Shelle Sanchez speaking to guest

Shelle Sanchez: Continuing the Conversation

City Alive Art, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The members of the Culture of Entrepreneurship and Inclusion table agreed, whether or not Albuquerque ended up being invited into the second phase of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, their members would continue their conversations. Though officially disbanded, “[the table] was an honest representation of the community and its perspectives. It was an interesting place to have these conversations about …

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Interconnection: Albuquerque to break ground on a transformative transit system

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Policy Change

This month the City of Albuquerque announced plans to break ground on ART, Albuquerque’s new rapid transit system. The announcement came after news that ART received recommendation of a Federal Transit Administration Small Starts Capital Grant and is included in President Obama’s budget proposal to congress this year. Once approved through the congressional budget process, the grant—along with money set …

Jennifer Riordan of Wells Fargo talking

Jennifer Riordan On Moolah, Dough, Dinero

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship, Finance

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. It may start with an idea. It may evolve around resources. But it always comes down to capital. So goes it for Albuquerque. So goes it for the businesses that we need to employ …

Pilar Westell, Zendo’s owner

Coffee Is Life: Pilar Westell’s Zendo

City Alive Art, Business, Entrepreneurship

Thinking back, one of the most curious things about the ‘90s was the coffee shop that stood backdrop to so many scenes in TV’s Friends. Aside from Monica’s apartment, the friends would cascade into the Central Perk coffee shop to talk the latest gossip, commiserate with each other on whatever that week’s plot point was, and altogether socialize. I mean, …

Randy Asselin holding an iPad, soda and hotdogs

The Roots of a Tech Business

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Randy Asselin is the founder of Bubandu, a platform that exists in the cloud and allows companies to interact with consumers by sending app-like content from the cloud to their mobile devices. If you are not part of the technology in-crowd, this might sound mysterious and vague. It also might have you wondering how exactly it is people start technology …

Rob DelCampo of Innovation Academy at desk

On Being Innovative

City Alive Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Many will say that higher education is based on systems that don’t provide the most inspiring experiences for students. But the University of New Mexico’s new Innovation Academy is taking a step outside of the often mechanical mindset that prevails in higher education. The man behind the monkey wrench? No other than Rob DelCampo, former Associate Dean of the UNM …

The Cinco Amigos of Concours du Soleil

Cross-sector Collaboration and “Driving to the Future”

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

Recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank shows the most deciding factor in revitalizing cities is the ability for leaders to work across sectors over a sustained period of time with a comprehensive vision. The Albuquerque Community Foundation’s pivot with their Concours du Soleil fundraiser last year is a testament to the success of this approach. Here’s the story: The …

Two men picking lettuce in a greenhouse

Apps and Oranges: Parallels in the Seemingly Unalike

City Alive Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

Upon first glance, Joseph Alfaro and Lisa Abeyta wouldn’t appear to have a whole lot in common. Joseph is from the South Valley of Albuquerque. He’s often a little dusty, with a healthy tan and work-worn hands from the early morning maintenance of his farm. Lisa, on the other hand, wears a business suit and when not out building bridges …

Picture of the Brothers Alvarez

The Refreshing Qualities of the Brothers Alvarez

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

Pop Fizz is one of the most colorful paleterías to ever grace Albuquerque’s scene. Lorenzo and Carlos Alvarez started the business in 2013, opening up shop on the threshold of the South Valley. Carlos always wanted to own a business. He’d gone to school for it, but prior to Pop Fizz, he found himself working for a technologies company. Similarly, …

Picture of Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Times: Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

She’s camera shy. That’s about as shy as Arellana Cordero gets. Though her father, Frank Barela, started Cocina Azul in 2009, Arellana has boldly made it what it is today. Her strengths? Day- to-day operations, marketing, organizing, policies and procedures. She emits audacity and cool composure. Arellana and her family have been called ‘serial entrepreneurs’; they’ve had insurance agencies, moving …