Mayor R. J. Berry has no idea on how to attract business to our lovely city. He knows how to watch as they leave. He knows how to ask everyone else to come up with ideas. He failed to know which would produce results. So Mayor Berry here are just a few good ideas. With any luck a democrat like Pete or Margaret will be able to put them into action during their term in office.
Cover the irrigation ditches in the South Valley with solar panels. It will provide clean energy and slow the loss of water. Get the farmers involved so that they can say that they are working hard to protect their natural resources.
Build an artificial lake near but Not in the Bosque, surround it with a board walk, add restaurants and shops. Call it something cool and promote it! All you need is a piece of land and a developer. You are in business and you can use any revenues created by the project to help protect the Bosque. Provide tour buses to the green spaces near the river and promote bird watching. Extend the little train between the Zoo and the Bio Park so that it takes people to the Hispanic Cultural Center, the airport and the boardwalk town square. Create a website that tells the world what a great place Albuquerque is to visit. Include a list of place to see, restaurants and shop to visit, and things to do in our great city. Add a map that directs people to all the great things to do in our city.
Create a weeklong event every year and promote it loudly between business owners in the city and engineers at Sandia National Labs. Hold it at the convention center in the city. Encourage business owners to talk with engineers on how to improve their businesses both with new technology and with improving their old technology. Promote Albuquerque as a world class environment for growing your business because we have the national labs at our fingertips for any business needs they might have in the future. No other city in the country can offer the intelligent or the educational skills of our national labs.
Promote cultural events all summer long. Encourage schools to plan things like music and drama in the parks. This could make our parks a lot safer since the homeless would be driven away by all the crowds. Ask local interest groups and promote events like sword fighting from the Society of Creative Anachronism, miniature war reenactments from the Civil War reenactment groups and/or Native dancing from the pueblos. Provide vender space so that shops can sell food and their goods at these events. You could even do it at the balloon park as well. Promote! Promote! Promote!
R.J. Berry has no ideas on how to run or promote a city the size of Albuquerque. Let’s find a person who will encourage business and bring back the jobs! A mayor may not create jobs but he or she can create an environment where business develops and thrives even in difficult economic times. Berry does nothing but blames others for his failures as a mayor.