Olivia Padilla-Jackson speaking to class

Closing the Gaps: Questions and Answers

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

An Interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Olivia Padilla-Jackson, Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at the City of Albuquerque Olivia Padilla-Jackson, I3 Table Member and Deputy Director of Finance and Administration with the City of Albuquerque, is a question person. She has to be, she says, to do a job that is focused so much around data. She admits …

Mayor Richard Berry with 5 others

Sandia Science & Tech Park Generates Thousands of Jobs

City Alive Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Earlier this month Albuquerque was abuzz with a report by the Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) on the economic impact of the Sandia Science and Technology Park. And with good reason. Since it was established in 1998, the Sandia Science and Technology Park has generated over $2.6 billion in economic activity and created thousands of high paying jobs in …

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 …

Winners of the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship

Mayor’s Prize Awards $200K

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The second annual Mayor’s Prize doles out big bucks to organizations creating a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albuquerque Four Albuquerque organizations won a total of $200,000 this month as part of the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship. The prize – funded by a partnership between the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the City of Albuquerque – supports …

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. …

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 …

Man speaking at podium

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, …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

All Boats Rise: The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Community Foundation just closed their application period for a new grant, and this one is a little different. The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship–built out of a partnership between the City of Albuquerque, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation–funds nonprofits that are contributing to Albuquerque’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The prize, which amounts to a total of $200,000.00 this …