Mark Lautman, CEcD

Mark Lautman is a founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches to economic development to work in a labor and capital constrained economy. His consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development. Mark is a past writer of a monthly column for the New Mexico Business Weekly, and is the author of the book, “When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economics Survival Guide”, available on

Mark has three decades of experience as a professional economic developer, and has designed and managed four economic development programs having procured more than 80 corporate locations, accounting for more than 15,000 new jobs, 6 million square feet of industrial space and $11 billion dollars in new investment. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Economic Development at Mesa del Sol where his business unit was responsible for recruiting Albuquerque Studios, Schott Solar, Fidelity Investments, and several others. Mark’s previous New Mexico economic development assignments included Santa Teresa, Rio Rancho, and Grants. Mark’s recent consulting projects include:

  • Spaceport America
  • Live Work New Mexico
  • Artesia Chamber of Commerce
  • San Juan County
  • Cibola County
  • Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation
  • WorkKeys Based Labor Market Model
  • New Mexico EB5 Regional Center
  • OKC Land Inventory Analysis, and
  • Ft. Bayard masterplan

Mark’s recent conference speaking engagements include:

  • Summit on the Business of Aging
  • TEDx
  • National Rural Economic Development Association
  • International Economic Development Council
  • UNM Speaker Series
  • ULI Emerging Trends Conference
  • National Association of Workforce Boards
  • EDA
  • National Brownfield Association
  • IGNITE, and
  • Business Expansion Retention International

Mark is a 1971 graduate of The University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Mark and his wife, Mary Anne, live in Albuquerque, NM. They have three children – two having graduated from UNM and one from NMSU – as well as four grandchildren.