Economic Development

Developing new business, strengthening existing companies, contributing to a diverse economy

The Laboratory invests and partners in economic development initiatives and programs that help stimulate business growth, create jobs, and strengthen our communities. 

1 Projects With Nm Small Business@2x

One of the Laboratory’s initiatives, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program (NMSBA) assists for-profit businesses in New Mexico with access to subject matter experts and cutting-edge technologies at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories to solve technical challenges.

2 Tax Credit@2x
 *Surveys, conducted by a third-party contractor, were performed with participating clients in each program six months to one year after project completion. This information is based on CY 2022 data.
Mercury Bio 1
Through the NMSBA program Laboratory researchers helped Santa Fe-based Mercury Bio understand how silencing RNA (siRNA) could treat human diseases. The company is continuing to work with the Laboratory in a Technology Readiness Initiative project.


Economic Development

Patrick Duran | (505) 989-6908 | Economic and Workforce Development at LANL

Technology Engagement & Entrepreneurship

Mariann Johnston | (505) 667-4391 | Email | Feynman Center

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Workforce Development

Investing to develop local talent for the Laboratory and the region

A skilled workforce is crucial to the future of the Laboratory and Northern New Mexico. The Laboratory is working with education, business and government partners to ensure the projected workforce needs for the Laboratory and the region are met — strengthening the local economy.

New pipeline programs address critical skills for a growing workforce:

  • The Laboratory has three formal partnerships in place with regional colleges for workforce development pipeline programs.

  • In partnership with NNSA, the Laboratory also provided funding for additional workforce development programs at 11 regional colleges in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

  • New agreement between LANL and Northern New Mexico College under the Department of Energy’s Mentor Protégé Program builds capacity for the college and supports workforce development in IT and cybersecurity areas.

3 Union Employees@2x
4 Union Employees Data@2x
*Other includes Insulators, Roofers, Masons


Workforce Development

Rebecca Estrada | (505) 989-6908 | Workforce Development at LANL


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Providing solutions to the most pressing issues facing the nation

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a workplace that attracts, inspires, and develops world-class talent to ensure a vital future workplace. Diversity fuels our innovative, agile, and principled workforce which is essential to solving problems of global importance.

5 Total Employees@2x
6 Total Employees Data@2x
Not including contractors. *Other NM: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, San Juan, San Miguel, Socorro, Sierra, Torrance, and Valencia
7 Total Employees Nm Stats@2x


8 Salary Counties@2x


Community Partnerships Office

Kathy Keith | (505) 989-6908 | Email | Community at LANL


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Small Business Procurement

Purchasing quality products and services from small businesses while ensuring that the needs of the Laboratory and its customers are met.

Payments made to suppliers as a result of Laboratory procurements help drive economic growth in New Mexico and the nation. The staff in our Small Business Program and procurement personnel work closely with small businesses to learn about the goods and services available to the Laboratory and inform them about subcontracting requirements and opportunities.

9 Procurement Stats@2x

Procurement from New Mexico small business by category

10 Nm Small Business Data@2x
* Ohkay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Acoma. A single small business can quality for more than one category.
11 Nm Goods and Services@2x

Overall procurement from small businesses by category

12 Us Small Business@2x


Small Business Program

Yvonne Gonzales | (505) 667-4419 | Email | Business at LANL

*The data in this report have been derived from the Laboratory’s financial systems for payments made in fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023), unless otherwise noted. ROSY ID #64B63F52