LL residents asked to give their opinion

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Los Lunas residents are being asked what type of businesses they want in the village, such as retail stores, entertainment facilities, and what employment opportunities they feel are needed.

The survey, developed by Ralph L. Mims, village economic development manager, will help village officials go after what residents want.

Mims said he hopes to receive at least 2,000 completed surveys by April 30, so he can use the information in May when he attends RECon, the global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

"The survey is a good tool because it gives you a sampling of what is wanted in the village," Mims said. "It's like a poll. This is supporting data that lets these retailers know they need to be in our community."

The survey data will inform Mims which retailers to target during the convention.

"It's more persuasive talking to a retailer when you have measurable, supportable data to show there is a need for their business in our community," he said.

It gives the community a stake in what companies are pursued, and knowing that they have a hand in getting them here, he said.

"The reason why I'm doing this survey is I need to get a pulse and an idea on what people want in our community," Mims said. "I know what I would like, and that's my personal opinion ― what I like. But you need to know what the community wants because we work for the people of Los Lunas. We really need to know what they want: not what we want."

There are a dozen survey questions dealing with types of clothing stores, supermarkets, ethnic food restaurants, health care choices and big box stores residents wish the village had, plus manufacturing and industrial facilities for employment.

"Renewable energy industries, a truck and travel center, another distribution center," Mims said. "It could be manufacturing parts for a business, it could be a tire recycling company, medical equipment ― any industry that makes or creates products."

Other survey questions concern educational and vocational schools, fast food restaurants and cultural facilities, such as museums, library branches, jazz or night clubs and art galleries.

The final questions asks villagers to name their overall top three businesses they would like to see in Los Lunas.

"My overall top three are a truck and travel center, Target and a Sprouts (health food grocer)," Mims said.

"But the objective of the survey is, I need to know what are the things that we don't have in Los Lunas that we need to have in Los Lunas," he said.

The survey can be downloaded from the village website, www.loslunasnm.gov, under "Village News."

Hard copies are available at a number of locations, including the foyer of the administration building, at the administration reception desk, the Los Lunas Transportation Center, the Los Lunas Chamber of Commerce and the Los Lunas Library.

Completed surveys can be emailed to Ralph L. Mims at mimsr@loslunasnm.gov, or dropped off at the Los Lunas administration reception desk, 660 Main Street.


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