputy Director Rich Kacich, Executive Director Dave Lyons and MSC President Joseph Sanchez recognized MSC Grant Pool donors during the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, RDC Executive Director Val Alonzo, Executive Director Dave Lyons and CPO Director Kathy Keith at the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

SANTA FE – The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC hosted the Third Annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe.

LANL Deputy Director Rich Kacich and Executive Director Dave Lyons, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Española Mayor Alice Lucero were among the invited guests gathered to celebrate the positive economic impact local investments have made to the Northern New Mexico regional economy.

This event honors top donors to the MSC grant pool in which local subcontractors and large subs donate every year. The grant pool funds projects going on at northern New Mexico non-profits. LANL leadership attends this event to thank the subcontractors for their efforts.

Contributing to the MSC Grant Pool is one way MSC members support economic development initiatives in Northern New Mexico. Types of projects and initiatives funded by the Grant Pool include small business incubators, formalized cluster groups or cluster associations, small business technical assistance providers, micro-lenders and commercial kitchens.

Between 2006 and 2015, the Grant Pool has awarded 42 separate grants to 18 different organizations totaling more than $528,000. Grant applications are currently accepted once every year and checks presented at an annual gala event.

The mission of the MSC focuses on positively impacting the overall success of the Northern New Mexico region by:

  • Investing in programs and projects focused on the growth and diversification of the regional economy;
  • Reporting on issues that impact the success of the region; and
  • Connecting with regional and national business and community leaders, providing discussion forums and networking opportunities.

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) is comprised of many of the businesses that hold a contract with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) valued at $5 million or more.

The MSC focuses on leveraging its combined charitable giving and business skills to support education, economic development, and community giving throughout Northern New Mexico. Between 2009 and 2015, investments in these initiatives by MSC subcontractors exceeded $4 million.

Collectively, all major LANL subcontractors employ approximately 2,000 Northern New Mexicans with an estimated annual payroll in excess of $110 million.

Picuris Pueblo – Charcoal Project, Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute and Española Valley Fiber Arts Center are 2015 MSC Grant Pool Awardees being considered for a second year of funding in 2016.

Donors honored at this year’s event:

Platinum Sponsors

  • Los Alamos National Security
  • TerranearPMC
  • Technology Integration Group
  • CNSI
  • Centerra
  • Los Alamos National Bank

Gold Sponsors

  • Cray
  • Gem-eXcel
  • Edgewater Technical associates
  • Weidlinger Navarro
  • Cyber Media Technologies
  • Frank’s Supply

Silver Sponsors

  • Sigma Science
  • ABBA Technologies
  • Wildflower International
  • Hacienda Home Center
  • Government Scientific Source
  • Compa

From left, LANL Executive Director Dave Lyons, honoree LANB CEO John Gulas and MSC President Joseph Sanchez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, LANL Executive Director Dave Lyons, honoree Compa owner Edna Lopez and MSC President Joseph Sanchez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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