Lis Kuuttila

STC.UNM Helps Albuquerque Startups Gain Momentum

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

STC.UNM is playing a crucial role in business, job and wealth creation in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization, has been around for more than a decade, but according to Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, the past four years have been a time of rapid growth and development – for …

Rick Rennie

Closing the Gaps: Teaching to Fish

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Rick Rennie, Asset Manager for HDIC Rick Rennie, I3 Table Member and Asset Manager for the Historic District Improvement Co., is no stranger to economic development and revitalization in Albuquerque. In addition to his work with Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, Rick works with HDIC, managing lofts and business spaces downtown and using real estate …

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 …

View of Downtown Albuquerque at night

Bridging the Digital Divide

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

The evolution of building a smart city Recent investments in Albuquerque’s digital infrastructure are poised to provide more access to affordable high-speed internet for businesses and households across Albuquerque and will facilitate the City’s plans for new digital services like smart LED street lighting, faster crime reporting and smart parking meters, said Peter Ambs, Chief Information Officer at the City …

DermaTec CEO Anh-Dung Lee

Albuquerque Biotech Startup Gains National Attention

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

An Albuquerque based biotech business is gaining national attention and possibly saving lives through its ONUSblue patch, a wearable patch that can detect when and how much alcohol a wearer consumes. Albuquerque-based DermaTec is developing a patch that can detect alcohol through a person’s sweat. The patch, called ONUSblue, isn’t scheduled to be released until July, but the company has …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

2016 Reflections from the ABQLC Steering Committee

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

ABQLC steering committee members Mayor Berry and Terry Laudick reflect on the Initiative’s progress in 2016. In 2013 we set a shared vision of job creation and economic mobility through innovation and entrepreneurship. Reflecting back on 2016, it is clear that making our vision a reality means creating conditions for economic growth while also focusing on equity and serving all …

Side shot of three women smiling in a meeting

14 Highlights from 2016

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

A year in review – 2016 2016 was a year for us to remember, and we haven’t come this far to simply come this far. We are in this for the long haul. This work of changing systems and the ways they support people is a long-term challenge, but it is well worth every ounce of effort. We are already …