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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 …

Synthia Jaramillo teaching a class

Closing the Gaps: Bringing Inclusiveness to Entrepreneurship

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

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Synthia Jaramillo, Chief Operating Officer of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce For the past few years, Albuquerque has received national attention for its growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and growth in small business. But if you ask Synthia Jaramillo, COO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and I3 Leadership Table member for Albuquerque’s …

Synthia Jaramillo speaking at meeting

Hub Policy Change

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Business, Policy Change, Racial Equity

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce lobbies to change how our government supports small business—and for the better Over the past two years the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been toiling away behind the scenes, 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 …

Robin Brulé speaking with two people

A City In Bloom

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

The Albuquerque Integration Initiative was paid a visit from Living Cities last week to connect on our work together to help Albuquerque “bloom” into a desirable place to live, work and prosper On Tuesday, August 9th, members of the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative met with national Living Cities leaders to discuss the results of the Initiative since Albuquerque was selected …

Community Development flyer

Co-Op Capital and the Fed

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Finance, Policy Change

Robin Brulé, Nusenda’s Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President shares Co-op Capital Concept at the fed’s regional symposium On Wednesday, June 15th, Nusenda Credit Union participated at the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Regional Symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This invitation-only symposium in Memphis Tennessee targeted CDFI practitioners across the …

Olivia Padilla-Jackson speaking to class

Data Gaps Meet Their Match

City Alive Data, Policy Change

Olivia Padilla-Jackson, CABQ’s Deputy Director of Finance, brings a wealth of experience and data-creativity to the Integration Initiative Olivia Padilla-Jackson, the City’s Deputy Director of Finance, makes data about the coolest thing since sliced bread. Her passion for collecting and tracking data is palpable and informed by a broad background in federal, state, and city government. Her work experience spans …

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Civic Tech: Big plans at Albuquerque’s City Accelerator

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

In May of 2015, Albuquerque was selected by Living Cities as one of the six U.S. cities to implement a City Accelerator program. This program seeks to inspire innovative methods of creating economic opportunities for low-income populations across the country. Initially, the City Acceler- ator in Albuquerque focused on the business climate for local immigrant entrepreneurs. But in true “listen, …

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 …