Triad’s Community Commitment Plan

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Triad’s Community Commitment Plan

Building on the Laboratory’s work
Based in Santa Fe, NM, Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) is a wholesale distributor of bicycle products supplying both retailers and the bicycle industry. BTI was awarded a Triad-funded Technology and Manufacturing (TEAM) no-interest loan from the RDC to purchase a wheel-building machine that will help the company increase the supply for pre-built wheels on demand.

Building on the Laboratory’s work in the community, managing contractor Triad National Security, LLC, invests in nonprofit programs in the region under its own Community Commitment Plan. In accordance with the plan, Triad  invested $2 million in the LANL Foundation, Regional Development Corporation, United Way of NNM and over 500 other nonprofit organizations.

Support for Education

Sponsored 34 STEM education programs, impacting 11,624 students and 927 teachers from Northern New Mexico.

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Triad’s investment in the LANL Foundation supported a range of initiatives around K-12 STEM education, career pathways development, a collaborative STEAM approach, and support for teachers, including:

  • $10,000 grant to Santa Fe Community College to help with mapping work-based learning opportunities available in north-central New Mexico.
  • Monthly STEAM Partnership meetings held with educators and innovators from throughout the region
  • Conducting a STEM Landscape survey 
  • Building the NM STEAMHub website to provide remote and at-home learning resources for teachers, parents and students 
  • Preparing and supporting teachers in Northern New Mexico by expanding the current National Board Certification (NBC) training programs

Support for Economic Diversity

Triad’s investment in the Regional Development Corporation helped the regional economy in this particularly challenging time:

  • 47 regional businesses were awarded an average of $2,000 in Micro-Grant and COVID Emergency Fund grants.  Micro-Grants (awarded pre-COVID) assisted businesses to acquire services or equipment needed for growth.  The COVID Emergency Fund grants assisted small rural businesses with expenses due to loss of revenue brought on by the pandemic.
  • 10 regional businesses were awarded no-interest loans through the Technology and Manufacturing (TEAM) Fund to assist with the cost of patent applications, equipment to increase production and efficiency, product packaging design and development, and ISO-9000 certification
  • Six tribal member-owned businesses from three Northern New Mexico pueblos were awarded grants through the Tribal Economic Diversity Fund
  • Partnerships with six regional institutions of higher education continued throughout 2020. UNM-Taos, UNM-Los Alamos, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College received funding for workforce training and education programs tailored to the region’s needs, impacting more than 763 students.

Support for Nonprofits

Triad magnified the generosity of Laboratory employees by providing a $0.50 on the dollar match for employee contributions to qualified charitable organizations in Northern New Mexico.

To address the issues of addiction and violence through the Rio Arriba Collective Impact Initiative, Triad’s support for United Way of Northern New Mexico allowed it to continue its multiyear plan to support the nonprofit sector through capacity building and collaborations, and extend its reach to public education and local government partnerships:

  • Created UNITE! Northern NM Nonprofit Alliance to strengthen nonprofits through training, technical assistance and grant writing
  • Developed a nonprofit training strategy in partnership with the Los Alamos Community Foundation to build capacity of nonprofits that support research-based prevention strategies and intervention programs
  • Continued partnership with the Española Public Schools and the Communities In Schools Initiative using both prevention and intervention strategies to address social determinants of health within elementary and middle schools
  • Partnered with the Los Alamos Community Foundation and other regional funders to provide COVID-19 Emergency Funding

Letter from Triad Board Chair

When Triad National Security, LLC took over the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory in October 2018, we made it clear that our aim is to sustain and enhance the Laboratory’s partnership with the community for the benefit of the region and the Laboratory.

The three members of Triad – Battelle Memorial Institute, the Texas A&M University System, and the University of California – are all public service-oriented organizations, and Triad is proud to play its part in helping Northern New Mexico in what has been a very challenging year.

In 2020 Triad invested $2 million in the region through our Community Commitment Plan. This investment is directed towards the same areas as the Laboratory’s work (education, economic diversity, and community giving), and Triad’s support expands the reach and impact of the Laboratory’s efforts.  

Our major investments are through our partnerships with the LANL Foundation, the Regional Development Corporation and the United Way of Northern New Mexico, but you’ll find a list of our other nonprofit grants and sponsorships in this report.

Helping with community needs brought about by the pandemic was a particular focus this year. We issued grants of $40,000 to regional foundations, $10,000 to The Food Depot, and $10,000 to the Pueblo Relief Fund. 

Triad wholeheartedly supports the Laboratory’s commitment to excellence in community engagement, and will continue to play its part in helping Northern New Mexico recover and grow in 2021 and beyond.

Michael Anastasio
Board Chair, Triad National Security, LLC