Economic Recovery, Equity, Resilience
October 6, 2020
November 2, 2020
October 6, 2020 - October 19, 2020
Santa Fe County serves as an economic engine for much of Northern New Mexico. Longstanding challenges stemming from a lack of innovation industries or high wage jobs, endemic poverty, tourist based economy, and consistent “brain drain” have created an inequitable place. This is exacerbated by the pandemic’s devastating effects on our region’s vulnerable residents, existing small businesses and our burgeoning entrepreneurs who struggle to find the capital and support they need to thrive.
While many communities strive to recover from the pandemic, Santa Fe endeavors to achieve more than a recovery: we aim to invest in the future innovation economy by building on our inherent tech and creative assets to “leap frog” into the industries and jobs of the future.
Anecdotally, many people feel it is a City divided between an affluent aging population and a younger, less educated population with fewer opportunities to prosper. Many businesses complain about their inability to retain and attract employees; and long time families see their young people leaving to bigger cities.
Whilst there are a vast array of local entrepreneurial support organizations, their efforts are not coalesced and there is an untapped potential in our local technology assets.
While City of Santa Fe is well positioned in the science, art, and nature, we struggle with how to resolve the following issues:
Academic research teams will be able to:
Academic teams can also access existing assets:
The City of Santa Fe is seeking to work with an academic team to understand:
Our long term goals include: