Mayor Gayle McLaughlin:
We are excited to host the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Second Campus in Richmond. There was a long wait and a lot of anticipation, but I must say to LBNL: you made an excellent choice!
Richmond is the best place for LBNL because we are already transforming into a green and sustainable city.
-We are an official green city of the state of California.
-We are number one in the Bay Area for solar installed per capita.
-We are home to many innovative green and clean tech businesses. In fact, we have over 50 core green businesses.
-Richmond is home to world-renowned workforce development programs and green job training.
We look forward to partnering with LBNL in many ways.
-We look forward to the good-paying construction jobs this will create.
-We also look forward to partnering with LBNL on removing the remaining toxins at the site.
-We look forward to partnering also on projects that bring about community benefit. I know I've heard the Lab say they are willing to engage in such projects.
-And we also look forward to providing our Richmond amenities to Lab employees: such as our great restaurants, our easy access to modes of transportation (including BART, AC Transit, and Amtrak) as well as our Bay Trail and bike and pedestrian trails throughout the City. We have 32 miles of shoreline, more than any other city along the bay, and as you can see this 2nd campus will be located at a beautiful scenic site here on our shoreline.
I would like to end by thanking, first and foremost, the entire Richmond community who unified to show our support for LBNL coming to Richmond. I would also like to thank the Richmond City Council, especially Councilmember Jeff Ritterman for taking the lead on this. Thank you also to all our city staff whose dedicated work helped make this happen, including Bill Lindsay and Shasa Curl in the City Manager's Office and all our department heads and employees, so many of whom are here today.
Once again, we are excited that LBNL has chosen Richmond. We are most definitely a great fit. And with that, I would simply like to say: Welcome LBNL to the innovative city of Richmond!
Council Member Jeff Ritterman:
My hope is that the grand vistas of the Richmond Field Station and the intelligently designed campus which will be built there will inspire some of the world's most creative minds to make the scientific breakthroughs that will lead us toward environmental restoration and equitable economic development. Richmond and other cities in the bay area can house the clean tech and green tech companies which will emerge to translate these scientific breakthroughs into goods and services while providing well paying jobs.
How did we attract LBNL against some pretty tough competition?
Clearly one reason was that that the community came together and mobilized to put Richmond forward. Here is how Berkeleyside put it. The same sentiments are in the New York Times.
In late September and early October, Dr. Jeff Ritterman, a member of the Richmond City Council, went down to Berkeley West Biocenter on Potter Street, one of the divisions of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Both times, Dr. Ritterman arrived before 8 am and staked out a spot in front of the entrance. As scientists came to work, Dr. Ritterman handed them a 4×6 postcard with a picture of the Richmond shoreline, signed by a resident of that city. It was a pitch for placing LBNL's second campus in Richmond.
"I knew the decision would be important to (lab) employees," said Dr. Ritterman, who served as head of cardiology at Kaiser Richmond for 30 years and became a city councilman in 2009. "I knew people had some concerns about Richmond and I wanted to reassure them and make an extra effort."
While Dr. Ritterman's outreach efforts were only a small part of the city's pitch to lure Berkeley Lab to town, it was emblematic of the city's enthusiasm. On Monday, at a press conference in Richmond packed with lab officials, city employees, a Congressman, a state senator, the UC Berkeley Chancellor and other dignitaries, it became official: the second campus of the LBNL will be in Richmond. The city beat out Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda.
Richmond's eagerness for the second campus apparently played an important role in the city's selection. Speaker after speaker mentioned the huge crowds that attended the information sessions or expressed their support in other ways.
"An outstanding show of community support occurred in Richmond," said Paul Alivisatos, the director of the lab.
In other words the buttons symbolized
what we wanted and how we did it.