Mayor walks back job announcement after unveiling economic development plan
July 20, 2018 06:27 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is walking back his announcement about hundreds of jobs moving downtown.
“We did just announce 500 new jobs that we're bringing to downtown Albuquerque. That is awesome,” Keller initially said.
The mayor said the Albuquerque Development Commission approved an incentive package for new businesses to relocate to downtown Albuquerque. However, there are still several things that need to happen before a company makes the move.
"It’s still got to go council, the county has to work on it, so we're celebrating a first step,” Keller later said.
One of the companies considering the move to Albuquerque is TaskUs, Inc., a technology company.
“We are thrilled that TaskUs is seriously considering downtown Albuquerque for this expansion opportunity, and are hopeful that we will be able to bring this project to fruition,” Governor Susana Martinez said in a statement, which was released after Keller's announcement.
The press release says TaskUs, Inc. would bring 700 jobs Albuquerque.
Keller is also quoted in the press release. He said, "Our taxpayer-funded incentives are best utilized on companies like this looking to expand and hopefully make a home here in Albuquerque.”
Updated: July 20, 2018 06:27 PM
Created: July 20, 2018 05:20 PM
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