Monday, July 25, 2011

Richmond puts on charm offensive to woo Berkeley Lab

"Renaissance" was the watchword Thursday at a packed reception for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. About 700 residents packed into the Richmond Auditorium to help convince lab representatives that this city is in the midst of a turnaround, and urge them to build their planned second campus here. The new campus, which is expected to accommodate more than 800 workers and generate more than $200 million in spending impacts, is the first project in recent memory to unite all corners of the city in support. Richmond leaders took advantage of its town hall meeting, a requirement for each of the six finalists, to tout the city's successes in luring green industry and restoring local landmarks such as the Richmond Plunge. More>