September 06, 2016
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Reviews LANL Workforce Development, Cleanup Plans at LANL, REDI Activities, and Plans a Trip to the U.S. Capitol
The Regional Coalition prepares itself for LANL’s future workforce development plan. Board members will be traveling to Washington, DC to address the Department of Energy’s legacy waste acquisition process and national cleanup.
September 6, 2016; Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) will be holding their monthly board meeting this Friday, September 9th, 2016 at the Ohkay Casino Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 68 New Mexico 291, Suite C/D, Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico 87566, from 9:00a to 11:00a.
The Regional Coalition has invited Kathy Keith to speak on behalf of the LANL Community Programs Office. Keith will report on LANL’s present hiring efforts to hire approximately 2,500 new employees in the next four years. The RCLC is eager to engage in future strategies for workforce development as LANL anticipates hiring about 2,500 new employees over the next 4 years. In July, LANL Director, Charlie McMillan reported 1135 employees have been hired at the Laboratory since October 2014.
The Manager of Environmental Management from the Los Alamos Field Office, Doug Hintze, will be speaking on the Lifecycle Baseline Cost Estimate, which addresses the full scope and cost of legacy waste cleanup to be completed by LANL. The final presentation will be provided by Acting Director of the Regional Development Corporation (REDI), Val Alonzo, concerning the Regional Economic Development Initiative Conference / Workforce Summit and will provide an update on past and future REDI activities.
In June, RCLC responded to an acquisition process from LANL regarding legacy cleanup. The Regional Coalition received feedback from the Department of Energy and will be learning more about the future of the acquisition on our trip to Washington, DC on September 13th. Several of the RCLC members will also be attending the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Peer Exchange meeting on September 13th and the National Cleanup Workshop on September 14th and 15th in Alexandria, VA.
For media inquiries, please contact: Scarlet Rendleman, 505.660.6937, Scarlet@RegionalCoalition.org
ABOUT THE REGIONAL COALITION: The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns. The organization’s focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development and site employment, and adequate funding for LANL. The 2015 Board of Directors includes Chair, Commissioner Barney Trujillo, Rio Arriba County; Vice-Chair, Mayor Javier Gonzales, City of Santa Fe; Secretary/Treasurer, Councilor Kristin Henderson, Los Alamos County; Mayor Alice Lucero, City of Española, Commissioner Henry Roybal, Santa Fe County; Andrew Gonzales, Town of Taos; Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos County; Governor Earl Salazar, Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh; and Governor Raymond Loretto, Pueblo of Jemez; http://regionalcoalition.org.