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 …

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 …

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 …