News ItemOctober Park Post 2016

New Leadership at KPC – Elizabeth Driggers, an attorney who has been a field representative for U.S. Senator Tom Udall since 2009, has been named executive director of the Kirtland Partnership Committee (KPC). She replaced longtime KPC executive director Stuart Purviance. Elizabeth will be responsible for the daily operations of the organization. The KPC is a nonprofit organization of civic leaders incorporated in 1996 to preserve and expand KAFB. The organization addresses issues of common concern with KAFB, the Pentagon, New Mexico Congressional delegation, City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, State of New Mexico, and others. KAFB has a total annual economic impact of $7.6 billion dollars.


SS&TP Monument Sign – Recognize and share stellar accomplishments, service anniversaries, corporate milestones, contract awards with fellow Park residents. Effective this month, the Sandia Science & Technology Park
Development Corporation offers limited space on the Park entry monument sign to acknowledge special events and tenant successes. Please send submittals and dates by the close of the month prior to posting date to Linda von Boetticher at


CENTER FOR COLLABORATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION – An Entrepreneur Exploration Roundtable featuring the science of beer with Abbey Brewing Company was held in August at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Berkeley T. Merchant, General Manager of Abbey Brewing, shared Abbey’s unique entrepreneurial success story and the brewery’s origin in the remote mountains of Northern New Mexico. He described how a new species of hops, discovered on an Embudo, New Mexico hiking trail, can trace its genetic roots back to China and Manchuria and how it’s flavors enhance some of the Abbey Brewing Company’s craft beers. The session included a talk about the interactions between beer and food and how different mixtures of the same basic ingredients — hops, barley, yeast, and water — create the entire palette of beer flavors for all the 4,300 breweries now operating in the United States. Over 50 people attended the Roundtable.

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