Santa Fe Reporter - Local Economy http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-120-1-local-economy.html <![CDATA[Localize This! - Santa Fe’s business and community leaders offer their ideas for jump-starting the local economy]]>
By: SFR
This edition of SFR’s annual “Local Economy” issue contains fewer exhortations to buy local produce (still important!) or patronize local coffee shops. Instead, we asked several business and community leaders a single question: What’s one thing that Santa Fe can do to improve its own economy? In asking this question, we hope to start a meaningful conversation about economic development in Santa Fe. We also hope to provide a road map for public officials and community leaders so that they can contact these people, refine their ideas and make them happen. As long as a national economic recovery lurks elusively beyond our adobe walls, we may as well create our own way forward.]]>
<![CDATA[Art-Making as Lifestyle - SFUAD design chairman suggests transitional community workspaces and pop-up shops]]>
By: Matthew Irwin
The plan: Create community workspaces where young artists can live and work, then run those in conjunction with pop-up shops or galleries, where these artists can sell their work and hold events.]]>
<![CDATA[Culture Club - Tom Aageson says involving Albuquerque and Taos in Santa Fe’s cultural identity can only help]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
The plan: Create a “cultural corridor” linking Santa Fe to Albuquerque and Taos, and encourage collaborative efforts to preserve, expand and market each area’s unique culture.]]>
<![CDATA[Simon Says - Simon Brackley has a plan for helping Santa Fe step up its game]]>
By: R Harrison Dilday
The plan: Brackley offers two ideas on how to pump life back into Santa Fe’s stagnant economy: simplifying the land use code and investing more money in marketing.]]>
<![CDATA[Storefronting the Money - Cramped entrepreneurs and empty storefronts, unite!]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
The plan: Match young entrepreneurs and artists with empty retail spaces to create more vibrant, mixed-use spaces around Santa Fe.]]>
<![CDATA[Laying Eggs - The Santa Fe Business Incubator invests in Santa Fe’s strengths]]>
By: Joey Peters
The plan: Despite the incubator’s success, however, shifting Santa Fe’s economy away from heavy reliance on its usual industries will take much more than one entity’s well-intentioned efforts.]]>
<![CDATA[Let’s Get Together - Discussing Santa Fe’s challenges and opportunities is a crucial first step]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
The plan: Start a meaningful conversation about Santa Fe’s future economy by organizing and engaging small, diverse groups of local residents. Schnieders says the groups would first address the question of what Santa Feans consider the key issues; the question of what changes are necessary would come later.]]>
<![CDATA[The New Algae Economy - Santa Fe Community College trains its students for a renewable energy future]]>
By: R Harrison Dilday
The plan: Teach Santa Fe students about the growing industry of biofuels.]]>
<![CDATA[Marketing Home - Jim Glover’s model for a home-based economy might just work]]>
By: Tescia Schell
The plan: Encourage a local, home-based economy based on the strategies pioneered by Live Work New Mexico.]]>
<![CDATA[License to Sell - New Mexico’s liquor laws create obstacles for new businesses]]>
By: Wren Abbott
The plan: Bring down the state’s sky-high liquor license prices by making more licenses available or by making existing licenses harder to lose.]]>
<![CDATA[Building a Better Tomorrow, Today - Renovating existing homes is a way forward for the struggling construction industry]]>
By: Jackson Larson
The plan: Use federal loan programs to buy up and renovate existing homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Reading Up - Helping kids learn to read will give Santa Fe a better-educated workforce]]>
By: Wren Abbott
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 to happen,” Love says.]]>
<![CDATA[MIX Mastery - MIX Santa Fe challenges locals to think of better business ideas]]>
By: Alex De Vore
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 will be considered, just as long as it is well thought out. “We are hoping for a lot of different types,” Wilson says. “We feel like there must be plenty of Santa Feans out there who are right on the cusp of exciting business developments and just need that final monetary push.”]]>
<![CDATA[Educated Workmanship - Carmichael Dominguez envisions improving education]]>
By: Ramon A Lovato
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.]]>
<![CDATA[The Process is the Point - Can we think past job creation to building a culture of entrepreneurship?]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
The plan: “Ignite the entrepreneurial ecosystem” by creating a pilot program to assist selected “entrepreneurial fellows.”]]>
<![CDATA[Technical Details - How the city disencourages tech start-ups]]>
By: Ramon A Lovato
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 alternative means of exchange; workers need the time and opportunities to throw ideas around; and the technology infrastructure needs to be improved.]]>
<![CDATA[Stop the Experiment - Education is too important to languish in an antiquated system]]>
By: Seth Biderman
The plan: Stop tinkering with an outdated school model, and start talking about types of learning that will help Santa Fe thrive today.]]>
<![CDATA[A Letter from Luis Bettencourt - The Santa Fe Institute professor’s solutions for the City Different]]> Luis Bettencourt
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 good infrastructure that connects city dwellers not only to the outside world, but also to their neighbors and institutions within the city, especially those that promote new ideas with economic applications.]]>
<![CDATA[Worth - The Local's Guide to the Santa Feconomy]]>
By: SFR
SFR has traditionally published our locavore’s guide to Santa Fe at this time of year. This year, we present Worth: The Locals’ Guide to the Santa Feconomy. We tackle a broad swath of the issues and ideas that make a big difference in Santa Fe’s local businesses’ bottom lines.]]>
<![CDATA[Can State-Owned Development Banks Save America? - How about New Mexico?]]>
By: Zane Fischer
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 financial institution. The farms were saved, and the Bank of North Dakota blossomed into a fiercely protected fixture in the conservative state.]]>