Open the doors of communication between our elected officials and other like-minded young professional organizations. We have met with our City Councilors and the administration to discuss the policy changes we want to see implemented in order to retain and recruit millennials in the city. And in April of 2015, we hosted a young-professionals mixer at Hotel Andaluz that brought in over 700 young professionals to downtown.

Meet in small working groups to accomplish projects. The Permitting & Regulations Committee explores the City of Albuquerque’s Permitting requirements and regulatory structures through balanced, supportive, community-driven approaches in order to make informed, concrete recommendations for how to improve them. They aim to increase cultural stewardship, support economic development and facilitate the public private partnerships that are so crucial to urban vitality. The Green Committee is interested in exploring and championing options to enhance downtown Albuquerque’s green space, increase the City’s commitment to sustainability, and support greening and pedestrian-friendly initiatives in the core of the city. And, you can always form your own group with like-minded people to get something done!

Meet with the City of Albuquerque and show support for the stuff we love. We firmly believe that if you want to see change, you have to show up. We advocate and actively support meaningful initiatives through coordination of speeches at Council meetings, writing letters of support, meeting with our elected officials, and more. We also walk the walk, and help coordinate volunteer opportunities like Bosque clean-up events, planting of downtown's Civic Plaza, and more. (And we volunteer for them, too!)

Do fun things like Flash Mob Lunches and host Lunch-and-Learns. An easy and fun way to support downtown businesses is to show up and spend money! We also encourage participation and feedback between millennials and the City by hosting luncheon or happy hour events where people can learn about upcoming City projects while enjoying a brew or lunch, courtesy of a local business sponsorship.