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Building a Better Tomorrow, Today

Renovating existing homes is a way forward for the struggling construction industry

Local Economy The plan: Use federal loan programs to buy up and renovate existing homes.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Jackson Larson

Reading Up

Helping kids learn to read will give Santa Fe a better-educated workforce

Local Economy The plan: Ignite reading-buddy fever across the city by marshaling several thousand volunteers to read with struggling kids on a weekly basis. “That’s one of the easiest and most important things that needs...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Wren Abbott

MIX Mastery

MIX Santa Fe challenges locals to think of better business ideas

Local Economy The plan: Wilson spearheaded the BizMIX Challenge, a competition through which locals can submit business plans in the hopes of receiving a micro-stimulus grant to realize their vision. Any type of business wil...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Alex De Vore

Educated Workmanship

Carmichael Dominguez envisions improving education

Local Economy The plan: Dominguez’ plan for boosting the economy is based on diversification, promoting and encouraging other enterprises that generate gross receipts taxes from sources that don’t depend on tourism.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Ramon A Lovato

The Process is the Point

Can we think past job creation to building a culture of entrepreneurship?

Local Economy The plan: “Ignite the entrepreneurial ecosystem” by creating a pilot program to assist selected “entrepreneurial fellows.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Alexa Schirtzinger

Technical Details

How the city disencourages tech start-ups

Local Economy The plan: The problem, Jacobs says, is multifaceted. To make Santa Fe more accessible to tech start-ups, affordable workspaces—such as the Lena Street Lofts—need to be created or professionals need alternat...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Ramon A Lovato

Stop the Experiment

Education is too important to languish in an antiquated system

Local Economy The plan: Stop tinkering with an outdated school model, and start talking about types of learning that will help Santa Fe thrive today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Seth Biderman

A Letter from Luis Bettencourt

The Santa Fe Institute professor’s solutions for the City Different

Local Economy I have been studying cities with a group of colleagues for some time, including what makes them more or less successful. Our research shows, among other things, that a city’s success is often predicated on go...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Luis Bettencourt

So You Want to be a (Legal) Drug Dealer?

Here’s how to navigate the system

Local Economy New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program—four years old this July—has been called the most restrictive medical marijuana program in the nation. SFR has produced a guide to navigating the complexi...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Alexa Schirtzinger

Can State-Owned Development Banks Save America?

How about New Mexico?

Local Economy When Wall Street banks started messing with North Dakota by foreclosing on farm properties nearly a century ago, the “Peace Garden State” gave big banking the finger and established its own financia...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Zane Fischer


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