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It is hard to believe 2022 is coming to a close as we are already in the midst of the holiday season. There is no more appropriate time to announce that AREA has just been given a significant gift: After nearly a year of hard work, the IRS has notified us that we are now a 501(c)(3) charitable organization! 

This big win is yet another checkmark on the way to realizing the three clear-cut goals outlined in our five-year AREA 1.0 Strategic Plan:

  • GOAL 1 - Attract businesses, jobs, and investment 
  • GOAL 2 - Attract, retain and align talent
  • GOAL 3 - Eliminate barriers to regional competitiveness.

In just a year since adopting the plan, we have already modernized the organization by adjusting our articles of incorporation and bylaws to allow for public sector participation and support, changed our name to reflect a truly regional approach to economic development, raised significant funding through a capital campaign and finally — transformed from a 501(c)(6) to a 501(c)(3) public charity.

This now enables AREA to pursue grant and foundation funding to further grow our organizational capacity and deliver a greater value proposition to the greater Albuquerque community by expanding our regional economic development work like never before.


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Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP

President & CEO

AREA Receives the 2022 Cleve Matthews Vision Award from NAIOP New Mexico

We are honored to accept the Cleve Matthews Vision Award from NAIOP New Mexico. The award recognizes a "company or project that has the vision to make something better for the benefit of all of us."

“Having been a past chair of both NAIOP and also AREA, formerly known as AED, and being a part of the transformation from AED to AREA during my chairmanship, I am absolutely ecstatic that NAIOP recognizes the importance of the transformation of AREA and what it means to the community. I’m glad to have been a part of it.” – Joe Farr, President of Duke City Commercial LLC

Learn more about the award



New Jobs Announced


Capital Investment Announced


Projected 3-Year Economic Impact

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT — our new tool to attract talent to greater Albuquerque is a brand new AREA project designed to showcase why the greater Albuquerque area is the best choice for anyone looking for a new place to call home.

This project is the next big step in achieving GOAL 2 — Attract, Retain and Align Talent — of the AREA 1.0 Strategic plan.

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AREA Job Board Training for Employers

Greater Albuquerque features a workforce that’s younger and more educated than the national average. It's substantial in terms of size and is often cited as being first in the nation for workforce productivity.

To connect our labor force to high-quality jobs, AREA offers a job board — unlike others — that allows employers to easily find the talent they need. Best of all, it's free for both employers and job seekers.

Interested in learning how to post jobs and recruit talent? Sign up for our webinar that will walk you through the process — with time for you to ask questions.

You'll also be one of the first to see our new talent attraction website — designed to ensure greater Albuquerque is THE place for skilled professionals to relocate to.

Register for this FREE webinar


AREA Quarterly Update and Networking Event

Make sure your calendar is free on 3/16/23 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for AREA's quarterly update and networking event, where you'll receive the AREA update and hear from thought leaders around the region, followed by the opportunity to network. Our last quarterly event was held at Electric Playhouse — stay tuned for the upcoming venue.


AREA provides a high quality showcase of key employers and job opportunities that can be a difference maker when residents are looking at career growth or a newcomer is deciding whether to move to our region.


Featured job posting:

Community Impact Manager

Headquartered in Albuquerque, United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) serves the people of five counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance, and Valencia. Its mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improves lives and strengthen our communities. 

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ABQSites featured property:

Innovation Park At Mesa Del Sol

Mesa del Sol is a 12,900-acre, mixed-use, master-planned community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is surrounded by major Albuquerque employers including Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Labs, and Netflix.

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NAIOP NM’s Awards of Excellence recognize firms, people who improve their communities

While Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance has been working to grow the regional economy for decades, the organization has undergone a significant shift in the last two years. Since hiring president and CEO Danielle Casey in 2020, AREA has overhauled its bylaws, implemented a strategic plan and developed a new organizational structure, all of which were unanimously approved by the group’s board of directors.

In Major Win For New Mexico Economy & Service Members, Rep. Stansbury Helps Secure Over $9 Million To Establish And Expand Command Offices At Kirtland In Defense Bill

In support of New Mexico’s economy, U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) Thursday, helped secure more than $9 million in funding to establish and expand command offices at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB). This funding, included as part of the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act, also includes a 4.6 percent pay raise for service members, $22.8 million in new funding for KAFB, and $600,000 for the New Mexico Army National Guard.

Greater Sacramento Economic Council executive Powell departs to join Albuquerque economic development group

Scott Powell, the former executive vice president of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, has taken the same position with the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance in New Mexico.

It's Time to Invest in the New Mexico Bioscience Industry

New Mexico has an abundance of world class scientists and innovators developing cutting edge  solutions to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow. With its three national labs and three research universities, New Mexico has the intellectual firepower to play an integral role in the world economy.

Word is getting out about NM opportunities

New employers and retailers entered our market along with a new hotel brand under construction in Uptown. I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen this many cranes dot the Albuquerque skyline. Word is getting out how special New Mexico is.


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