Business View Civil and Municipal | September 2022

104 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 9 AT A GLANCE LOS ALAMOS COUNTY, NEWMEXICO WHAT: A diverse, scenic county; population approx. 19,000 WHERE: Thirty-five miles from Santa Fe, NM WEBSITE: I n an area that is renowned for its physical beauty and enviable outdoor lifestyle, Los Alamos County, New Mexico has learned the secret to capitalizing on such natural assets. With a small town feel and big city amenities, Los Alamos County appeals to both families and international talent from around the world recruited to work for its largest employer, the Los Alamos National Laboratory. For Bill Enloe, Executive with The Peters Corporation, a Santa Fe-based leading residential housing development firm, there is no place quite like it. “I have lived here most of my life, actually other than college and graduate school, I’ve been in Los Alamos and raised my children here,” he reflects. “Los Alamos has a very unique situation in that we have excellent schools, both private and public, and a relatively wealthy county with a lot of amenities as far as streets, roads, utilities, internet, parks, and golf courses.” Along with the great parks and local infrastructure, Los Alamos hosts recreational facilities including public swimming pools and a 150-mile trails network that connects the business districts and residential neighborhoods on the mesa tops to the surrounding canyons, mountains, national parks, and open space. With the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo range to the east, the scenery is second to none recreation opportunities for residents and visitors are endless. “We are in an area that has a lot of open areas for hiking, biking, skiing, cross country skiing, and hunting if you like to hunt. From all those standpoints, Los Alamos County makes for a very pleasant place to live,” Enloe says. “For quality of life, we tick all the boxes that matter to people these days with nominal traffic, top-ranked public schools, an abundance of world-class outdoor recreation and cultural assets, including a ski hill and trails in our backyard,” adds Dan Ungerleider, Economic Development Administrator for Los Alamos County. “US News and World Report has ranked R I C H I N C U L T U R E , B E A U T Y , A N D T A L E N T