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

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

  • Secure local, state, and federal funding – as well as public support – for the ongoing development of a nearly 7-mile trail connecting key parts of the greater downtown area.
  • Support the swift scaling up of the Gateway Center as originally intended – a 24/7 shelter and coordinated service center for the homeless.
  • Launch a Downtown business improvement district, allowing businesses to pool and spend resources on downtown-specific marketing, beautification, special events or markets, homeless interventions, and additional public safety improvements.
  • Support City- and county-led efforts to bring a greater police presence to Downtown, including more officers; security cameras tied into city-wide, real-time monitoring; and technology.

“WE’VE GOT TO SET DOWNTOWN FREE”: Mayor Tim Keller Talks Progress in Crime-Fighting and Economic Development

At a GACC Board of Directors meeting yesterday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller presented updates on important city issues like crime, homelessness and Downtown revitalization. Crime …

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“WE ARE A SYSTEM OF CARE”: Gateway Center the Future of Addressing Homelessness in ABQ

Last Thursday, the Chamber’s board got a behind-the-scenes look at the Gateway Center, the City’s first-of-its-kind overnight shelter with co-located services to support people experiencing …

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GATEWAY CENTER: Next-Generation Homeless Shelter Operations in Full Swing

Albuquerque’s Gateway Center, the City’s first-of-its-kind overnight shelter with co-located services to support people experiencing homelessness, is now open to its first guests. Though the …

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Rail Trail Project Comes into Focus at Vision Unveiling

At a weekend press event, City leaders and internationally-recognized architect Antoine Predock unveiled the latest vision for the Rail Trail, a 7-mile pedestrian and cycling …

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ONE HURDLE DOWN: Bond Question to Fund Stadium Construction to Appear on Ballot

At last night’s meeting, and after two hours of debate, the Albuquerque City Council passed legislation to put a $50 million bond for a multi-purpose …

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ABQ DOWNTOWN SET TO SCORE: Feasibility Study Points to Downtown for a Multi-Use Soccer Stadium

On Friday, Mayor Tim Keller announced a plan to fund and build a multi-use soccer stadium in Albuquerque. New Mexico United, the Duke City’s professional …

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A BIG DEAL FOR DOWNTOWN: Rail Trail Project Gaining Traction

Albuquerque adventurers, rejoice – one day soon, there may be a new way to explore and experience our downtown area. A proposed Rail Trail would …

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OUR TAKE: Tent Cities Are Not the Answer

Last week, the Albuquerque Journal reported that two local leaders, Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson and Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, are advocating for sanctioned encampments …

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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, …

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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 …

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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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