Senator Udall Highlights Importance of Innovation, Investment to N.M. Job Growth in Speech to Greater Albuquerque Chamber

In a speech yesterday to the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, highlighted the importance of investments in infrastructure and education to helping strengthen the economy in New Mexico and create jobs.

Resources he has fought for – including the grant that helped complete an expansion of the Union Pacific Rail facility in Santa Teresa – have fueled economic growth. Udall will speak Wednesday at the grand opening ceremony for the Santa Teresa Intermodal Ramp, which has created 3,000 jobs and was made possible in part through $10 million in federal funding that Udall fought for.

Udall said he will continue to push for investments that will ensure workers are qualified for well-paying jobs; that will improve rail networks, roads and bridges; and that will fund research that can produce marketable products and businesses to build a high-tech economy. Udall has introduced a bill to improve the Department of Energy’s technology transfer program, to better facilitate getting cutting-edge research from the lab bench to the marketplace. He is also leading efforts in Washington to fight for federal investment in an optics and photonics hub in the Albuquerque area.

“I will fight for the resources we need and for smart investments that will pay off for New Mexico,” Udall said in his remarks. “I know that every day you all do the heavy lifting – creating new business, bringing new jobs for families that want to be here, want to raise their children here in safe, healthy communities.”

“We all still have a lot of work to do, but we can meet that challenge, working together, public and private sectors, local, state, and federal governments – all bringing something to the table, making a difference, and investing in New Mexico’s future,” Udall continued.