Berkeley Lab Comes to Richmond
Earlier this year, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced that that Richmond, California will be home to the federal Lab's second campus. In August, George joined Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Robert Hatheway, Assistant Vice Chancellor RESO UC Berkeley to the site where the second campus will be located at the Richmond Field Station
The site is located just off Highway 80 in Richmond and was chosen in a highly competitive process between sites around the East Bay. George has been supporting the efforts of business, education, and civic leaders in their bid to bring the federal lab's second campus to our community.
George know that the community where Rosie the Riveter proclaimed "we can do it" is a city that can still do it and a city that will see economic growth and new jobs, new innovations, and new discoveries because of this announcement. In early 2011, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) issued a request for qualificationsfor sites in the Bay Area for a second campus location.
According to LBNL, 20% of their 4,200-person workforce is dispersed at sites throughout the Bay Area. The Lab seeks space to consolidate these personnel at a permanent second location in the Bay Area and provide for new discoveries and for the continued economic growth that they generate. Working alongside Richmond city officials and local business, labor, and education leaders, we worked throughout 2011 to make the case that Richmond would be the best site for the new campus.
The Berkeley Lab, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University of California, is one of the Bay Area’s largest employers, and their cutting-edge work in clean energy and energy efficiency has a proven track record of driving innovation and creating new industries and new jobs.