Friday, May 26, 2006


Exclusive: Apple Retail Store planned for Albuquerque, New Mexico Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM EDT Several job listings have appeared on this morning for positions in an Apple Retail Store slated for the ABQ Uptown "shopping destination" that's under development in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Note: "ABQ" is the code for the city's airport and also a colloquialism for the city.) Albuquerque straddles the Rio Grande and is the largest city in the state of New Mexico. The city proper had a total population of 448,607 (as of the 2000 census) and metropolitan area has a population of approximately 715,000 and includes the city of Rio Rancho, the third-largest and fastest-growing city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.Apple currently does not have any retail stores in the state of New Mexico. lists "ABQ Uptown" in the Apple Retail Store job descriptions here.ABQ Uptown includes residential units (rental/for sale), office space, retail, hotel, restaurants and entertainment venues in a high-density urban context. The first phase retail component currently under construction. ABQ Uptown's online store directory does not yet list Apple Computer. And Apple's own Retail Store pages make no mention of an Albuquerque location... yet. A search of Apple's online Job openings likewise shows nothing regarding retail store positions in Albuquerque, New Mexico.You can watch ABQ Uptown's construction progress via live webcam here.[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "ndelec" for the heads up.]

Monday, May 08, 2006


Last week Fortune® Magazine voted Albuquerque as #1 for BEST CITY TO DO BUSINESS AND START A CAREER! #1 Albuquerque, N.M. Population: 793,000Job Growth: 1.1%Income Growth: 3.0% Big Employers: University of New Mexico, Sandia National Labs, Kirtland Air Force Base, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Intel. Median household income has shot up 19% over the past two years to $49,000, helping Albuquerque claim the No. 1 spot, up from fifth place last year. Even with a highly educated workforce, business costs are still the lowest in the country, 24% below the national average. Our top-ranked metro, Albuquerque, N.M., has the lowest business costs in the country, 24% below the national average. New Mexico's capital also benefited from an educated population and rising household incomes. To calculate living expenses, considered housing, transportation, food and other household expenses. In the rankings, we also examined job and income growth, as well as migration trends over the last five years. Bertrand Sperling, a consultant in Portland, Ore., analyzed crime data for us and developed an arts and leisure index that tracks things like museums, theaters, golf courses and sports teams. He also gauged the education of the workforce and assessed the presence of top colleges in the area. Today, Kiplinger® has voted Albuquerque as #3 for MOST AFFORDABLE AND FUN - KIPLINGER LIFESTYLE REPORT 50 SMART PLACES TO LIVE -- A TASTE OF THE TOP TEN We asked our readers to describe their ideal place to live. Your answer: You want cities that are fun, vibrant and affordable. So we at Kiplinger's Personal Finance sent our writers in search of 50 smart places to live that fit your criteria. Here are our top ten. As you'll see, each city has a distinct flavor. Have a taste: 3. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. What We Loved: Miles of trails in the city along the Rio Grande's undeveloped banks and through cottonwood forests. More than 300 sunny days a year to enjoy cycling or hiking. Albuquerque's skyline is more about the sky than the line. Sunsets are big events in this city near the Sandia Mountains. The range was named after the Spanish word for watermelon, a nod to the pink hue the mountains turn at dusk.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Home builders would chip in for new schools

By Susie GranTribune ReporterMay 2, 2006 Posted 1:45 p.m. Albuquerque home builders are going to help build schools, too. A memorandum of understanding proposed to Albuquerque Public Schools calls for developers to pay the school district $2,000 for each new home, said Brad Winter, the district's administrator in charge of school construction. The district will use the fee revenue to build schools and renovate others in the neighborhoods where the homes are built. Winter praised the Homebuilders Association of Central New Mexico for the deal, which will help keep a proposed property-tax hike at a minimum. "They are the guys who stepped up to the plate on this," Winter said. Revenue from the development fees are projected to hit between $40 million and $50 million over three years. The school district will collect the fees. All new subdivision plats submitted to the city Planning Department will have to be signed off by the district, Winter said. The district previously announced it will ask voters in September to authorize a general obligation bond issue, which would hike property taxes and raise funds needed for completing two high schools and a middle school on the booming West Side. Winter said district officials have not decided on the amount of the tax hike. A recommendation on the increase will be ready for the Albuquerque Board of Education to consider May 11. At that meeting, the board will consider a range of measures to raise money for the new schools, including the home builders' fee and tax increase, as well as sales of district-owned property and other approaches. Members of the Albuquerque Board of Education Capital Outlay Committee today unanimously approved the proposed memorandum of understanding with the home builders. "This is a major step forward," said Robert Lucero, West Side board member. "This is the first time the home builders and developers have sat at the table and said, 'Yes, we want to help Albuquerque Public Schools.' " The fees would be collected starting in 2007, Lucero said. In February, developer Bob Murphy offered land and dollars for new schools in Quail Ranch, a West Side development where 4,000 homes will be built in the first phase northeast of Paseo el Norte and Paseo del Volcan. Murphy also was instrumental in the home builders' agreement with the district, Lucero said. The full school board will vote on the measure at Wednesday's meeting.

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