Category Archives: Economy

The Line: Why Does Albuquerque Keep Losing Residents?

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July 31, 2015 – Bloomberg Business reported this week that Albuquerque is one of the top twenty cities in the country that is losing residents to other cities. This news is not a surprise to many New Mexico residents, but can this trend be reversed? Does New Mexico need a new economic development strategy? Host Gene Grant and this week’s line opinion panelists debate this issue.

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Dan Foley, former New Mexico House Minority Whip
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney with Sanchez Legal Solutions
Diane Snyder, former New Mexico state senator

Mark Lautman – The Jobs New Mexico Needs Now

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July 31, 2015 – Economic recovery following the Great Recession has been slow in New Mexico. While neighboring states added jobs, New Mexico’s economy has remained mostly stagnant. Can state initiatives turn that trend around?

Mark Lautman is an economic developer, author and founding director of the Community Economics Lab. He also currently assists the Legislative Jobs Council, which met earlier this month to discuss how the state can supports jobs development in the coming years.

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sat down with Mark Lautman this week to talk about the latest trends in job development for our state.

“New Mexico in Focus” is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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Additional Resources: 

Legislative Jobs Council: Recent Meetings