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 …

Racial Equity meeting

Racial Equity at City of Albuquerque

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity, Video

Albuquerque is reshaping government by advancing racial equity. In partnership with Living Cities and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, CABQ is looking at the power of government to change systems to improve outcomes for people of color, as well as improving outcomes for everyone.

Hakim Ballamy and Robin Brulé

Two of Our Own Recognized as Disruptive Leaders

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Art, Connecting People and Places, Racial Equity

Robin Brulé and Hakim Bellamy are among 25 national leaders recognized by Living Cities for disruptive leadership Two Albuquerque trailblazers were named “Disruptive Leaders” by Living Cities this month, as part of the organization’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Robin Brulé and Hakim Bellamy were both chosen for the award after being nominated on social media using the hashtag #Disruptive25. The organization …

View of Downtown Albuquerque

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 …

Rick Rennie

Closing the Gaps: Teaching to Fish

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Rick Rennie, Asset Manager for HDIC Rick Rennie, I3 Table Member and Asset Manager for the Historic District Improvement Co., is no stranger to economic development and revitalization in Albuquerque. In addition to his work with Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, Rick works with HDIC, managing lofts and business spaces downtown and using real estate …

View of Downtown Albuquerque at night

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 …