Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee Visits Northern New Mexico

Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith provides an overview of the Los Alamos Smart Grid and Smart House collaboration to the members of the Rural Action Caucus. Photo by Sharon Stover
 
Rural Action Caucus members learn about the unique history of Los Alamos from the ancient pueblos to the atomic age during the Los Alamos Historic Society Walking Tour. Photo by Sharon Stover
 
By SHARON STOVER
Los Alamos County Clerk

More than 50 elected officials from around the nation attended the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Steering Committee meeting in Santa Fe, Oct. 10-12.

The Rural Action Caucus is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties and focuses on rural infrastructure and economic development. The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) hosted the informational meetings, which included presentations on regional state water compacts, cultural assets, New Market Tax Credits, collateral support programs, and a strategy session.

Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith provides an overview of the Los Alamos Smart Grid and Smart House collaboration. Photo by Sharon Stover

NMAC and Los Alamos County collaborated on a special tour for participants Saturday. RAC members visited the Los Alamos Smart Grid and Smart House where Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and Public Information Officer Julie Williams provided an overview of the collaborative research project. As elected officials, many of the participants were particularly interested in energy efficient developments that could be replicated in rural communities.

Rural Action Caucus members learn about the unique history of Los Alamos. Photo by Sharon Stover

Following the Smart House visit, the members took part in a historic walking tour highlighting the early development of Los Alamos. Los Alamos Historic Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan and Buffalo Tours guide Georgia Strickfaden shared the rich history of the community from ancient civilization to the Manhattan Project.

The event came to a close with a farewell luncheon at Rancho de Chimayo and a visit to the Santuario de Chimayo Mission Church.

Rural Action Caucus members enjoyed a farewell luncheon at the historic Rancho de Chimayo restaurant north of Santa Fe. Photo by Sharon Stover

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