Woman presenting

The Next Phase

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Design, Technology

Albuquerque is setting the stage for implementation The Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative announced a new Implementation Table this week to guide the Initiative through to the next phase. The Table, which will first convene on March 17th, is comprised of some familiar and some new faces; participants include both planning year table chairs as well as new members who bring specific expertise or …

The Go-Girls pose with Mayor Richard Berry

The Go Girls: Hautepreneurs is empowering women CEOs

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Both Lisa Abeyta and Jessica Eaves Mathews are not only good at seeing potential for economic growth in Albuquerque, they are good at harnessing it, and, like the serial entrepreneurs they are, building from it. Lisa and Jessica are the masterminds behind Hautepreneurs, New Mexico’s first and only women-focused business accelerator. Hautepreneurs offers education programs, networking opportunities, and events that …

Three women from WESST

A Piece of the Pie

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

WESST’s vision for the creative economy The creative economy in New Mexico goes back centuries, and the folks at WESST will be some of the first to tell you that it has huge economic potential today. However, potential is not quite enough to help New Mexicans bring home “the bacon”. And that is where Creative PIE, the program that landed …

Gary Oppedahl, Director of the Economic Development Department speaks to crowd at Tractor Brewing

Pedal to the Metal

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator Two years ago in Albuquerque the word “accelerator” probably conjured images of fast cars and open roads. But those days are numbered as Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator into a growing entrepreneurship ecosystem. Soon the word “accelerator” will be synonymous with the quickened pace of growing start-ups. The most recent addition to the business accelerator cohort …

Alison Gold, Manager of Leadership Education, Presidio Institute at Presidio Trust

The Case Study

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Albuquerque’s cross sector leadership featured nationally You know how they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” Well, if the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative were a human, she’d be blushing. Few know this, but last year Albuquerque Living Cities’ work was featured as a case study in a national course called Introduction to Cross Sector Leadership. The course, offered by the …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

All Boats Rise: The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Community Foundation just closed their application period for a new grant, and this one is a little different. The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship–built out of a partnership between the City of Albuquerque, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation–funds nonprofits that are contributing to Albuquerque’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The prize, which amounts to a total of $200,000.00 this …

Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate

The Chicken and Egg: Mission:Graduate and the Albuquerque Workforce

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

Here is one of those ‘chicken or the egg’ moments: what comes first, a skilled workforce or jobs to employ that workforce? This burning question is at the core of a strong partnership that has developed between Mission: Graduate and the Albuquerque Integration Initiative. Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career education partnership that boldly aspires to add 60,000 new college degrees …

Shelle Sanchez speaking to guest

Shelle Sanchez: Continuing the Conversation

City Alive Art, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The members of the Culture of Entrepreneurship and Inclusion table agreed, whether or not Albuquerque ended up being invited into the second phase of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, their members would continue their conversations. Though officially disbanded, “[the table] was an honest representation of the community and its perspectives. It was an interesting place to have these conversations about …

ART

Interconnection: Albuquerque to break ground on a transformative transit system

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Policy Change

This month the City of Albuquerque announced plans to break ground on ART, Albuquerque’s new rapid transit system. The announcement came after news that ART received recommendation of a Federal Transit Administration Small Starts Capital Grant and is included in President Obama’s budget proposal to congress this year. Once approved through the congressional budget process, the grant—along with money set …

The Cinco Amigos of Concours du Soleil

Cross-sector Collaboration and “Driving to the Future”

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

Recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank shows the most deciding factor in revitalizing cities is the ability for leaders to work across sectors over a sustained period of time with a comprehensive vision. The Albuquerque Community Foundation’s pivot with their Concours du Soleil fundraiser last year is a testament to the success of this approach. Here’s the story: The …