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Mayor Berry Attends White House Summit

Addressing Manufacturing Issues

December 5, 2013


Albuquerque, NM – At the request of the White House, Mayor Richard J. Berry is attending a summit today at the White House in Washington, DC with selected Mayors from around the country to look closely at strategies for competitiveness in manufacturing in our nation’s cities.

"This summit is an opportunity to begin a new level of dialogue and collaboration at the national level on economic development issues which can be a catalyst for creating businesses on a local level," Mayor Berry said.

Mayors representing manufacturing communities across the United States will have the chance to discuss strategies for competitiveness in manufacturing with Senior Administration officials including National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

"It is a great honor for Albuquerque to be at the table participating in this national dialogue," said Mayor Berry.  "Since both Moody’s and the National Conference of Mayor’s identified Albuquerque as a community having all the pieces for substantial job growth in the coming years it’s vital that Albuquerque is part of this type of discussion."

The anticipated job growth is largely contributed to the availability of a skilled work force and low overall operating costs are among the metro area’s strengths that companies cite as influential to their decisions to expand or move into Albuquerque, that according to a recent issue of Site Selection Investment Profile magazine.

This conference is in keeping with the Mayor’s recent appointment of new Economic Development Director Gary Oppedahl and the expansion of the department’s focus to creating businesses, entrepreneurs, and manufacturing innovation that will transform Albuquerque into a more competitive climate.

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the National Economic Council sponsor this event.