First, we would like to wish our students and families a wonderful start to the new school year. We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy our city throughout the summer; whether that was paying a visit to our BioPark, dancing at Summerfest, or taking part in one of our many youth summer programs.
As summer comes to a close, we remain steady on our path to making Albuquerque the best place for families to live and work. This means not only investing in quality of life projects, but it also requires expanding career opportunities for Burqueños. This month, we announced the arrival of Maxeon Solar Technologies to Mesa Del Sol, which will bring over 1,800 jobs and $4.2 billion in economic impact. Our status as a sustainable leader is a major aspect of Maxeon’s decision to reshore to Albuquerque, and we look forward to working with them to create more jobs and spur economic prosperity in our community.
Heading into the Labor Day weekend, we also reaffirm our commitment to supporting our unions as they call for fair wages and safe working conditions. Earlier this month, we attended several union events including AFSCME’s hiring fair, the Local Carpenters Union’s Solidarity Day, and the Film & TV Expo. While all of these unions have their own focus, they are each a crucial part of our community, advocating for the folks who are literally building our city and keeping it running. We are grateful for their work, and will continue to do what we can at the City level to make sure our laborers – and their families – thrive here.
We hope everyone has a safe and restful Labor Day weekend. We look forward to all the promising possibilities the rest of the year holds.
Mayor Tim Keller