Creating a Vibrant Live/Work/Play Environment in the Core of Our City
Our GoalWork 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:
- Reduce the prevalence of homelessness and crime in Downtown Albuquerque
- Revitalize and renew historical buildings, routes, and spaces
- 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.
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.
- Create a downtown public safety district with a Deputy Chief of Police
- Install a police substation at the Alvarado Transportation Center
- Increase the number of assigned officers downtown
- Address homelessness and related needs through outreach and crisis intervention
- Construct a 24/7 shelter and expand housing vouchers and addiction resources
- 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.