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THRIVE 21 Economic Recovery Summit

As we head into a time of concentrated economic revitalization, the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department is rolling out THRIVE 21, a post-pandemic economic recovery plan that will solidify Albuquerque’s growing reputation as a prosperous, business-friendly, and inclusive hub in which we can all work, live, and grow.

THRIVE 21 Economic Recovery Summit

To launch THRIVE 21's comprehensive plan, on Thursday, June 24, the City of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department is hosting the THRIVE 21 Summit—a free event outlining THRIVE 21’s strategies during six panels featuring subject matter experts and key stakeholders in our community’s economic recovery. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

THRIVE 21 is our roadmap to return to the economic momentum Albuquerque experienced before the pandemic changed everything. With a focus on cultivating our strengths and initiating extensive strategies in workforce development, recruitment and retention, downtown redevelopment, and small business support, we’re continuing to position Albuquerque as the most resilient, innovative, and nimble community in the country.

Explore the THRIVE 21 plan in its entirety here.

Attendance is limited for this event due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we ask that you only register if you plan to attend for the entire day. Reserve your spot HERE

THRIVE 21 Summit Schedule

8:30 AM Social and networking breakfast hour
9:30 AM Opening Remarks: Mayor Tim Keller
9:45 AM Intro to THRIVE 21: Economic Development Director Synthia R. Jaramillo
10:00 AM Strategy 1: Small Business & Local Support
Moderated by Shannon Jaques, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Chief Development Officer
    • Charles Ashley, Cultivating Coders CEO
    • Rathi Casey, UKUU Creative Partner & CEO
    • Gabriela Marques, Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Director
    • David Sayers, City of Albuquerque Small Business Office Manager
    • Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital Owner & CEO
10:45 AM Morning Break
11:00 AM Strategy 2: Building A Stronger, Safer City
Moderated by Nichole Rogers, City of Albuquerque African American Community & Business Liaison
  • Joshua Brown, Albuquerque Police Department Commander
  • Patrick Montoya, City of Albuquerque Municipal Development Director
  • Terra Reed, Vision Zero Safe Streets Coordinator
  • Mariela Ruiz-Angel, City of Albuquerque Community Safety Department Director
  • Maria Wolfe, Downtown Public Safety ECHO Coordinator
12:00 PM Catered Lunch at the Convention Center and a music performance by local musician, Keith Sanchez
1:00 PM Strategy 3: Smart Recruitment & Retention
Moderated by Synthia Jaramillo, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department Director
  • Ryan Cangiolosi, New Mexico Bioscience Authority Strategy & Policy Director
  • Danielle Casey, Albuquerque Economic Development President
  • Gabe Mounce, Air Force Research Lab Space Force Accelerators Director
  • Delali Ameko, City of Albuquerque Department of Technology & Innovation Technology Services Transformation Manager
  • Randall Trask, New Mexico Trade Alliance President
  • Carlos Garcia, Garcia Automotive Group Managing Partner
2:00 PM

Strategy 4: ABQ | A Great Place to Live & Visit
Moderated by Helen Maestas, City of Albuquerque Constituent Services, Boards & Commissions Deputy Director

  • Tania Armenta, Visit Albuquerque President & CEO
  • Lisa Leyva, ABQ Sunport Aviation Development Manager
  • Tushar Patel, TNJ Group of Companies CEO
  • Adrian Perez, Heritage Hotels & Resorts President
2:45 PM Afternoon Break
3:00 PM

Strategy 5: Post-Pandemic Workforce Development
Moderated by Monica Mitchell, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department Senior Economic Developer

  • Del Esparza, Esparza Advertising CEO
  • Synthia R. Jaramillo, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department Director
  • Monica Sandoval-Johnson, STEM Boomerang Co-Founder
  • Terry Sloan, City of Albuquerque Intergovernmental Tribal Liaison
  • Mark Zientek, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Workforce Liaison
4:00 PM Strategy 6: Downtown Placemaking & Redevelopment
Moderated by Karen Iverson, City of Albuquerque Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency Manager
  • Lola Bird, DowntownABQ MainStreet Executive Director
  • Joe Farr, Duke City Commercial President
  • Jonathan Teeters, City of Albuquerque Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency Downtown Revitalization Coordinator
  • Matthew Tinney, Albuquerque Police Department Sergeant
  • Ed Garcia, Garcia Automotive Group Executive Chairman
5:00 PM Closing Remarks


The THRIVE 21 Economic Recovery Summit will be followed by a Social Hour with hors d'oeuvres.

Space is limited for this COVID-safe event. If you would like to attend, please REGISTER HERE.