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Mayor Richard J. Berry is joining mayors from around the nation as a featured presenter at the second annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

Albuquerque –Mayor Richard J. Berry is joining mayors from around the nation as a featured presenter at the second annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Oct. 15-16, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. With a focus on “Making an Entrepreneurial City,” mayors and entrepreneurship experts will discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities. Mayor Berry’s presentation will focus on how cities can support and sustain entrepreneurs.

The conference is convened by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

The 2014 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Making an Entrepreneurial City will explore the growing “Maker Movement.” As more and more Americans have access to both the technologies to build things and the networks to learn new skills, creativity is being channeled into new business ventures, economically benefitting both the maker-entrepreneur and others in the community. Not only that, but Making has the potential to transform manufacturing and thereby American cities. This year’s event will address:

  • The Maker Movement and ways to harness this activity,
  • Making and how it applies to advanced manufacturing,
  • The importance of immigrant entrepreneurs and initiatives to welcome them, and
  • Practical strategies to grow and promote the entrepreneurial economy of cities.

“We’re connecting the dots and resources within our city to create a climate that fosters entrepreneurs, forms unprecedented partnerships, and revitalizes our city,” said Mayor Berry. “Along with our public and private partners, like the Kauffman Foundation, we’re going to make an impact that will benefit our city for generations to come.”

“The mayors attending this conference understand how important entrepreneurs are to economic growth, job creation and innovation,” said Jason Wiens, policy director at the Kauffman Foundation. “The conference is designed to help them learn from experts and each other about successful programs and structures that can have broad impact on building stronger entrepreneurial communities.”

The program’s keynote speaker is Dale Dougherty, president and CEO of Maker Media, Inc., and founder of MAKE magazine. Attending mayors also will hear from panelists who are experts in entrepreneurship, technology and manufacturing innovation and engagement of immigrant entrepreneurs.