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Mayor Keller Releases City Progress Report

Biennial report captures snapshot of state of the city when new administration took reins

January 6, 2019

Mayor Tim Keller today released the 2018 Albuquerque Progress Report, which contains data gathered since the last report was released in 2016.  The data highlights the city’s slow decline over the last decade, with more recent figures indicating Albuquerque is beginning to change direction. The progress report is compiled by the Indicators Progress Commission, an appointed group that uses data to analyze how well the City is doing to achieve its goals.

“This report provides ample justification for a lot of the bold initiatives we started this year, now we are looking toward building a safe, inclusive, and innovative Albuquerque,” stated Mayor Keller. “Compared to current crime and economy statistics, the report data shows we have made initial progress, but there is a long road to go to dig us out of a decade of slow decline. We’ll use this information to expand upon our efforts as we continue working with the community to build the city we all believe in.”

The role of the Indicators Progress Commission is to provide a retrospective measure as to how well Albuquerque is progressing toward its goals, based on a list of indicators. They also convene a biennial Goals Summit to obtain feedback from residents.

In July 2018, under the guidance of the new administration, the IPC expanded its community input sessions from one to four meetings, one in each quadrant of the city. They were attended by more than 300 residents. Some feedback received on three goals—Public Safety, Economic Vitality and Environmental Protection—included addressing equity and inclusion, looking at the root causes of crime, and recognizing the need to address climate change issues. These changes were incorporated into a revised and adopted city resolution in November of 2018.

Highlights from the 2018 Progress Report:

  • Public Safety and Crime:
    • Property crimes are significantly down in 2018, including a 27 percent reduction in auto burglaries.
    • Data also indicates that new strategies to address violent crime are beginning to show real results across the city.
  • Youth
    • New investments in youth summer and after school programs resulted in a 31 percent increase in community center enrollment.
    • Swim lesson enrollment went up 17 percent, and Parks and Recreation distributed 70,000 free pool passes to give more kids a safe place to enjoy the summer.
  • Jobs and the Economy
    • The number of overall jobs in the Albuquerque metro area has reached the highest level in 10 years.
    • Recent economic development initiatives have resulted in successfully attracting companies to move to or expand in Albuquerque, including Netflix, TaskUs, 2nd Gear, Carenet Healthcare, and Resilient Solutions 21.
  • Open Government and Sustainability
    • Albuquerque is fostering community engagement like never seen before, including 1,000 community members who participated in transition events as Mayor Keller entered office and with more than 1,000 community volunteers who joined dozens of community projects throughout the City as part of the One ABQ Challenge.
    • The City is reinvigorating efforts to address climate change, including employee-driven efforts to improve sustainability at the department levels and through the new roadmap to move the City toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2022.

Download the full report.

View past reports.