On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 a.m., Mark Lautman will be the featured speaker in the next UNM Anderson School of Management's Business to Business Breakfast Series. Lautman will look at possible solutions in his presentation titled, "In Search of a New Economic Development Paradigm."
He will also sign copies of his book, "When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide," following his talk. Lautman's book, available for purchase for $14, is a must read for anyone involved in economic development, city planning, politics, government and especially business.
Lautman has been a practicing economic developer for nearly three decades leading major economic development programs in Rio Rancho and Santa Teresa, N.M., and at Mesa del Sol, south of the Albuquerque Sunport. But he says the economic development game that existed in the United States over the past 50 years is over and communities looking to foster expanding economies need to develop a new approach.
According to Lautman, while flattening demand, rising debt and a paralyzed credit system are huge problems, he says it is the imminent retirement of 78 million Baby Boomers and the fact they didn't have enough kids to replace themselves that threatens the long term survival of most communities and changes the fundamentals of the economic development game. Despite 14 million Americans being out of work, a shortage of qualified workers is creating a zero sum labor market that promises to create a new paradigm for community leaders trying to create jobs.
Lautman is the owner of the consulting firm Lautman Economic Architecture and a founding member of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank innovating new approaches to economic development. He attended UNM on a swimming scholarship and shortly after graduating in 1971 he was recruited to coach the Chilean Olympic swim team, a position he held for three years.
The Anderson Business to Business Breakfast Series is sponsored by Sibilla and George Boerigter of SoundOff Signal. The lecture series hosts business leaders from across the country to speak on relevant, hot button topics of interest. The series takes place in the Jackson Student Center, located just west of the Anderson School, and is offered at no cost to the business community. Anyone interested in attending can sign up at Business to Business Breakfast or contact Natalie Mead at (505) 277-6413. RSVPs are required. Seating is limited.
Parking is available in the new structure located on the corner of Lomas and Yale - a short walk to the Jackson Center using the bridge located on the third level of the structure. Metered spaces require credit/debit cards; no cash will be accepted.