New Mexico Gov. Martinez in Washington DC for economic development, investment conference

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is in Washington, D.C., to talk business.

Martinez is participating Monday in a panel discussion on opportunities for investing in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture in rural states.

It's part of a two-day conference organized by the U.S. Commerce Department and Select USA to bring together investors from around the world, government officials and others.

Martinez's office says she plans to address the American Bankers Association Summit on Tuesday before returning to New Mexico.

The governor is fresh off a bitter legislative session in which lawmakers failed to approve nearly $270 million in public works projects, many of which included infrastructure improvements around the state.

Lawmakers did approve a $6.2 billion budget that included money for attracting businesses to New Mexico. The budget is awaiting Martinez's approval.

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