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A New Incubator Model: People First, Business Second

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

By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 By Josue Olivares, Executive Director, South Valley Economic Development Center | May 22, 2018 Excited startup owners of all ages and ethnicities come through our doors at the South Valley Economic Development …

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 …

People standing at City Alive meeting

The 5 Most Common Questions, Answered

Thema Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

By City Alive Staff | September 20, 2017 By City Alive Staff | September 20, 2017 By City Alive Staff | October 17, 2017 City Alive’s North Star is homegrown job creation. Our goal is to add 10,000 net new jobs by the year 2025. These 10,000 jobs are defined as living-wage jobs that create opportunities for low income people …

Baltimore

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

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

  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 …

InnovationAcademy

Lobo Labs: A New Course for Student Entrepreneurs

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

  One of the goals of the innovationAcademy is to change the way UNM teaches based on the way students learn. Its curriculum is centered on experiential, in-the-field training that cuts across disciplines and breaks out of the classroom, placing students in contact with established businesses and entrepreneurs. The innovationAcademy rounded out its first year with over 420 students in …

Lobo Rainforest

A Rainforest in the Desert

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Talent and Skill Development

The Lobo Rainforest building will have its grand opening this month. The name—inspired by the idea of a biome—is a symbol and hope of what is to come to Albuquerque. Ecosystem is a common metaphor used to describe the conditions in which businesses start and grow. And the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albuquerque is expanding this month with the opening of …

Lisa Adkins

Technology Commercialization: Can it be easy?

Lisa Adkins Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

The potential to create startups from the research and technology we have sitting right here in our backyard is too big of an opportunity to overlook. A few years ago, after City Alive’s planning year, poet Hakim Bellamy wrote, “There’s a city inside me, and it’s alive.” I couldn’t have said it better. Our work and our city are living, …

Molino Project Launches Its Pilot

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Data, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Talent and Skill Development

City Alive’s Molino Project is launching its pilot project focused on increasing connections across Albuquerque’s business support agencies. Streamlining the process for entrepreneurs who are starting or scaling up a business has been on our minds since we got started in 2014. Over the last three years we have been working with partners to identify areas where City Alive could …

Hakim Bellamy Reading Poem City Alive

The Story of City Alive

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

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 …

Three attendees at the Buy Local job fair

First “Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

“Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair attended by over 200 local business owners and employees to learn about work with Albuquerque anchor institutions. To kick off Small Business Week, Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, alongside the City of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque Public Schools, Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of …