Downtown Transformation

Creating a Vibrant Live/Work/Play Environment in the Core of Our City

Our Goal

Work with business, government, and community partners to revitalize and transform Downtown Albuquerque into the vibrant heart of our city – an area that is exciting, engaging, welcoming, and safe for businesses, residents, and visitors alike

Our Core Beliefs

  • Successful and thriving cities tend to have a vibrant downtown
  • Successful downtowns include residential living; a diverse economic base; a “play environment” that includes shopping, dining, and entertainment; and transit systems and open spaces that support congregation
  • Revitalizing Downtown Albuquerque will require the mitigation of current key threats to growth, such as crime and a persistent problem with homelessness, while at the same time investing in new game-changing development projects to increase the appeal of downtown, broaden its range of uses, and attract more visitors and employers
  • Transforming the downtown area would yield economic and quality-of-life benefits that would be shared by the entire city

The Chamber’s Downtown Transformation Policy Planks:

  1. Reduce the prevalence of homelessness and crime in Downtown Albuquerque
  2. Revitalize and renew historical buildings, routes, and spaces
  3. Explore new transformational projects and attractions for the downtown area

Progress and Initiatives

  • Under the mantra of “Great City Projects. No New Taxes.”, the Chamber led a campaign in support of $128.5 million in City infrastructure projects.
  • Voters overwhelmingly backed the projects, which will improve city roadways, increase public safety, address homelessness, revitalize key assets like the Rail Yards, and support seniors/children with new centers.
  • The Chamber helped secure approx. $7.5 million in state capital funding and $5 million in city bond funding to pay for the ongoing renewal of the historic Rail Yards.
  • Chamber leaders believe the Rail Yards is an anchor asset in the downtown area, a prime location for shopping, dining, and other activities; in addition to hosting a popular outdoor market, the Rail Yards will also become home to the CNM Film Production Center of Excellence.
  • The Chamber pushed for – and the Mayor, Councilors, and voters backed – $14 million in new funding to construct, much-needed around-the-clock homeless shelter facilities.
  • $4 million in state capital funding will be used to study the ideal placement and design of a multi-use arena that would also serve as home to the New Mexico United.
Leadership Albuquerque Considers Downtown Transformation

TAKING IT DOWNTOWN: Leadership Albuquerque Considers Downtown Transformation in Last Program Day

In the final program day in Leadership Albuquerque’s 2019-2020 program year, the class heard presentations from a variety of experts on homelessness, law enforcement and …

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It's Time to Come Together and Break Ground

“It’s Time to Come Together and Break Ground”: Chamber Opinion Column Calls For Addressing Homelessness Head On

In a guest column in Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal’s opinion section, Chamber President and CEO Terri Cole and Downtown Transformation Bold Issue Group Chair and New …

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ABQ Voters

2019 Election Results: Chamber-Backed City Projects Broadly Supported By Albuquerque Voters, Democracy Dollars Narrowly Defeated

Albuquerque went to the polls last week to vote on a wide variety of bond questions and candidates for City Council and the APS school …

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses nearly 250 Chamber members and community leaders during a reception at the Sandia Golf Club Event Center last week

‘A Strong Partnership’: Chamber Hosts Reception with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham To Discuss Economic Development, Education, and More

Earlier this week, the Chamber hosted a reception to hear from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on a range of topics, including fiscal and economic development updates …

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Chamber’s Second Annual TAPINTOABQ at the Rail Yards!

More than 200 people joined the Chamber last week at the second annual TAPINTOABQ event at the Downtown Albuquerque Rail Yards to sample offerings from …

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Leadership Albuquerque hears from Electric Playhouse CEO John Mark Collins during lunch at the Downtown venue as part of the cohort's 'Downtown Transformation Day'

Downtown Transformation Day: Leadership Albuquerque Class Hears From Developers, City Officials, and Experts on Homelessness, Crime, and Plans for Growth in Downtown Area

Last week, the Chamber’s 2018-2019 Leadership Albuquerque cohort heard from developers, business leaders, city officials, and non-profits as they traveled across Downtown Albuquerque as part …

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2019 Legislative Summary: Chamber Releases Report on Outcomes of Latest Legislative Session

The Chamber this week released its 2019 New Mexico Legislative Summary, highlighting the successes, challenges, and major policy changes resulting from an historic and eventful …

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Safety Proposals

The Chamber has also developed public safety recommendations to enhance the viability of downtown, especially after business hours, when residents and visitors would be more likely to be in the area.

  1. Create a downtown public safety district with a Deputy Chief of Police
  2. Install a police substation at the Alvarado Transportation Center
  3. Increase the number of assigned officers downtown
  4. Address homelessness and related needs through outreach and crisis intervention
  5. Construct a 24/7 shelter and expand housing vouchers and addiction resources
  6. Step up garbage collection, as well as expand efforts to eradicate graffiti quickly

Learn more about how to support the downtown transformation.

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is committed to revitalizing our city’s iconic downtown. To learn more about our lobbying and other efforts toward that end, contact the Chamber today.
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