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“I CAN’T WAIT TO GET GOING”: GACC Meets UNM Men’s Basketball Coach Richard Pitino

Yesterday, incoming UNM men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino joined the Chamber to share his excitement at joining the Lobos community – and his optimism for a new chapter of success for the team. In introducing the new coach, UNM Athletics Director Eddie Nuñez had a lot to say about Pitino’s character and integrity as …

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DOWNTOWN UPGRADES: Leadership ABQ Hears from City Experts on Revitalization Efforts

On Tuesday, Leadership Albuquerque spent the day hearing from a variety of experts on what it might take to make Albuquerque’s Downtown area the vibrant, thriving heart of our city that we all want it to be. After touting several economic development projects outside of downtown Albuquerque (like the Amazon facility to develop the Westside; …

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ABQ JOURNAL REPORTS: Suspect on Pretrial Release Shoots Man at His Home

Devin Munford was arrested on armed robbery charges of a 7-Eleven store on Sunday. Just days later, he was also charged with the deadly shooting of a man on Friday night and pointing a shotgun at an elderly woman. The District Attorney’s Office Crime Strategies Unit identified Munford in a Snapchat video just 30 minutes after …

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GATEWAY CENTER MOVES FORWARD: City Makes $15M Purchase of Gibson Medical Center

Last week, the City of Albuquerque announced the finalization of the $15 million purchase of the Gibson Medical Center. The 572,000-square-foot facility will ultimately become the Gateway Center that will offer 24/7 overnight sheltering for the homeless and access to other services. While the next step is to develop a more concrete plan for how …

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BACK TO SQUARE ONE: Governor Vetoes Legislative Appropriations of Federal Funds

Of all the 158 bills Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham acted on from the 2021 legislative session, one particular action has attracted particular criticism: line-item vetoes of appropriations of federal funds in the state budget. In the final days of the legislative session, amounts of federal COVID-19 relief funds became clearer and the Senate Finance Committee …

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LEGISLATIVE RECAP: Unprecedented Virtual Session Passes a Record Low of Just 158 Bills

With the last of the Governor’s signatures and vetoes coming down last Friday, the 2021 regular session is (finally!) officially over. Here’s a quick look at what happened. The Good A package of short-term COVID-19 relief measures passed, creating a grant program to help businesses pay their rent or mortgage bills, retooling a low-interest loan …

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