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Mayor Appoints Successful Tech-Transfer Entrepreneur to Lead Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department

Goal is to make Albuquerque the most Entrepreneurial City in America

November 21, 2013

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the City’s new Economic Development Director, successful tech-transfer entrepreneur Gary Oppedahl. Mr. Oppedahl comes from the private sector where he has spent much of his career fostering tech start-ups including EMCORE and most recently TriLumina, both of which are built from research conducted at Sandia National Labs. Mr. Oppedahl has been involved with business start-up activity in Silicon Valley and is a former Intel employee whose duties included new site start-ups. Mayor Berry has directed Gary to work with existing tech-transfer leaders and innovators in Albuquerque and around the world with the goal of building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albuquerque and to identify opportunities for growth and job creation; more specifically – the commercialization of research from our National Labs and our Universities.

"Job creation has several components, including business recruitment, business retention, expansion and start-ups of new businesses." said Mayor Berry.  "Gary brings to the City a proven track record of commercializing technology and creating jobs. He possesses a remarkable resume of experience, and fresh ideas for overcoming the barriers that today’s business community faces as we compete in a global economy.  As an entrepreneur myself, I am excited about the opportunities that are ahead for Albuquerque and I know Gary will play a big part in building bridges and partnerships with the private sector to create new companies and the jobs that will follow."

"I am very excited to be joining Mayor Berry and the City of Albuquerque in our efforts to use our incredible local strengths and resources to attract and create more private sector companies and the jobs that will accompany business creation. Like Mayor Berry, I have made the decision to step away from the private sector for a period of time in order to serve my community in a capacity that I believe can make a real difference for the future of our great City.   I will work tirelessly to ensure that Albuquerque becomes the most entrepreneur-friendly city in the country.” said Oppedahl. “I can’t wait to get started working with our local leaders who have also made it their mission to bolster job creation, foster tech-transfer and entrepreneurship. I believe our best days as a City are ahead of us and I’m excited to be a part of team."