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Information about the Economic Development Department.

In 1993 the Office of Economic Development was created to promote and facilitate business development, to create and implement economic development strategy, and to strengthen ties with the private sector.

Through Economic Development Office's many achievements and strong reputation for reliability, on July 1, 2006, the Office of Economic Development gained department status becoming the Economic Development Department.

Economic Development Department has evolved to become a policy-oriented, fast-moving department within the City. We work with the private sector, within city government and in partnership with other agencies, the Congressional delegation, state legislators and business groups.

We take a networking, problem-solving approach. We pride ourselves on responding quickly.

Department Staff

Staff competencies include finance, recruitment, small-business development, tourism, international trade, and film and multi-media.

 Fred Mondragon

Fred Mondragon, Interim Director. Fred E. Mondragon has over forty years experience in the public and private sectors, including over 15 years in hospital and public administration and 25 years with the private sector. He has been the administrator of the University of  New Mexico Hospital, Regional Administrator of the Presbyterian hospital system in New Mexico, and the Deputy Chief Administrative officer for the City of Albuquerque. Mr. Mondragon has also worked in the consulting and information technology field for two national system integration companies. He has been a consultant to small businesses, as well as several government and healthcare agencies through his consulting company, Mondragon International. Mr. Mondragon was Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque, and served as Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development under Governor Bill Richardson. he has received awards for Small Business advocacy from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Public Service Company of  NM. He was instrumental in the recruitment of Fidelity Investments, Albuquerque Film Studios, Verizon Wireless and HP in Rio Rancho.

Mr. Mondragon served in the New Mexico Legislature for three terms, was a member of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and  Chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee. He also has been the Science Advisor to the Governor of New Mexico and Served as Founding Chairman of the Governor’s Science and Technology Commission.

Currently Fred Mondragon serves as Honorary  Consul for Spain, and serves on several non-profit  boards. He received his BS from the University of New Mexico and his MBA in health care administration from The George Washington University.

In between his business and community service, he enjoys international travel, farming, cooking and spending time with his family. (Connie Vance, 7 kids, and 19 grandchildren.)

Deirdre Firth, Deputy Director, is responsible for Economic Development Department’s recruitment and expansion projects and programs, including Industrial Revenue Bonds. Previously she was vice president for business development at Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., a development consultant, and an urban and regional planner.

(505) 768-3269
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Ann Lerner, Film Liaison, brings 20 years of production experience in the film industry to the Albuquerque Film Office. Its mission is to promote and attract the film industry to Albuquerque. Her responsibilities include marketing, location scouting, production meetings, community walk-throughs, on-site visits, location follow-ups, and coordinating special screenings.

(505) 768-3283
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Dora Dominguez, Senior Economic Developer, joined the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department in March 2015. Dominguez has served as the director of the State of New Mexico’s Office of Business Advocacy, president/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce; project director for the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism Project; and as a Community, Business, and Rural Development Representative for New Mexico. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Eastern New Mexico University and a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

(505) 768-3268
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