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 …

Robin Brulé speaking at HUD Secretary's Award ceremony

National Award Received by Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

On April 25, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) announced that Nusenda Foundation and City Alive, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, were among 10 winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. This award is a huge honor, celebrating the power of partnership and exceptional organizations that are laying a strong …

Data Check-In: Here’s Where ABQ Stands

abqlcadmin Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Connecting People and Places, Data, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

Since 2013, Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative has been working on creating more jobs and prosperity in Albuquerque, from the ground up. Here’s where Albuquerque stands. The Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative is focused on collecting and reviewing three different types of data: long-term outcomes focused on wide-spread job creation and economic mobility, medium-term outcomes focused on growing businesses, and …

Two people at technology showcase

New Mexico Ranks Number One For Science and Tech…

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

New Mexico leads the nation in science and technology assets, and bringing that technology to markets is one of the keys to economic growth in our state. Lisa Kuttula, president and CEO of STC.UNM–UNM’s technology transfer and economic development arm–talks about how we can better connect to the wealth of laboratory and research resources available thoruhgout New Mexico. Filmed at …

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 …