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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 …

Vanessa Roanhorse of Roanhorse Consulting

Native Entrepreneurship

City Alive Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship, Finance

Creating robust business development support systems for Native American entrepreneurs and business owners is on its way in Albuquerque. The time to create robust systems for Native American entrepreneurship is ripe according to Vanessa Roanhorse, the principal at Roanhorse Consulting, LLC. Vanessa, who is originally from Window Rock, AZ, the capital of the Navajo Nation, is one of the key …

Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate

Closing the Gaps: One Person at a Time

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Education

An interview with Integration Initiative I3 member, Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate The Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative has big goals. The Initiative and its coalition of the willing are working to reduce the percentage of the population working public sector jobs, reduce unemployment, and create 10,000 new jobs in Albuquerque, all by 2025. With goals of that …

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 …

Lisa Abeyta, Co-Founder APPCityLife

Entrepreneurial Connections and Technology

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

The City of Albuquerque has brought on two tech firms to deploy mobile applications that will help entrepreneurs in Albuquerque to succeed. Ask an entrepreneur about how they made their way to building a successful business, and you’ll likely get at least a few (if not many) stories of failure. A bad accountant, a shoddy assumption about the marketplace, a …

President Bob Frank of University of New Mexico presenting

Innovate ABQ – A Collective Dream

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship

Innovate ABQ has been a collective dream of Albuquerque’s for years, and that dream is more of a reality each day Innovate ABQ has been a collective dream of Albuquerque’s for years. It came into fruition in 2012 when the then newly appointed UNM President Bob Frank invited a cohort from Albuquerque—including Mayor Richard J Berry, and UNM and economic …

Henry Rael presenting at meeting

Reversing Babel

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Initiative’s Molino Project is working to create a shared language to accomplish the work before us If you’ve ever heard the myth of the Tower of Babel you know its story of both the staggering power of unified language and the muddled chaos of language divide. In the myth, meant to explain the origin of different languages, all of humanity was …