Mayor Berry in Nation’s Capital Meeting with Top Federal Officials
February 3, 2014
Mayor Richard J. Berry is in Washington D.C. today meeting with high ranking members of the President’s cabinet including the Secretary of Energy, an Assistant Secretary from the Department of Defense, as well as top officials from the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The mayor met with Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss Sandia National Labs, research commercialization and technology transfer and how Albuquerque can help lead the way on these matters of national significance. His meetings at the Pentagon included a briefing on the Air Force’s continued commitment, efforts and progress relating to the Kirtland fuel spill. While at the Department of Transportation, Mayor Berry will discuss efforts he is spearheading locally to implement state of the art transportation systems which fuel urban living, technology hubs and economic development. The HUD meeting was arranged to talk about the mayor’s Heading Home initiative and opportunities to explore federal partnerships to further advance these efforts to decrease homelessness.
“In addition to checking in with our federal partners on issues of concern to Albuquerque residents, we are sharing with department officials the many innovative programs which are currently in progress that demonstrate how the city is leading the way on issues relating to technology transfer, research commercialization and advanced transportation systems,” stated Mayor Berry.
While in Washington D.C, Mayor Berry will also participate as a panelist for Governing Magazine on the topic of reinventing government. The mayor was chosen as a panelist because of his progressive approach to governing based on utilizing data to drive policy decisions while providing the best value to taxpayers.