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QUARTER III | 2016

THE NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

LAUNCH Los Alamos Began September 17 LAUNCH Los Alamos, an eight-week incubator program for youth with entrepreneurial passions to launch their product or service, has officially launched. Formerly known as the Youth Business Grant Program (YBGP), the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) has provided more than 260 young ent repreneurs grants since 1985 to start a summer business. Past participants have lear ned valuable lessons that have helped them in their future endeavors. Over the years, several recipients have continued to operate and grow their businesses, turning them into a career. Although the title is new, our mission remains to assist teens with entrepreneurial education that could impact local economic development positively. Four young entrepreneurs have enrolled as either a Founder, to go forward in producing the next great idea, or as a Partner to support other entrepreneurial projects. Based on the “Lean Startup Method,” LAUNCH LA engages participants in a team-based

environment of Founders and Partners learning ideation, market validation, business model development, problem solving, pitch development, and pitch presentation to entrepreneurs and investors. Along with giving solid business advice, having parents involved is key. Parents are encouraged to join the program to enhance their child’s experience and to aid in balancing school, personal life and their startup. Participants end the

Young Professionals Network provides like-minded teens with meetups for networking. It also includes a quarterly newsletter that sends tactical tips for start-ups, articles from other successful teen entrepreneurs and current funding options right to their inbox. The Young Professionals Network is the next logical step in providing instruction and mentorship. Those interested may sign up on the LAUNCH LA webpage. projectY Cowork Los Alamos is providing the physical space for the startups to work from. projectY is the collaborative coworking space at 150

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program with a chance to pitch their company for critiquing and possible start-up funding on Pitch Day. The best startups are awarded prizes ranging from cash to in-kind support from companies. Pitch Day will be open to anyone interested in the local entrepreneurial community. This year, young entrepreneurs and developers will have a new advocate to keep them knowledgeable and inspired beyond the program: the Young Professionals Network. Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools an entrepreneur can leverage to provide him or her with a competitive advantage. The

Central Park Square with 2,400 square feet of open floor space. The facility provides desks, a kitchen, private phone rooms, lounge areas and a conference room. This collaborative workspace provides the ideal environment for teens to be inspired and launch successful startups. The LACDC is also courting sponsor companies to assist with program funding. The four young entrepreneurs began classes in September and will finish Nov 5. Stay tuned for more on their progress. For more information visit www.losalamosdevelopment.com.


A Note From the Executive Director

Events & Reminders OCTOBER 12: Innovation to Manufacturing Panel & Demos The New Mexico Manufacturing Extension

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Partnership (MEP)-moderated panel discussion begins at 5:30 pm. Company demos start at 6:30

I recently gave a brief presentation at

pm. Free, please register via the projectY cowork

the Chamber of Commerce Business

website, under Events: www.projectYlosalamos.

Breakfast on the status of the Los

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Alamos economy and thought it would be nice to share some of the highlights

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here. Our economy is poised for growth

Chamber Business Breakfast

unlike what we’ve seen the past 15 years.

House District 43 Candidates Debate on Economic

There is a great opportunity to increase

Development Issues. 7:30am at UNM-LA. For more information call Nancy Partridge at 505.661.4872 or email at Nancy@losalamos.org

Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director

our population with LANL expecting to hire approximately 2,000 workers in the

next 2-4 years. More residents equate to more customers for our local businesses. OCTOBER 28-29: Halloweekend

We also have seen a rapid uptick in technology start ups over the past 18 months

Trick or Treat on MainStreet is Friday,

with 3 new companies being formed and receiving substantial investment. Several

October 28, 4-6:30pm. For more information call

more technology companies are in the pipeline. This fact combined with the success

Rose Evans at 505.661.4860 or mail Rose@

of projectY, our new co-working space, has led to a revitalized entrepreneurial

losalamos.org. Register at losalamosmainstreet. com/events/halloweekend/

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community with entrepreneurs, freelancers and corporate visitors working side by side, collaborating and exchanging ideas. We are also seeing an opportunity in the health care industry and especially mental

Small Business Saturday

health care providers. As our community’s demand increases for these services,

Participate in the Shop Like A Tourist Scavenger

opportunities exist for new businesses to meet those demands.

Hunt 11/26-12/3/16. For more information call Ufemia Bernal 505.661.4816 or E-mail Ufemia@

Additionally, with Los Alamos being a gateway to three National Park installations,

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the hotel, restaurant, and visitor-related retail sector is poised for growth.

DECEMBER 2-4: Winterfest The WinterFest Light Parade is Friday, December 5 at 6pm followed by the Ashley Pond Tree Lighting at 7pm. For more information call Rose

We do have a few issues to deal with to continue moving forward, namely the housing shortage we are currently facing. There are several initiatives underway to bring more housing to our community across various price ranges. It’s vital that we have places for people to live when employment opportunities are available.

Evans at 505.661.4860 or email Rose@losalamos.

As always, LACDC is here to offer assistance, answer questions and to be a resource

org Register at losalamosmainstreet.com/events/

for you and your business. As school starts and we start waxing up our skis, we are

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busy planning for Halloweekend, October 28-29 and WinterFest, December 2-4. Be sure to get these dates on your calendar and register to participate! We hope to see

FYI LosAlamos.com The definitive events calendar for Los Alamos. Post your public, free or ticketed events right from the website. Check the site for all events going on in Los Alamos.

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you there. Thanks, Patrick Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation


Commerce & Development News Introducing LACDC Babies Max and Carlitos! Join us in celebrating our LACDC babies’ entry to life, which happened this summer, 2016. With all their fingers and toes, Max joined us weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and Carlitos at 6 pounds, 1 ounce. With eager anticipation, we invite you to join us in watching these boys grow... Natalie Glass is the Marketing Assistant and Clarice Rodriguez is our LACDC Administrative Assistant. Maxwell Glass

Congratulations to Natalie and Clarice!

Carlitos Martinez

LACDC Congratulates Recent Leadership Los Alamos Grads The Happy Union

Melanie Peña and Ryn Herrman

LACDC Meeting & Visitor Bureau Manager Melanie Pena and LACDC Communications Director Ryn Herrmann both graduated from the Leadership Los Alamos program in May. Leadership Los Alamos was founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen Quarter III 2016

their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our area. Leadership Los Alamos teaches both the inner and the outer workings of community organizations, cultural aspects, youth, education, local government, economic development and environmental issues. 

Ronnie Bell and April Dukes

April Dukes and Ronnie Bell were married July 10 at the Rival Temple Church in Walker, Louisiana. April is with LACDC Business Development.

Congratulations to our recent graduates! Congratulations to April and Ronnie! 3


Chamber Member Anniversaries July Atomic City Cleaning Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Santa Fe, Inc. COMPA Industries, Inc Highline Associates Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos LANL Community Programs Office Los Alamos Concert Association Los Alamos County Government Los Alamos Fitness Center Los Alamos Retirement Communities Los Alamos Youth Soccer League Mandy Marksteiner Writing and Editing Pajarito Environmental Education Center Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc Royal Crest Manufactured Home Community Smith’s Food & Drug Templeton Design & Custom Homes LLC. Virtual Los Alamos

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August Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op Claire Roybal and Associates Edward Jones Eye Associates of New Mexico Fran Berting, County councilor Gordons’ Concerts J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee Los Alamos Chiropractic Los Alamos Community Health Council Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Lynn M. Finnegan, P.A.. Names & Numbers Telephone Directory Sleep Number Stewart Central Title, LLC Storkan Chiropractic, Incorporated Vest Orthodontics Waddell & Reed

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Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, P.C. Buffalo Thunder Resort Dance Arts Los Alamos DECA/BPA Enchanted Trek Travel Family YMCA Fusion Multi Sport Hilltop Spa Holiday Inn Express at Entrada J & L Storage Vans Jorge Ferreira, DMD, LLC Little Forest Playschool Los Alamos Heart Council, Inc. Los Alamos Home Improvement Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Mary Deal Realty North Central Regional Transit District-Blue Buses PAC 8 Ponderosa Montessori School, Inc. SMPC Architects White Rock Baptist Church

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Welcome our Newest Chamber Members The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce now has 333 members. We have grown more than 8% in the past year. Please welcome our newest members.

UbiQD July Quaking Aspen Fine Art July Homewise July Pasta Paradisio August Vanguard Resources, Inc. August Berardinelli Family Funeral Service September Cortex & Co. September Youth for Christ September

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Chamber News Chamberfest A Success The weather cooperated for the 20th anniversary of Chamberfest. Bright blue skies and perfect June temperatures combined to make Saturday, June 11, 2016, a memorable day for Chamber Members and community members alike. Thousands of locals wandered among the record-setting 72 booths, learning about non-profits, testing products, and obtaining store discounts. Food vendors had lines more than eight people deep. Hundreds of people armed with Chamberfest Bingo cards searched for special vendors who could stamp a square and bring them one step closer to the prize. Shelly Wiemann, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones said, “Thanks Nancy, Darla, Ryn and everyone else who helped to make Chamberfest a success! For my part, I thought the event went extremely well.

Rose Chocolatier at Chamberfest

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My branch administrator and I received assistance from two chamber volunteers to assemble our pop-up tent, and it was a lot of fun to “stamp” participant’s bingo cards. I had conversations with over 100 people during the event, and it offered great visibility for my business.” Children of all ages gathered anxiously along Central Avenue, gripping their parent’s hand, waiting as the LANB sand pile was constructed before their eyes. When it was declared ready, they dove on it with cheerful abandon. At noon, the 2016 LACDC Board of Directors lined up against members of the 1996 LACDC Board of Directors for the Del Norte Credit Union Show Down at High Noon Dodge Ball Game. The 2016 Board, led by State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, defeated the 1996 Board, led by

Roger Waterman. Both teams had a great time and no one was injured thanks to the soft sponge balls provided by DNCU. New Mexico Bank & Trust Vice President Liz Cavasos said, “Being the new bank serving the Los Alamos market, we were very pleased with the positive reception from our community. We felt welcomed and enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone. We even received a number of requests for a follow up call about our products and services. Our fellow Chamber members made it a fun-filled day.” Plans are already underway to increase participation in the 4x4 Show, get the entire community involved in the Showdown at High Noon, and more for “Chamberfest 21”, scheduled for June 10, 2017.

Chamberfest Dodge Ball at High Noon

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Chamber Features Golf Tournament Had Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Guardian Mortgage at Golf Tournment

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament tested players’ skills not only with a golf club but also with soccer, baseball, football, disc golf and croquet. The mix-up was intended to make the tournament more entertaining and level the playing field so that any foursome had an equal chance of winning. So much for that plan. The usual winning foursome of Bruce Norman, Marti Norman, Mike Lippiat, and Mike McNeil won anyway. Second place went to David Sutton, Brian Booth, Ben Bouman, and Scotty Rogers with a 62. Third was taken by Libby Carlsten, KayLinda Crawford, Andy Fox and Linda Deck with a 63 on a scorecard tie. Bob Joseph, Trevor Lewis, Richie Mondragon and Ryan Tatro of LANB 6

Chamber Director Nancy Partridge, Darla Ridilla, and Donnie Torres

also had a 63. Andy Fox won the men’s longest putt contest and Kathy Boerigter won the women’s. Los Alamos National Bank was the title sponsor for the event. Plateau Properties sponsored the Breakfast with KRSN/ Flowers by Gillian sponsoring the Mimosas and Bloody Marys. RPM Automotive sponsored the lunch. Beverages were sponsored by New Mexico Bank and Trust. Awards were sponsored by Gateway Mortgage. Desert Sun Motors sponsored the Hole in One. Hole Sponsors included Gateway Mortgage, SMSI, Griffin and Associates, Guardian Mortgage, LA Daily Post, La Fonda Hotel, The Hall Group, Shelly Wiemann - Edward

Jones, Trinity Urgent Care, Don Taylor’s Photography, Rancho Faisan, Kelly Meyers - ReMax, CB Fox, Pueblo Canyon Inn, Zach Engraff – New York Life and JJH LLC. In addition to almost $6000 raised through the tournament, additional donations along the course raised $88 for the LAHS Baseball program, $113 for the LAHS Footb all program and an additional $547 for UWNNM. The 2017 Tournament is scheduled for August 18 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Maybe we’ll make Norman and Lippiat play in tu-tus.

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Chamber Features National Science Foundation Awards Los Alamos-Based Quantum Dot Company UbiQD design, and safety applications; earlier this month the company was issued a patent for “quantum dot security inks.” With this new award and other recent developments, however, the company will focus its efforts primarily on solar energy.

From left, Board Members Dudley McDaniel and Colin Cumming, Director Karthik Ramasamy, Founder and President Hunter McDaniel, Board Member Katharine Chartrand, Director Aaron Jackson and Director Matt Bergren

UbiQD, LLC, a Los Alamos-based quantum dot manufacturer, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the National Science Foundation. The 12-month $225,000 award is intended to help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. Previously operating out of the New Mexico Consortium, UbiQD opened its new office and manufacturing facility on Eastgate Drive in Los Alamos during a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony held July 29. The company manufactures inexpensive, low-hazard quantum dots and nanocomposites called quantum dots, which are particularly advantageous for many applications due to their bright and strongly size-tunable color of photoluminescence — they glow under light — and compatibility with liquid solution processing, which enables lowcost manufacturing techniques. Spun out of technology developed at Los Alamos Quarter III 2016

National Laboratory (LANL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the company envisions a future where quantum dots are ubiquitous in a wide spectrum of applications. In July, the company also expanded its license to include the proof-ofconcept work on the luminescent solar concentrating glass technology, originally developed at LANL in collaboration with Italy’s University of Milano-Bicocca. “It’s a privilege to receive an SBIR award through the National Science Foundation because it enables us to accelerate our growth and focus on a particularly large market opportunity for our low-hazard, low-cost quantum dot technology,” said Dr. Hunter McDaniel, founder and president of UbiQD. “Our vision is to turn ubiquitous, everyday windows into sunlight harvesters. Think of skyscrapers that power cities.”

“This new investment will further important research at UbiQD to strengthen the intersection of solar energy and advanced materials such as nanoparticles,” said U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in a UbiQD-issued press release, referring to the award and UbiQD’s focus on solar technologies. “It’s another great example of how technology developed at our national laboratories can spur industry and create jobs here at home. New Mexico, with its abundant solar resources, can and should be at the epicenter of America’s clean energy economy. I will continue to do all I can to ensure this becomes a reality.” In addition to its new facility, grant and expanded licensing, UbiQD also recently hired two new employees to the team — Dr. Karthik Ramasamy to lead manufacturing and Dr. Aaron Jackson to lead nanocomposite development — and filed several new patents this year, including one related to sunlightharvesting safety glass windows. UbiQD’s new 9,000-square-foot space allows for scale-up of manufacturing and continued expansion. For more photos from the July ribboncutting, visit http://bit.ly/2atNdB7.

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Event Photos

Chamber Golf Tournament - LACDC Team

Chamber Golf Tournament - LANB Team

Chamber Golf Tourmanet - United Way Team

Chamber Director Nancy Partridge directing traffic

ScienceFest Special Agent

Fat Man makes an appearance at ScienceFest

ScienceFest Rocket Day

ScienceFest Rocket Day

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Event Photos

ScienceFest Summer Concert

Kelly Stewart, Ryn Herrmann, and Suzette Fox

Spy Talk - Dr. Carr and Ellen Bradbury Reid

ScienceFest VIP Guests

ScienceFest Fun

ScienceFest Movie In The Park

Los Alamos Farmers Market

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MainStreet MainStreet Named Semi-Finalist for Great American Main Street Award Recently Main Street America revealed the ten 2017 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) semi-finalists and Los Alamos made the cut! “The Great American Main Street Award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center. Each year, we celebrate exceptional Main Street America organizations for their work in creating more economically, socially, and culturally vibrant commercial districts,” said Patrice Frey, the Center’s President and CEO. “This year’s winners are truly at the forefront of commercial district revitalization. They are a testament to the power of the Main

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Street Approach, and the great potential of downtown districts in cities and towns across the country.” And the praise is well deserved. Together, this year’s semi-finalists have generated almost a billion dollars in public and private reinvestment, while creating 5,679 new jobs, opening 1,085 new businesses, rehabbing 1,359 buildings and clocking over 133,000 volunteer hours. This year’s semi-finalists, listed in alphabetical order are Berlin, Md., Cedar Rapids, Ia., Chillicothe, Mo., Columbus, Ga., Covington, Ky., Goldsboro, N.C., Los

Alamos, N.M., New Orleans, La., Wausau, Wis., and West Chester, Pa. The winners will be announced this May at the Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh. Los Alamos MainStreet is a returning semifinalist from last year’s “One to Watch” list. Los Alamos MainStreet continues to build on the city’s reputation as a hub for innovation and invention. This couldn’t be more evident than in their signature promotion event, ScienceFest. In their 23-year history, Los Alamos MainStreet has generated over $140 million in public/ private investment while accumulating approximately 24,000 volunteer hours.

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MainStreet Los Alamos ScienceFest was a HUGE Success

ScienceFest Vendors

Los Alamos MainStreet would like to shout out a big THANK YOU for the wonderful support that the community, volunteers, partners and sponsors offered throughout ScienceFest. It takes a village to make ScienceFest a success! Held July 13-17, the event included 39 sponsoring or partnering organizations, 27 activities and more than 11,000 attendees—a 16 percent increase over last year’s event. Several local businesses and organizations benefitted from the critical mass in downtown Los Alamos, including Fuller Lodge Art Center, reporting gallery sales five times the typical summer weekend; and, a local hotel reported an occupancy rate of 92.2 percent during ScienceFest weekend, compared to the average of 62 percent. The Bradbury Science Museum reports that it beat its average 300 visitors per day, three out of four days with 421, 400 and 521 visitors. Quarter III 2016

Save the date for next year: July 13-16, 2017. ScienceFest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ranch School! Again, thank you so much to our sponsors and partners: Los Alamos County, New Mexico Tourism Department, National Park Service, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center, First National Bank of Santa Fe, Trinity Urgent Care, COMPA Industries, The Regional Development Corporation, Ellen Bradbury Reid, Alan Carr, Thad Hahn, Daren Savage, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Little Theater and the Pajarito Players, Christian Science Society, Buffalo Tours, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Teen Center, Bathtub Row Brewing, PEEC-The NatureCenter, Los Alamos Arts Council, Los Alamos Public Schools, Zia Spacemodelers, Richard P. Feynman Center, Tibbar Technologies, BuffaloTours, Skip Dunn, Ken Uhler, ScienceFest committee and Betty Ehart Senior Center.

ScienceFest Spy

Los Alamos Little Theater “Spies”

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projectY New Coworking Space Offers Day-Pass Punchcards

Los Alamos Coding Dojo

LANL Community Leaders Update

NM High Tech Regional Round Table

projectY cowork Los Alamos, the new collaborative coworking space located at 150 Central Park Square, opened to the public this past June. In addition to daily passes and membership options, this July projectY announced the launch of a $75 punchcard, which allows individuals to receive 10 passes to the coworking space. Punchcard holders have the same access to an air conditioned environment with 100 mbps high-speed WiFi, kitchen, free snacks, coffee and tea as members or day pass holders, but it excludes the use of the conference room and member-only special events. The card is good for up to a year from 12

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the date of issue. The conference room is also available for rental at projectY for $15/ hr or $110 for the day and can be reserved directly through the projectY website: www. projectYlosalamos.com. This Fall, projectY continues to schedule a variety of hosted events and workshops, including some driven by the community: a marketing series produced by local consultant Mandy Marksteiner, search engine optimization (SEO) courses by Patrick Brenner of EDJ Ink, a STEMrelated art workshop series by artist Sasha Scully, and “Financing the Entrepreneurial

Enterprise” classes offered by Los Alamos Venture Accelerator’s (LAVA) Nik Seet. All upcoming events can be found on the projectY website or social media channels. You may reach projectY Director Lauren McDaniel at lauren@losalamos.org or 505-661-4862. You can also connect with projectY on Facebook, on Twitter or Instagram by following the handle @ projectycowork. See who has already become involved with the space by visiting the Directory on the projectY website.

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projectY Offering a Brighter Future for New Mexico Homeowners & Businesses Karen Paramanandam, the Los Alamosbased marketing director and technical sales advisor for SunPower by Positive Energy Solar, was one of the first Los Alamos residents to join the projectY cowork community. She recently participated in a LANL Community Leaders Update panel that took place this July at projectY and featured coworking and makerspace models in Northern New Mexico. Paramanandam discussed the reasons she decided to join a coworking space. “I joined so that I could have access to a professional work and meeting space and have increased opportunities to network with fellow entrepreneurs and potential clients,” she said, adding that she liked the bonus of a physical address – aside from her home – for mail and SEO purposes. An employee-owned company, SunPower by Positive Energy Solar is the No. 1 installer for residential and commercial solar energy systems throughout New Mexico and currently employs around 80 individuals state-wide — with three living in the Los Alamos/White Rock area. SunPower by Positive Energy Solar was one of the original recipients of the Northern New Mexico 20/20 award and opened nearly 20 years ago at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI). Karen credits SFBI to helping their founder get the company started in New Mexico. In a recent Albuquerque Journal article, SunPower by Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler discussed the current environment for solar energy. “We continue to see about 20 percent more growth per year as more people become aware of the opportunities,” said Wheeler. Quarter III 2016

installed solar capacity per capita; once ranked No. 6 (2014), the state now ranks No. 8 according to a recent report released by Environment New Mexico. A 10% state tax rebate on solar installations, which has existed for the last decade, expires at the end of 2016 since the New Mexico Legislature did not extend the credit.

Karen Paramanandam

“There’s solid knowledge today that solar is a viable, attractive way to fix a customer’s long-term energy costs at an affordable price. It can help control unlimited utility costs and people understand that now.” With more than 300 days of sunshine per year in the state, moving to solar energy can indeed come with a significant savings. Private companies and public entities alike are seeking out solar energy installation, including Los Alamos National Bank in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Public Schools (which is putting energy savings aside for the classroom instead), Bar C Metal, Montoya Apple Orchards, and San Ildefonso Pueblo, as well as countless others. To date, most Los Alamos business owners have shied away from solar, according to Paramanandam, but Positive Energy Solar is seeing growing interest and active installations from Los Alamos and White Rock homeowners. Despite such growth and interest, New Mexico recently dropped in ranking for

Paramanandam is hoping this drop in national rankings and in support from the state legislature won’t diminish job growth and solar energy advancements in the state. While working out of projectY cowork Los Alamos, she’s looking to extend solar energy more prominently in surrounding regions – including in Los Alamos, where she’s encountering challenges related to permitting, building code compliance and electrical service issues at many of the homes. She is also seeking to boost local area business adoption of solar energy; she said business owners in Los Alamos may not be aware they qualify for the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which offers grants to businesses located in small towns “for up to 25% of total project costs and loan guarantees for up to 75% of total project costs for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.” To better educate the public about solar energy, the system installation process and cost savings, Paramanandam hosted a discussion, “A Business Case for Solar,” at projectY cowork Aug. 24 and will likely host another discussion soon. Connect with Karen Paramanandam at karen@positiveenergysolar.com with questions or to stay updated on the next event. www.PositiveEnergySolar.com.

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Creative District Get Registered to Participate in MainStreet Events Looking for a great way to promote your business or organization? Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of Halloweekend and Winterfest! Register now to participate in two of the most popular Los Alamos MainStreet community events. Registration is free! Halloweekend: October 28-29 Get your costumes ready! Halloweekend returns to haunt Los Alamos on October 28-29. On Friday, October 28 Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from

ON TAP SCIENCE HISTORY NATURE ART 15 minute talk and group discussion hosted by: Bradbury Science Museum Los Alamos Historical Society PEEC at The Nature Center Fuller Lodge Art Center at UnQuarked Wine Room

Brought to you by: Los Alamos Creative District

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4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, will be closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families. While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved. Last year an estimated 4,000 people took part in Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet. Other Friday activities will include Trickor-Treating at Los Alamos Medical Center from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The High Flyers gymnasts will perform on Central Avenue at 5:00 p.m. and the Pet Costume Parade will march down the street at 5:30 p.m. DALA and NMDT will be performing together at 6:00 p.m. and the YMCA Costume Climb will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Halloweekend festivities will continue on Saturday, October 29th, beginning with pumpkin carving at the Smith’s Marketplace from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Los Alamos MainStreet will provide live entertainment inside Fuller Lodge from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. New this year is PEEC’s Haunted Hike at 8:00 p.m. for teens and adults. Sign up now at PEEC! The Los Alamos Arts Council will be sponsoring their annual Scarecrow Contest. Stop by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to pick up a registration form. The scarecrows will be on display on Central Avenue from October 24 through November 1.

Los Alamos MainStreet would like to thank its Halloweekend partners and sponsors – Central Park Square, The County of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Medical Center, Smith’s Marketplace, and LANB, along with all of the organizations that are participating in the fun! Winterfest: December 2-4 The Los Alamos Winterfest theme this year is “Peace On Earth”. The annual Holiday Light Parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6:00pm Saturday, December 3. The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will immediately follow the parade at 7:00pm at Ashley Pond. Register now to enter your “Peace On Earth” themed float for the Holiday Light Parade. The float that is judged to best reflect this year’s theme wins bragging rights for the entire year! Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town. The Winterfest celebrations run from Friday through Sunday featuring everything from the Cookie Walk at Fuller Lodge to the Nutcracker on The Hill ballet. To register for booth at Trick-orTreat on MainStreet or a float in the Winterfest Holiday Light Parade, visit: losalamosmainstreet.com/events. For questions or more information, please contact Rose Evans, Los Alamos MainStreet Event Coordinator at 505-661-4860 or rose@losalamos.org. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to promote your business or organization in Los Alamos!

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Visitor Center Great Numbers for White Rock Visitor Center The White Rock Visitor Center continues to be a busy stop before and after boarding the free shuttles to and from Bandelier National Monument.  While visitors wait for the shuttles to arrive, they wander and admire the beauty of the Visitor Center, check out our local business display cases all while discovering that there is much more to do in the Los Alamos and White Rock area than just Bandelier National Monument.  Visitors are encouraged to visit our museums, nature center, and to shop and dine after

a day of hiking in Bandelier.  The Fourth of July weekend was extremely busy with close to 3000 visitors, and Labor Day weekend was almost as busy with over 2400 visitors coming through our Visitor Center doors.  The White Rock Visitor Center also offers the sale of weekly and annual park passes for our visitor’s convenience.    The White Rock and Los Alamos Visitor Centers aren’t only for visitors but we always have valuable information for our locals too. White Rock Visitor Center

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