On Tuesday, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the formation of the new Congressional Business Advisory Council, a 14-member council that will try to boost the city’s economic vitality.
“This business advisory council is the most important thing we’re doing. This council will help Albuquerque dig out of the recession,” Lujan Grisham said at a press conference, held at EMCORE Corp. in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. “While the rest of the country is beginning to see more impacts, New Mexico is a little bit more sluggish.”
The council will try to redefine Albuquerque’s economy in a positive light, as well as look at replicating the city’s success stories, she said.
“We look at Tesla and the Gigafactory; I want that too, but it can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach,” she said. “We have the leadership and resources in New Mexico, and we’re going to bring hope back in New Mexico.”
The membership group includes people from Sandia National Laboratories, economic development groups, private industry, software, bioscience and more.
“One of the things we talked about at our first meeting was a lack of knowledge. People simply don’t know everything that’s going on,” said council member and president of Fiore Industries, Bill Miera. “We’re going to make sure that message gets out.”
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