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Bringing Community Voice to Fuel Entrepreneurial Innovations and Economic Equity in Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque, a finalist in the inaugural round of the City Accelerator, is focused on creating entrepreneurial opportunities for low-income residents.

This summary is a part of Albuquerque’s application to the City Accelerator, through which cities would advance urban innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially low-income residents. Watch the city’s pitch video, read the summary, and rate their submission on its potential to: impact low-income people; expand innovation by the city; and, scale to other cities.

What is Albuquerque proposing?

The City of Albuquerque, N.M., is leading an effort to revitalize its downtown district. To ensure the policies and practices involved in this effort are truly reflective of community needs, the city will engage residents in 90-day action plans to brainstorm, test, refine and retest ideas to create a community of entrepreneurs. 

How will it accomplish this? 

As part of the first cohort in the City Accelerator, Albuquerque would:

  • develop 90-day “bursts of energy,” including “community feedback loops,” which will allow the city and its constituents to act together quickly and cut through red tape;
  • incorporate community voice into cross-departmental solution building so the city’s economic development strategies reflect the rich and multifaceted nature of the city’s economic activity; and,
  • help city leaders transform their thinking to support innovation, risk-taking and ownership of their ideas, initiatives and problem solving.  
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