Economic Development Division


Why Los Alamos County. Nestled amidst the cultural and natural beauty of the New Mexico Jemez Mountains, Los Alamos County boasts a unique identity shaped by its history of cutting-edge scientific research and its ongoing pursuit of economic diversification. Understanding economic development opportunities in Los Alamos County requires delving into this rich tapestry, where the legacy of the Manhattan Project intertwines with the aspirations of a vibrant community seeking a sustainable future amidst the high demands and opportunity driven by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Los Alamos County's economic landscape is undeniably marked by the presence of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Established in 1943 as a top-secret facility for developing the atomic bomb, LANL has since evolved into a multidisciplinary research powerhouse, spearheading advancements in nuclear security, renewable energy, astrophysics, and more. With over 15,000 employees and growing, LANL remains the County's largest employer, driving significant economic activity through direct wages, procurement, and research contracts. This growth continues to be a driver for housing, services and small business innovation.

While LANL undoubtedly plays a pivotal role, Los Alamos County recognizes the importance of fostering a more diversified economy. The "Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP)" serves as a roadmap for achieving this goal, focusing on key areas like:



Coming Soon:

  • Business Resources (Business Assistance Program - LEDA(PDF, 194KB), MRA, ARPA...)
  • Real Estate Development (Downtown Revitalization, Land Development Opportunities, LEDA, MRA...)
  • Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board and Tourism Implementation Task Force
  • Economic Development Projects



Economic Development (ED) Division 

  • ED Administrator - Vacant