Education and Employment – Evolving to Bridge the Workforce Gap

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity

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

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity

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 …

Closing the Gaps in the New Year

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

When we embarked on this experiment in collective impact nearly five years ago we did not know where the path would lead. We knew Albuquerque was facing some of our toughest economic challenges. We knew there were no simple solutions. We knew that progress toward realizing our city’s full potential as a place to live, work and prosper — for …

Small Business and the Health of Our City

City Alive Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

As a lifelong resident of New Mexico, I’ve been a web designer/developer professionally for the past 20 years. Last spring, I embarked on the wondrous journey of software entrepreneur with my new company Hangerang. I knew I needed help. So I’ve made a conscious decision to reach out to the local tech/entrepreneur community for guidance which included getting engaged with …

Synthia Jaramillo: Our Businesses Need to Reflect Our City’s Diversity

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By Synthia Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque | September 27, 2018 Albuquerque’s rich history and cultural diversity are unrivaled—they are what make us special. And as the City of Albuquerque’s first woman and first Latina Economic Development Director, it’s an honor to be part of this history. When Mayor Keller appointed me as the City of Albuquerque’s …

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Michelle Melendez – On Hispanic Heritage Month: The Complex Intersections of Race, Culture, History and Economy

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By Michelle Melendez, Director of Equity and Inclusion, City of Albuquerque | September 27, 2018 Albuquerque’s rich history and cultural diversity are unrivaled—they are what make us special. And as the City of Albuquerque’s first woman and first Latina Economic Development Director, it’s an honor to be part of this history. When Mayor Keller appointed me as the City of …

Three Sisters Kitchen: Boosting the Food Economy One Biscochito at a Time

emily hill Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

September 6, 2018 By 2030, the population of New Mexicans aged 65 and over will more than double. That will give us the fourth largest 65+ population in the country, with more people aged 65 and over than under 18. These statistics beg the question: “Who will care for NM’s aging population?” Knowing one in four caregivers is an immigrant, …

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It’s Not Just Beer at Bow & Arrow – A Brewery Linking Indigenous Culture, Community

emily hill Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

September 4, 2018 Is there such a thing as too many breweries? In New Mexico, the answer is a resounding “no!” Albuquerque Business First reports the state’s brewery and taproom count has more than tripled in the last six years. But even with so much competition, one company isn’t having trouble setting itself apart. Bow & Arrow Brewing makes headlines …