LACDC executive director Lauren McDaniel addresses Kiwanis Club members at their June 7 meeting. Photo by Brooke Davis
BY BROOKE DAVIS
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos
On June 7, Lauren McDaniel, director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, spoke to Kiwanis and explained its goals and activities.
The LACDC is a private, non-profit organization with a sustainable economic development focus with a mission that includes serving the business community, creating and retaining jobs, and diversifying the economy.
She provided a list of programs operated by the corporation It includes the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Alamos MainStreet program, the LA Creative District, Project Y Co-work Space, Discover Los Alamos and the Small Business Center.
One of their newest programs involves efforts by the LACDC and Los Alamos National Laboratory to foster science by providing two-year fellowships allowing invested people to work with LANL scientists to commercialize their scientific breakthroughs.
LACDC also sponsors lighter more fun-oriented activities. These include several parades, Science Fest, Trick or Treat on Main Street, Farmers Markets, Newcomers’ Monday Mixers and Tuesdays at the Pond.
She acknowledged the challenges facing the organization which include a population increase and a housing crisis, lack of downtown office space, decline in retail and commercial storefronts and aging infrastructure.
McDaniel said that the LACDC “wants to make Los Alamos a place where people want to gather and a place where they want to start a business”.