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. We partner with regional economic development organizations and business service providers throughout New Mexico, and provide funding and free-of-charge scientific and technical resources for New Mexico businesses.

    One of the Laboratory’s initiatives, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program 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.

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    *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 2020 data.
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    Through the NMSBA program Laboratory researchers helped Navajo-owned, veteran-owned business Tosidoh investigate the geothermal resources and the aquifer below Tohatchi, NM as part of the company’s plans to create a long-term food-water-energy nexus on the Navajo Nation, stimulating the local economy while helping New Mexico transition to a carbon-free energy portfolio.


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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:

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    *Other includes Insulators, Roofers, Masons


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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.

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    *Not including contractors. Other NM: San Miguel, Eddy, Valencia, Dona Ana, Mora, McKinley, San Juan, Socorro, Torrance, Cibola, Lee, Sierra, Chaves, Colfax, Guadalupe, Luna, Otero, Lincoln

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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.

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    Procurement from New Mexico small businesses by category

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    *Ohkay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Acoma.
    A single small business can qualify for more than one category.
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    Overall procurement from small businesses by category

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    A single small business can qualify for more than one category.

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    *The data in this report have been derived from the Laboratory’s financial systems for payments made in fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021), unless otherwise noted. LA-UR-22-20377