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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 …

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Second Major Tech Commercialization Entity Confirmed at Innovate ABQ

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

The Air Force Research Laboratory will be the relocating their Technology Engagement Office to the UNM Rainforest, making it the second major technology commercialization entity to locate at the site. The ground is broken and construction is clamoring to build the UNM Rainforest Building, the first building on the new Innovate ABQ site. And a new tenant of the Rainforest …

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Data: Tracking Impact and Results

City Alive Capital and Financing, Data, Video

Olivia Padilla-Jackson, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance at the City of Albuquerque, discusses the importance of data collection in the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative’s long-term effort to impact job creation and economic mobility in Albuquerque.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …