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Expert to launch economic strategy


      Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:00 am

      The Sandoval County Commission on Thursday approved a bid from the economic development firm run by Mark Lautman to launch the county’s strategy for attracting new companies and creating jobs.

      “To me, this is kind of a historic thing,” County Commissioner Don Chapman said. “The county is taking a leadership role in terms of economic development in our community.”

      The commission approved Lautman’s strategy for economic development in January. It calls for a regional approach in generating economic base jobs, which companies create when they export goods and services out of the state.

      “I am optimistic the greater community can come together here,” he said.

      Chapman said he hopes an organization emerges, with Lautman’s help, that engages all stakeholders and moves the county forward.

      We have a “moral obligation” to create jobs, he said.

      Lautman Economic Architecture LLC submitted a bid in response to a request for proposals that ran from Feb. 27 and March 11. The firm was the lone bidder.

      After the meeting, County Manager Phil Rios said he’ll negotiate a contract with Lautman. He said he has received a scope of work from Lautman, but he and the legal staff will work out the details, including Lautman’s compensation.

      During the presentation period of the meeting, Commissioner Glenn Walters provided a tour of the website for the National Association of Counties, which includes a new county tracker that provides a wealth of details about every county in the country.

      Charles Thomas, executive engineer at the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority, provided updates about the agency’s current and upcoming flood control activities. Several projects in Rio Rancho will add dams, divert storm waters and provide open space.

      In other business, the commissioners approved a bid from First American Financial Services to advise the county manager. The county has sufficient professional services funds for a contract, but pricing remains to be negotiated, according to the agenda item summary for the meeting.

      The commissioners also approved a bid from Griffin & Associates, which will “launch a new marketing campaign for the county,” according to the agenda packet. The campaign will cost $29,000 and reflect the state’s “NM True” initiative, according to documents prepared for the meeting.

      The lease of the county’s liquor license to Home on the Range was approved, enabling the business to provide services during events at the El Zócalo Event Center. It will pay all liquor license fees.

      The Bureau of Elections will soon dispose of outdated voting machines, following a commission vote to get rid of the equipment.

      The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday the state recently spent $6 million on new machines.

      The county will use the new machines during the June 3 primary election. It will operate 19 polling locations, each of which will be set up as a voting convenience center, according to the county clerk’s website.