Governor Bill Richardson is traveling today to Madrid, Spain, to participate in
several high-level meetings with business and political leaders in an aggressive effort to recruit jobs and investments to New Mexico.
Governor Richardson will meet with several business leaders, including solar and wind energy CEO's who are exploring opportunities to invest in the United States.
United States Ambassador Alan D. Solomont will host a reception with prominent business leaders. Governor Richardson will also attend a luncheon with Asociación Empresarial Fotovoltaica, an association of the12 leading large-scale solar development companies. Governor Richardson will also meet with representatives of Renovalia and representatives of Eco Energias.
Governor Richardson will attend a luncheon hosted by Abengoa, which has a presence in New Mexico and a dinner meeting hosted by GA Solar/Gestamp Solar.
An example of Spanish investment in New Mexico is the decision by GA Solar to locate a $1 billion generation facility in Guadalupe County. The Governor's 2008 promotional trip provided exposure to the State's great solar resources and the Governor's commitment to green energy.
Governor Richardson will meet Tuesday with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He will also meet with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The Governor will also meet separately with former Prime Ministers José Maria Aznar and Felipe González, as well as former Vice President Francisco Alvarez Cascos.
"We are building on our relationships with Spain as we continue to pursue jobs and investment for New Mexico," Governor Bill Richardson said. "We are building a successful clean energy industry in New Mexico and I am counting on Spain, the world's number two wind energy producer, to play a key role in that development."
During this week's trip, Governor Richardson will participate with Ambassador Solomont in a news conference to highlight a new exhibit of Spanish documents dating from the Spanish colonization of the south and southwest United States. The State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad, which is responsible for the promotion of Spanish culture abroad, will be sending the exhibit in October to Santa Fe, El Paso and New Orleans.
Governor Richardson will also deliver the master lecture at the prestigious Rafael del Pino Foundation.
Governor Richardson will return to New Mexico on Friday. The foundation is paying the Governor's travel expenses.