“Built For Us, By Us”

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

Photo Credit: Albuquerque Community Foundation By City Alive Instead of another parking lot, the International District is getting a new economic development center focused on supporting aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Q&A with Alex Horton, Director of the International District Economic Development Center Alex Horton graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque’s International District in 2010. Now he’s back in his …

City Alive Recognized Internationally

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By City Alive City Alive’s Connecting The Dots of Entrepreneurship video series just received a bronze Telly Award in the nonprofit social video category. The Telly Awards are the premier award honoring video and television across all screens and the series was recognized from over 12,000 nominations from all 50 states and 5 continents. The series focused on Albuquerque’s homegrown …

It Takes a Village — Lending and Its Role in Albuquerque’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Photo Credit: Mission Asset Fund By Sara Keller, Vice President of Community Relations, Southwest Capital Bank When you hear the words “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” or “Access to Capital” or “Gig Economy” what do you hear? Jargon. Fluff. Buzz. What do you think? Not where I live. What access? What about when you hear the words “small business”, “family-owned”, “side hustle”, “artist”, …

On Turning Mayors into Entrepreneurial Ambassadors

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Photo Credit: Alison Gold By Alison Gold, founder of Optimistic Anthropology Last month, City Alive was invited to present at the Kauffman Foundation’s annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in Kansas City. The conference brings mayors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities. Alison Gold, the founder …

On Supporting Young Innovators: A talk with Kyle Guin

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Photo Credit: Shutter Bombs When it comes to keeping and attracting young innovators in our state, opportunities are key. Over the last five years, education institutions and leaders in the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors have been making investments to generate more opportunities, especially in the realm of entrepreneurship. These efforts, like the innovationAcademy at UNM, are beginning to gain …

Education and Employment – Evolving to Bridge the Workforce Gap

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The skills gap has been a topic of conversation in New Mexico for years, if not decades. Yet still we find ourselves trying to find systemic solutions to bridge the gap between the educations our students receive, and the skills demanded by local employers. Bridging the skills gap is complex. It is about growing skills and competencies in K-12. It …

Buy Local, Invest in Our Economy

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Local shops encourage it. It is on signs at farmers markets. The “buy local” message is a call to collectively lift up local businesses. But it isn’t just about “feeling good”. Buying locally has real economic advantages that make us all better off. Over the last decade, a number of researchers and organizations have taken a closer look at how …

How to Reimagine Native Creative Economies

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Photo of artist Rod Velarde, Indigenous Comic Con 2016 The Land of Mañana. It implies an ease of life; one in which you have no cares or worries till tomorrow. It’s a phrase of warmth and sunsets, of living life at a different speed. It’s a beautiful descriptor of New Mexico and by extension, Albuquerque. But over time new narratives …

Top 7 Reasons New Mexico is Perfect for the Space Industry

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We are on the cusp of a new Space Age. The space industry anticipates more advances in the next decades than we have seen since the launch of Sputnik in 1957. The space industry is becoming less sci-fi and more mainstream thanks to a new shift toward direct-to-consumer services. Things like video calls, inflight WiFi, navigation, driverless navigation and weather …

New Mexico’s Rise to Renewable Power Starts Now

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New Mexico has all the ingredients—geographically, meteorologically and politically—to be a national leader in renewable energy. With more than 300 days of sun a year and a new governor who is especially pro green industry, it’s predicted that New Mexico could reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, if not before. Frederick Esters is dedicated to making that goal a …