Hakim Bellamy Reading Poem City Alive

The Story of City Alive

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

City Alive, a name inspired by poet and entrepreneur Hakim Bellamy, represents growth in Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative; with an eye to the past, we are working toward a future with opportunity for all in Albuquerque who seek it. From when it was first spoken to a room of over a hundred volunteers who worked tirelessly to set our course to …

Two people sitting in library

Economy, Meet Education

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

To reach the goal of creating 10,000 new, living wage jobs by 2025 we must change the game. Not only do we need more companies to start and grow here, we also have to ensure that Albuquerque has the skilled workforce it needs for these companies to thrive. This is the spot where economic development and education meet. And now, …

Three attendees at the Buy Local job fair

First “Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

“Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair attended by over 200 local business owners and employees to learn about work with Albuquerque anchor institutions. To kick off Small Business Week, Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, alongside the City of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque Public Schools, Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of …

Robin Brulé speaking at HUD Secretary's Award ceremony

National Award Received by Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative

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

On April 25, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) announced that Nusenda Foundation and City Alive, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, were among 10 winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. This award is a huge honor, celebrating the power of partnership and exceptional organizations that are laying a strong …

Data Check-In: Here’s Where ABQ Stands

abqlcadmin Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Connecting People and Places, Data, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

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. The Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative is focused on collecting and reviewing three different types of data: long-term outcomes focused on wide-spread job creation and economic mobility, medium-term outcomes focused on growing businesses, and …

Emprendedores graduates

ABQ Program For Immigrant Entrepreneurs Receives National Funding

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Emprendedores Program receives national funding. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial training course, Emprendedores, was awarded funding this year from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank. The Emprendedores program, which kicked off in 2014, was the first of its kind in the state. Emprendedores focuses on …

Elspeth Kirkman, BIT

Three Behavioral Barriers To Accessing Capital

City Alive Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Policy Change

The Co-Op Capital Program is taking the behavioral sciences into account with the support of the Behavioural Insights Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies and What Works Cities. This year, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative has been lucky to work on honing the Co-op Capital program to best serve its intent with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company based out of the …

People at a meeting

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 …

Mayor Berry talking to SxSW attendee

Albuquerque’s Mayor Berry Talks Racial Equity at SXSW

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Policy Change, Racial Equity

In March, Albuquerque’s Mayor R.J. Berry attended SXSW to speak on racial equity and the power of city government alongside Nadia Owusu of Living Cities. This month, Mayor Berry joined city leaders, innovators and celebrities from across the country – and from across New Mexico – to discuss innovation, policy and racial equity at Austin’s SxSW festival. Though the festival …