Bold Issue Groups
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is in the business of tackling BIG challenges. High crime rates, low academic proficiency, and a downtown in need of revitalization pose serious threats to the long-term prospects for prosperity in our region.
So we created our Bold Issue Groups (BIGs) to address three primary objectives:
We support investors by removing barriers.
We work to build a better Albuquerque.
The Chamber is at the table, working with government and community partners, to make our city and state even greater.
For each area – public safety, education reform, and downtown transformation – the Chamber has a policy committee, comprised of Board members, that brings the business community to the table to help craft solutions to the serious problems we face. This work has included helping our District Attorney, Raul Torrez, launch a cutting-edge “Crime Strategies Unit” at the D.A.’s Office that uses data and new technology to identify and prosecute crime networks in Albuquerque. It has also involved assembling a delegation of local leaders – including Mayor Keller – to travel to San Antonio and bring back an innovative approach to addressing downtown homelessness to Albuquerque. Our Education BIG was also instrumental in defeating proposals in the Legislature that would have stopped the growth of charter schools and in helping pass the opening of a new cabinet department for early childhood programs.
Bold Issue Groups Leadership