Two Nonprofits Recognized as Job Creators

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

Two Nonprofit Programs Recognized with Award for Job Creation


The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship and Healthy Neighborhoods ABQ recognized with City Alive Job Creator Award for their contributions to job growth in Albuquerque

“These organizations are modeling what the data is telling us about how to change our economy. They also reflect what community members have said about gaps in our economy. Our efforts to strengthen resources locally and leverage what we have here right now depend on efforts and programs like these.”Robin Brulé, Chief Strategist, City Alive

On July 20th two nonprofit programs were recognized for their contributions to Albuquerque’s job growth, which is now in its 43nd consecutive month of positive growth. Healthy Neighborhoods ABQ, a program led by UNM Health Sciences Center, and the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and the City of Albuquerque were awarded with a City Alive Job Creator Award at Civic Plaza.

This award recognizes programs that contribute to job creation and economic mobility through innovation and entrepreneurship. City Alive Job Creator Award winners were selected based on five criteria:

• Does the program contribute to job creation?
• Does it help create living wage jobs with opportunities to climb a latter of success?
• Does it value collaboration?
• Does it address root causes of inequity through policy change?
• And does it reallocate existing resources to improve outcomes for low income people and people of color in Albuquerque?

Healthy Neighborhoods ABQ was awarded for their efforts to change procurement processes at hospitals, schools and government entities to buy more locally sourced goods and services. Ryan Cangiolosi from UNM Health Sciences Center received the award on behalf of the program.

The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship was recognized for awarding almost half a million dollars over the last two years to six nonprofits that offer critical support to our city’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. Kelli Cooper and Joanna Colangelo from the Albuquerque Community Foundation received this award.

Mayor Berry said, “Programs like those awarded yesterday are how we can start to create lasting change in our economy. By leveraging partnerships like these in Albuquerque, we are able to take steps to improve our community in meaningful ways.”

City Alive worked with Albuquerque Business First’s Innovation New Mexico Awards to highlight these programs and organizations supporting local job growth and addressing the needs to diversify our economy.



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