People at a meeting

Encuentro’s Business Training by Immigrants for Immigrants

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity

Encuentro is working to create long-lasting resources for immigrant entrepreneurs This year, with help from The WK Kellogg Foundation, Encuentro has launched Apoyando Empresarios Immigrantes (Helping Immigrant Entrepreneurs), a 14-month fellowship program that mobilizes young immigrants to become experienced business instructors and consultants. Janette Peñuñuri, Small Business Development Program Manager at Encuentro, says the organization recognized a demand in the …

Living Cities and Integration Initiative directors in a meeting

Racial Equity in Albuquerque: What Does It Take

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Policy Change, Racial Equity

In February Albuquerque brought leaders in our community together to share insights with Living Cities on what it takes here to do racial equity work. In late February Living Cities and Integration Initiative directors from across the country visited Albuquerque for a two-day convening to touch base on challenges and opportunities in the work to drastically improve outcomes for low-income …

Artistic rendition of the future Lobo Rainforest

Second Major Tech Commercialization Entity Confirmed at Innovate ABQ

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

The Air Force Research Laboratory will be the relocating their Technology Engagement Office to the UNM Rainforest, making it the second major technology commercialization entity to locate at the site. The ground is broken and construction is clamoring to build the UNM Rainforest Building, the first building on the new Innovate ABQ site. And a new tenant of the Rainforest …

Hakim Ballamy and Robin Brulé

Two of Our Own Recognized as Disruptive Leaders

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Art, Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity

Robin Brulé and Hakim Bellamy are among 25 national leaders recognized by Living Cities for disruptive leadership Two Albuquerque trailblazers were named “Disruptive Leaders” by Living Cities this month, as part of the organization’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Robin Brulé and Hakim Bellamy were both chosen for the award after being nominated on social media using the hashtag #Disruptive25. The organization …

Lis Kuuttila

STC.UNM Helps Albuquerque Startups Gain Momentum

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship

STC.UNM is playing a crucial role in business, job and wealth creation in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization, has been around for more than a decade, but according to Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, the past four years have been a time of rapid growth and development – for …

Rick Rennie

Closing the Gaps: Teaching to Fish

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Rick Rennie, Asset Manager for HDIC Rick Rennie, I3 Table Member and Asset Manager for the Historic District Improvement Co., is no stranger to economic development and revitalization in Albuquerque. In addition to his work with Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, Rick works with HDIC, managing lofts and business spaces downtown and using real estate …

View of Downtown Albuquerque at night

Bridging the Digital Divide

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Technology, Technology Commercialization

The evolution of building a smart city Recent investments in Albuquerque’s digital infrastructure are poised to provide more access to affordable high-speed internet for businesses and households across Albuquerque and will facilitate the City’s plans for new digital services like smart LED street lighting, faster crime reporting and smart parking meters, said Peter Ambs, Chief Information Officer at the City …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

2016 Reflections from the ABQLC Steering Committee

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

ABQLC steering committee members Mayor Berry and Terry Laudick reflect on the Initiative’s progress in 2016. In 2013 we set a shared vision of job creation and economic mobility through innovation and entrepreneurship. Reflecting back on 2016, it is clear that making our vision a reality means creating conditions for economic growth while also focusing on equity and serving all …

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14 Highlights from 2016

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

A year in review – 2016 2016 was a year for us to remember, and we haven’t come this far to simply come this far. We are in this for the long haul. This work of changing systems and the ways they support people is a long-term challenge, but it is well worth every ounce of effort. We are already …

Olivia Padilla-Jackson speaking to class

Closing the Gaps: Questions and Answers

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

An Interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Olivia Padilla-Jackson, Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at the City of Albuquerque Olivia Padilla-Jackson, I3 Table Member and Deputy Director of Finance and Administration with the City of Albuquerque, is a question person. She has to be, she says, to do a job that is focused so much around data. She admits …