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New Mexico Business Leaders Visit Rail Yards, Visualize Development Possibilities

New Mexico Amigos gather to discuss Albuquerque’s future and the role of the Rail Yards.

April 24,2023

Today, Mayor Tim Keller hosted over 150 statewide business leaders and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at the Rail Yards to explore and visualize what the future of Albuquerque looks like, with the historic site at its center. With the redevelopment of the Rail Yards, the success of the Rail Yards Market, and recent announcement of the New Mexico Media Academy, and the future Rail Trail, the location is primed to be the center of culture and commerce for Albuquerque. Mayor Keller hosted the New Mexico Amigos to highlight the progress of the space and explore possibilities for further development with some of the state’s most active business leaders.

The New Mexico Amigos act as ambassadors for economic development in New Mexico to help create new opportunities in the state. Their visit to the Rail Yards was part of the kick-off to their 61st annual Goodwill Flight, during which The Amigos visit cities across the country to highlight New Mexico and build partnerships nationwide.

“Especially with the New Mexico Media Academy coming to the Rail Yards, it’s clear that the Rail Yards is an essential part of our strategy to create a thriving future for Albuquerque,” said Max Gruner, Director of Economic Development. “There are so many more opportunities for this historic space, and we hope to work with the private industry to continue to develop this space into a hub for our community.”

“Our organization is committed to building partnerships that expand opportunity and increase prosperity throughout New Mexico,” said Bruce Ellis, President of the New Mexico Amigos. “We see the role that the Rail Yards will play in our state’s future, and look forward to exploring ways to support the strong trajectory it’s on toward becoming a hub for innovation and culture.

“With all the investment that has gone into the Rail Yards, its place in the future of our entire state is guaranteed,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “It’s important that we engage with influential business and civic leaders to make sure that the Rail Yards is top of mind as we all work to grow our economy and create new opportunities for New Mexican families.”

The City and State have partnered to make transformational investments in the Rail Yards over the years to restore it to a functional space for the community. It continues to be a critical part of the City’s efforts to build a safe, active Downtown area. Leveraging public private partnerships would expand the world of possibility for the site, creating an iconic attraction for locals and visitors alike.