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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: November 11, 2021

Contact: Danielle Casey, AED, dcasey@abq.org,  602-332-8511

Marcos Gonzales Named Public Service Leadership Award Recipient
Awards Program Recognizes Leadership in Economic Development

Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. announced Marcos Gonzales, Bernalillo County Economic Development Assistant Director, as the Public Service Leadership Award recipient for the third annual 505 Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals that are making exceptional contributions to economic growth and prosperity in the Albuquerque metro area, resulting in improvements to the region’s overall economic strength.

The Public Service Leadership Award, sponsored by PNC, recognizes a current or former public official or public employee who has served as a committed supporter of economic development efforts over a period of at least three years.

“Marcos Gonzales has demonstrated incredible commitment to expanding the economic development of Bernalillo County and the greater Albuquerque metro area, and we congratulate him and extend our gratitude for his efforts,” said Danielle Casey, AED President & CEO.

“Thank you for honoring me with this award. It is a privilege to serve the people of New Mexico by working with businesses to further develop our economy for shared benefit,” said Gonzales. “One reason New Mexico is a great place to live is because its strong business community in partnership with local government provides opportunity for everyone.”

Honorees were selected from nominations that took place in the summer. Nominations were open from any source, and to be considered, nominees were required to accept their nominations and provide follow-up documentation of their work.

Gonzales, along with the remaining 505 Awards honorees, will be recognized at the inaugural celebration from 6–9pm on December 9 at Hotel Albuquerque. The event, sponsored by True Health New Mexico, will combine AED’s annual business meeting, a year in review presentation, a look ahead to the future, and the 505 Awards celebration.

To attend the 2021 Inaugural Annual Dinner, where honorees will be recognized, or for more information on awards categories, eligibility requirements or judging criteria, visit https://www.abq.org/2021dinner/.

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About AED

AED is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit business and industry, help local companies grow and generate quality job opportunities throughout the Albuquerque metro area. AED provides confidential assistance to businesses considering the area for expansion and new investment. Since its creation in 1960, AED has recruited more than 250 companies and more than 35,000 jobs to the Albuquerque metro area. AED also provides retention and expansion assistance to existing industry. For more information about AED, visit www.abq.org.

THE 505 AWARDS: LEADERSHIP IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

About The 505 Awards

The Leadership in Economic Development Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that are making exceptional contributions to economic growth and prosperity.