City Alive, a name inspired by poet and entrepreneur Hakim Bellamy, represents growth in Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative; with an eye to the past, we are working toward a future with opportunity for all in Albuquerque who seek it.
From when it was first spoken to a room of over a hundred volunteers who worked tirelessly to set our course to a healthier and more stable economy, City Alive has continued to signal evolution. It first came in the form of a poem, written and performed by Albuquerque’s first ever poet laureate Hakim Bellamy to honor our first year as a Living Cities Integration Initiative. Now, it represents our continued commitment to building a healthier and more stable economy, more living wage jobs and more income that reaches every household in Albuquerque.
City Alive is our commitment to Albuquerque.
The goal of economic self-sufficiency remains an elusive dream for far too many of our families, especially people of color. We believe there is a path to change our city, and reach Albuquerque’s potential as a place to live, work and prosper. That path builds upon the extraordinary work that people are already doing for entrepreneurs in our community and adds momentum as institutions & organizations take on our tough economic challenges though changing systems, reallocating resources and committing to racial and economic equity to better support people and our economic future.
Through coordinated efforts around innovation, education, entrepreneurship, access to capital and infrastructure improvements, City Alive and our partners are moving our city into a new age of prosperity together.
So here is to knowing where we come from, acknowledging the deep history of entrepreneurship that New Mexico was built upon and unlocking its potential to create jobs and economic opportunity for all in Albuquerque who seek it.