June 16, 2021 Press Releases

ICYMI: Sec. Granholm, Mayor Gallego Tout Biden’s American Jobs Plan as the “Key to Seizing on a Transformational Moment for the Economy”

PHOENIX –– Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego held a briefing to discuss the Biden administration’s plan to build the country’s infrastructure back better through President Biden’s popular and bipartisan American Jobs Plan and how the transformational proposal benefits Arizona.

During their conversation about the once-in-a-generation infrastructure proposal, Secretary Granholm highlighted the importance of the American Jobs Plan’s investment to help the U.S. win the race for clean energy technology while simultaneously creating millions of good-paying jobs:

  • “President Biden’s vision is a bold vision. It calls for a more prosperous and equitable and inclusive future, and that depends on this American Jobs Plan….It is the key to seizing on a transformational moment for our economy.” 
  • “The plan is going to invest hundreds of billions of dollars to, for example, modernize our electrical grid to make that grid run on clean power and improve the resilience of the grid for those who are in extreme climate-prone areas…It’s going to put us at the global forefront of clean energy research and development, and it’s going to rebuild this domestic manufacturing background and shore up the supply chain for critical minerals and materials, and so much more….”
  • “…these investments will spark an economic revolution because clean energy already employs three million people nationwide, and with the American Jobs Plan, we’re going to create good-paying opportunities for millions of more people, and these are jobs that will lift families up, remake the middle-class, strengthen our economy, and revitalize entire communities along the way.”

At the end of the briefing, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego encouraged local business leaders to support President Biden’s American Jobs Plan that would build upon her progress, bring even more jobs to Phoenix, and allow us to rebuild and reimagine Arizona’s infrastructure.

A graduate of the Wharton School, Mayor Gallego also highlighted how large corporations and the thousands of jobs that come with them have come to Phoenix as she has secured funding for clean, quality infrastructure projects—and how additional federal funding would help create even more well-paying, green jobs.