Will Netflix Really Benefit the Local Economy?

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business

This month Netflix announced its planned acquisition of ABQ Studios for $30 million. The deal promises to bring $1 billion in production to New Mexico over the next decade, creating up to 1,000 production jobs a year. Considering the New Mexico economy received $234.2 million in direct spending from the film industry last year, a new $100 million dollar infusion …

Synthia Jaramillo: Our Businesses Need to Reflect Our City’s Diversity

Sommer Smith Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity

By Synthia Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque | September 27, 2018 Albuquerque’s rich history and cultural diversity are unrivaled—they are what make us special. And as the City of Albuquerque’s first woman and first Latina Economic Development Director, it’s an honor to be part of this history. When Mayor Keller appointed me as the City of Albuquerque’s …

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Michelle Melendez – On Hispanic Heritage Month: The Complex Intersections of Race, Culture, History and Economy

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Policy Change, Racial Equity

By Michelle Melendez, Director of Equity and Inclusion, City of Albuquerque | September 27, 2018 Albuquerque’s rich history and cultural diversity are unrivaled—they are what make us special. And as the City of Albuquerque’s first woman and first Latina Economic Development Director, it’s an honor to be part of this history. When Mayor Keller appointed me as the City of …

7 Ways CNM Is Stoking the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Thema Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

By Diane Harrison-Ogawa, Director of Community Partnerships and Systems, CNM | July 5, 2018 We know that our community needs to embrace, nurture and support the entrepreneurial spirit right here in Albuquerque. That’s why CNM has created an environment where aspiring entrepreneurs are welcomed, encouraged and supported throughout their journey. As a partner in the City Alive initiative, CNM has …

The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Innovate ABQ

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June 5, 2018 June 7, 2018 June 7, 2018 Innovate ABQ, a seven-acre campus located at Central and Broadway, is something most in Albuquerque have heard of but few really know. Envisioned as a home to more than 600,000 square feet of laboratories, apartments, startup offices, makerspace and business incubators, it is a key part of the vision for Albuquerque’s …

Welcoming New Leaders to City Alive

Thema Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

This year marks an important moment in the evolution of our work. What began as a small Initiative four years ago has grown into a strong and dedicated cross-sector team of innovators taking on some of Albuquerque’s toughest economic challenges. This year we have expanded our leadership table to include a few pivotal members to collaborate on our goal of …

Philanthropy’s Clear Role in Local Economic Development

Thema Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

By Kelli Cooper, Vice President, Albuquerque Community Foundation | November 21, 2017 By Kelli Cooper, Vice President, Albuquerque Community Foundation | November 21, 2017 By Kelli Cooper, Vice President, Albuquerque Community Foundation | November 21, 2017 Around this time three years ago we were at the Epicenter at Innovate ABQ for our first Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship and I remember …

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With $1.5 Billion in Spending Power, Albuquerque Institutions Can Be Engines of Change

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  This strategy of encouraging large institutions to spend their dollars locally (for example purchasing paper from a local paper manufacturer or hiring a local demolition firm for construction needs) can dramatically improve results for all types of local businesses in Albuquerque. And the great thing about this strategy is that it does not require any increase in expenditures or …