During his 35-year career as a professional economic developer, Mark Lautman designed and managed four job creation programmes producing over 80 project transactions, 15,000 new jobs, 6 million square feet of industrial space, and $11 billion dollars in new investment.
He served 10 years as Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission and for four years directed the State’s Legislative Jobs Council.
In 2007 he and a group of colleagues founded the Community Economics Lab, a not-for-profit think tank focused on understanding forces and developing new approaches to economic and workforce development.
In 2011 he wrote When the Boomers Bail, a book about how a growing shortage of qualified workers would become a primary constraint to the economic development of most places.
He is a Fellow and Honorary Life member of the International Economic Development Council (www.iedconline.org) and a frequent speaker at conferences in the US, Canada, China and Southeast Asia.
In addition to his thought leadership work, Lautman is a co-founder of InvestUS (www.investus-eb5.com), a fully staffed EB-5 Regional Center. His consulting business is conducted under, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC. He is a 1971 graduate of The University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer. He is also an accomplished open-water swimmer and alpinist.
Mark lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.