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Mayor Berry Hosts Conference on Entrepreneurship

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation pick Albuquerque for their annual Mayors Conference

October 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE - Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted mayors from around the nation at the third annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship on Oct. 6-8, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM. With a focus on “Recipes for Growth,” mayors and national entrepreneurship experts discussed the role of cities and mayors in creating vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial economies.

The conference was convened by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, in partnership with Mayor Berry of Albuquerque.

“Many city leaders across the country trying to foster vibrant entrepreneurial cultures came together in Albuquerque to share lessons, hear new ideas, and connect with their peers,” said Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “Albuquerque has been a good partner with the Kauffman Foundation in trying to identify the best ways to support entrepreneurs and build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, so this was a great venue for the conference this year.”

The 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Recipes for Growth explored the role of local assets in supporting entrepreneurial activity, focusing on the roles of universities, federal research laboratories, industry-leading firms, startup capital, the built environment and philanthropy in generating innovation and entrepreneurship. This year’s event addressed:

  • The capital challenge and how capital can be deployed to fuel entrepreneurial growth
  • Understanding the entrepreneurial environment and how entrepreneurs start and grow companies
  • Leveraging community assets to spur entrepreneurial growth
  • The role of private charities in building vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • The role of co-working spaces and accelerators in supporting entrepreneurship
  • Measuring entrepreneurial activity

“When you bring mayors together to discuss common challenge areas and develop collaborative solutions, the result is always incredibly meaningful,” said Mayor Berry. “The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship provides mayors from across the nation with an opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts on economic growth strategies and learn how to support a culture of entrepreneurship in their hometowns. I am proud that Albuquerque hosted this valuable event.”