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 …

Harry Pappas Manager of BioSafe Technologies LLC

Tech Commercialization Taking Off

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

UNM’s focus on technology commercialization is budding new and promising local companies like Biosafe Technologies LLC UNM turned its focus to technology commercialization three years ago with a visit to the University of Florida’s Innovation Square. That trip marked a distinct shift in UNM’s approach to commercializing research; the University was setting out to play a significant role in growing …

Picture of Policy Lab brochure

Policy Labs Driving Impact

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Data

Five Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative members traveled to Boston to learn about policy labs, a smart, cross-sector data collection model that is working across the country Economic growth is taking hold in Albuquerque—thanks to diverse efforts from community members, stakeholders, and new initiatives—and this year, that progress  will become much more measurable. Among other strategies, Albuquerque is exploring an opportunity recently offered  …

Mayor Berry shakes hands with developer

Innovate ABQ Breaks Ground

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

Innovate ABQ partners and developers break ground on the Lobo Rainforest building, kicking off the first phase at the core site The first of an anticipated four-phase development framework for the Innovate ABQ site kicked off last week with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Lobo Rainforest Building at the seven-acre site on the corner of Broadway Boulevard and Central Avenue. …

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 …

Debbie Johnson, CNM Director of Education

Unleashing Potential: CNM’s Big Plans

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Program first landed in Albuquerque in 2015. Developed from the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative’s (ELI) international curriculum, CNM harnessed the opportunity to build out a program based on the fundamental aspects of successful entrepreneurs. Shortly after the Program landed in Albuquerque, the City of Albuquerque became the first city in America to embrace entrepreneurial mindset training, capturing interest …

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 …

Robin Brulé speaking at Investment Connection

Co-Op Capital Meets the Sharks

City Alive Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Connecting People and Places, Finance

Nusenda presents success-driven case for co-op capital Late last month, Robin Brulé of Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative, Frank Mirabal, Director of Collective Impact at the Mayor’s Office, and Jennifer Riordan, AVP of Community Relations at Wells Fargo Bank presented to 50+ investors at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Investment Connection event. The three Albuquerque Living Cities Integration …

Group of people around table listening to Mayor's Prize winners' updates

Collaboration Afoot

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Three Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship winners provide interesting updates The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship is a new partnership between the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Prize, which amounted to just under $200,000.00 in 2015, seeks to support bold ideas that create and grow new companies in Albuquerque, but through the lens …