LL looks to home-based businesses for jobs
Written by Deborah Fox/News-Bulletin
Saturday, 22 May 2010 06:00
High-paid home-based work is the theme of a pilot economic development project the Los Lunas Village Council approved at its regular meeting May 13.”We believe the home-based worker sector is the largest, fastest-growing, most lucrative source of footloose, economic base jobs now and in the future,” said Jeff Spiegel, president of Project Development Management LLC. “It is the most expeditious way to expand the economic base.”Spiegel is a member of the Community Economics Lab composed of economic development professionals who formed the non-profit organization to find new ways to conduct economic development in a labor- and capital-starved economy.

The project is the brain-child of Mark Lautman, the CEO of Lautman Economic Architecture, said Spiegel.

CELab developed the economic development pilot and calls it the Home Based Worker Economic Development Program.

The goals of the HBW pilot program are to find people in New Mexico who are working at home and help them get more work, find people who want to work at home, bring in money from outside the state and encourage out-of-state home-based workers to relocate to New Mexico.

The pilot program has been adopted in Rio Rancho, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. Los Lunas was also targeted because of its proximity to Albuquerque and its attractiveness as a place to live, said Spiegel.

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