Rio Arriba Regional Leadership Summit



 Rio Arriba County Officials Meet with Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Regional Officials

October 8, 2014


Espanola—Today Rio Arriba County Commissioners and Administrators met with LANL Director Charles McMillian, Ph.D to discuss the relationship between the entities. “The meeting was about creating and encouraging collaboration between the Lab and County, this includes job creation, hiring more locals to mid and senior level positions, and providing incentives for locally based firms” said Tomas Campos, Rio Arriba County Manager.

Immediately following the meeting Rio Arriba County hosted a Leadership Summit, moderated by Chris Madrid, Economic Development Director for Rio Arriba County. Attendees included Dr. McMillian, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Barney Trujillo Rio Arriba County Commissioner, District 1, Alfredo Montoya Rio Arriba County Commissioner, District 2, Tomas Capos, Rio Arriba County Manager, David Trujillo, Deputy Rio Arriba County Manager, leaders from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Governor Michael Chavarria of Santa Clara Pueblo, Dr. Rusty Barcelo, President of Northern New Mexico College, Dr. Danny Trujillo, Superintendent of the Espanola Public Schools, Rosa Martinez, Executive Director of the Chama Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Keith of North Central Economic Development Cooperation, Susan Herrera of the LANL Foundation, Liddie Martinez of the LANL Foundation, Roger Montoya of Siete del Norte, Brenda Romero of Presbyterian Hospital, Espanola, Mayor Alice Lucero of the City of Espanola, State Senator Carlos Cisneros, State Representative Carl Trujillo, State Representative Nick Salazar, and NNMC Regent Alfred Herrera. The group discussed economic development and collaborative efforts to spur economic growth and educational improvement. The group agreed to meet again to gauge efforts and collaboration.

“Los Alamos would be a driving force behind any economy, but especially in New Mexico, the Lab is the driving force behind Northern New Mexico’s economy, we must encourage and foster economic diversity”, said Commissioner Alfredo Montoya.