Los Alamos National Laboratory positively impacts region’s economy in 2017

Economic development initiatives helped to create or retain 1,700 jobs at NM companies

January 12, 2018

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Los Alamos National Laboratory’s efforts to stimulate new business growth, strengthen existing companies, create jobs and contribute to a diverse economy in northern New Mexico’s communities saw notable progress across the board in 2017.

“The role that Los Alamos plays in the region’s economy is significant—and one that is critically important to both growing the local workforce and developing the cutting-edge technologies that support the work we do,” said Laboratory Director Terry Wallace. “Our contribution can be felt throughout the region, not only in the number of people we employ, but through our programs that directly infuse dollars into locally owned businesses.”

As examples, he cited the Venture Acceleration Fund, which has awarded $4.2 million in grants to northern New Mexico entrepreneurs since its inception in 2006, and the Native American Venture Acceleration Fund, which has awarded another $330,000 to Native-owned businesses in the region since 2011. “Our legacy of supporting home-grown businesses and spurring the local economy is something we’re exceedingly proud of and is an integral part of our culture.”

Economic impact statistics

  • In 2017, the Laboratory’s economic development initiativeshelped to create or retain 1,700 jobs at New Mexico companies with salaries totaling more than $64.3 million.
  • Los Alamos worked on281 economic development projects with New Mexico small businesses in 2017.  
  • Out of more than $685 million ingoods and services procured by the Laboratory in 2017, 46 percent (more than $317 million) went to New Mexico businesses. That is a slight increase over 2016, when the Lab awarded 44 percent of subcontracted goods and services to state businesses.
  • The number ofcontracts awarded to New Mexico small businesses in 2017 totaled $262 million—about the same as the previous year, but with increases in contracts to women-owned businesses (14.5 percent in 2017 vs. 13 percent in 2016) and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (2.1 percent in 2017 vs. 0.8 percent in 2016).
  • The Laboratoryemployed 11,083 people—41 percent of whom are native New Mexicans—compared to 10,904 people in 2016. Forty-three percent of the workforce lives in Los Alamos County; while the majority live in surrounding communities.

For more information and figures, see the Economic Impact on New Mexico web site.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.