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 …

Two Nonprofits Recognized as Job Creators

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship and Healthy Neighborhoods ABQ recognized with City Alive Job Creator Award for their contributions to job growth in Albuquerque On July 20th two nonprofit programs were recognized for their contributions to Albuquerque’s job growth, which is now in its 43nd consecutive month of positive growth. Healthy Neighborhoods ABQ, a program led by UNM Health Sciences …

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

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“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 …

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 …

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez

How Do We Ensure Equity and Opportunity for All in Albuquerque?

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Video

How do we ensure equity and opportunity for all in Albuquerque? Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, UNM Professor, Department of Political Science and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy interviews with the Integration Initiative, focusing on the question: How do we ensure equity and opportunity, especially in systems that have created historical and systematic barriers to …

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 …

Mayor Berry talking to SxSW attendee

Albuquerque’s Mayor Berry Talks Racial Equity at SXSW

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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 …

Living Cities and Integration Initiative directors in a meeting

Racial Equity in Albuquerque: What Does It Take

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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 …

Historic photo of Albuquerque

History and Race in Albuquerque – Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, UNM

City Alive Policy Change, Racial Equity

We spoke with Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico, to gather insights into what unique historical perspectives and demographics Albuquerque must consider when approaching race equity and economic mobility. Gabriel Sanchez, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the …