Emprendedores graduates

ABQ Program For Immigrant Entrepreneurs Receives National Funding

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Emprendedores Program receives national funding. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial training course, Emprendedores, was awarded funding this year from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank. The Emprendedores program, which kicked off in 2014, was the first of its kind in the state. Emprendedores focuses on …

Elspeth Kirkman, BIT

Three Behavioral Barriers To Accessing Capital

City Alive Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Policy Change

The Co-Op Capital Program is taking the behavioral sciences into account with the support of the Behavioural Insights Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies and What Works Cities. This year, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative has been lucky to work on honing the Co-op Capital program to best serve its intent with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company based out of the …

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 …

Sythia Jaramillo of ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce on Racial Equity

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity, Video

Over the past two years the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been lobbying to create more economic opportunities for local minority, women and veteran owned businesses as well as small disadvantaged businesses. Their main strategy, the HUBDO Program, proposes that historically underutilized businesses—or hubs—gain better access to city, county and state procurement opportunities.

Mayor Berry talking to SxSW attendee

Albuquerque’s Mayor Berry Talks Racial Equity at SXSW

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

In March, Albuquerque’s Mayor R.J. Berry attended SXSW to speak on racial equity and the power of city government alongside Nadia Owusu of Living Cities. This month, Mayor Berry joined city leaders, innovators and celebrities from across the country – and from across New Mexico – to discuss innovation, policy and racial equity at Austin’s SxSW festival. Though the festival …

Racial Equity meeting

Racial Equity at City of Albuquerque

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity, Video

Albuquerque is reshaping government by advancing racial equity. In partnership with Living Cities and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, CABQ is looking at the power of government to change systems to improve outcomes for people of color, as well as improving outcomes for everyone.

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 …

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 …