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At 5,000 feet above sea level and nestled between the towering Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley, the city of Albuquerque is rich with culture and heritage, breathtaking landscape and equipped with vibrant energy that's indispensable to a fast-growing city. Nicknamed the “ Duke City ” because of its name sake, Viceroy Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, the Duke of Alburquerque, the city represents a synergy of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures where traditional and modern cultures coexist. Year after year residents flock to the city to enjoy Albuquerque 's quality of life and developing business environment.

Albuquerque 's 600,000 residents make up the majority of the 750,000 people in Bernalillo County . The City is a leader in science and technology with Sandia National Labs, Kirtland Air Force Base and the University of New Mexico calling Albuquerque home. Now, as Albuquerque continues to develop a globally competitive economic region, it is no wonder that the city is a favorite among expanding and relocating companies and a "place to watch" as it proceeds to climb the high-tech ladder.


Information about conducting business in Albuquerque.

Business Economic Development

Small business support, loans and investment funds, worker training, Albuquerque trade and exports, tax credits, filmmaking, Industrial Revenue Bonds and more.

Economic Development Department

Our Mission

The City of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department (EDD) works to create, diversify and enhance job growth and to promote business development and stability. EDD supports business and the development community within city government and between city agencies. It also partners with other organizations to further economic development.

What's New? is an easy-to-use, searchable database of all registered businesses in Albuquerque. The primary purpose of is to increase local purchasing at all levels, from large buyers such as the City of Albuquerque to local residents. The portal will also support the City's business recruitment efforts by connecting local suppliers to incoming companies.

Updated Small Business Resource Directory If you notice any omissions or errors in the Resource Directory, please contact Dolores Amaya at (505)768-3266.

Our Services

Albuquerque Business Center

Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion: EDD provides information and support to businesses wishing to relocate to Albuquerque and local businesses planning to expand. We work closely with Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. , city business groups, and other government entities.

Industrial Revenue Bonds: EDD manages the city's industrial revenue bond program, working with the bond applicant, city legal staff and other city departments to support the process and help the applicant meet requirements. EDD prepares the staff analysis for the Albuquerque Development Commission and City Council and serves as the commission's staff in project review. EDD also monitors compliance of IRB recipients.

Small Business Support: EDD helps small businesses by providing strategic advice and support. The department is involved in ongoing commercial revitalization in various city areas and serves as a clearinghouse of information on small-business programs, financing and resources.

International Trade Division: EDD facilitates international business and trade opportunities for Albuquerque companies. Services include assisting companies with market research, preparing companies to become export-ready, marketing Albuquerque's technology and research capabilities to attract international business, leading trade missions and supporting international research collaborations.

International Trade Division

New Mexico's exports to Mexico and other countries continue to increase. To strengthen international trade relations with Mexico, the European Union and Asia, the Economic Development Department established the International Trade Division (ITD) in 2004.

The Division helps Albuquerque companies sell goods and services, particularly scientific and technical services, in foreign markets and attract foreign investment into Albuquerque.

Trade Services

To increase international business opportunities, ITD provides these services:

  • Import-Export Consultations: ITD learns about a company's plans and helps it prepare to become an exporter or importer.
  • Promotion: ITD produces trade leads and provides contact information within the country or industry segment of interest to a company. Also the division develops and maintain foreign business contacts.
  • Trade Missions: ITD sets up trade missions and agendas for individual companies, leads trade missions for groups of companies, hosts trade missions to New Mexico, and arranges visits and introductions to appropriate counterparts or companies of interest to visitors.
  • Trade Shows: ITD participates in trade shows and conferences abroad, where it provides information, product samples and catalogs from Albuquerque companies or shares a booth with company representatives.
  • Market Research: ITD produces reports on industry sectors, such as manufacturing, food processing and technical services, in various countries.

Foreign Direct Investment

To attract foreign direct investment, ITD promotes Albuquerque and its unique assets as a science and technology center to companies abroad that may want an American presence. The ITD also markets Albuquerque as a cost-effective alternative to offshore facilities.

International Projects

The International Trade Division supports initiatives that will boost foreign trade and tourism. One such project is securing direct flights to Mexico.

Albuquerque is also proud of its close relationship with the City of Chihuahua, Mexico. Albuquerque and Chihuahua have formed a bilateral commission to address 6 specific areas:

  • Trade and Sciences
  • Science/Technology and Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Cultural Relations and Sports (Chihuahua Balloon Fiesta)
  • Education
  • Special Projects ( Direct Flights from ABQ to Chihuahua City)

Visit Chihuahua's site about the Fiesta del Globo, (note the City of Albuquerque seal on the balloon at left).

Events and Training

The International Trade Division organizes and sponsors conferences, expos and other events that contribute to the international business climate in Albuquerque. ITD also holds periodic seminars and workshops to prepare local companies to do business in other countries.

The City of Albuquerque is the lead sponsor of the Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit (AIRDS) , which promotes Albuquerque as the “Technology Gateway in the United States.”

Each year since 2001, AIRDS has brought together companies, investors, national laboratories and universities from many nations to explore partnership opportunities and prospects for international business development.


Foreign Trade Zone

The City of Albuquerque has a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) on 60 acres near the air cargo center at Albuquerque International Sunport.

A Foreign Trade Zone is a duty-free port regulated by U.S. Customs. Companies can bring in raw materials or finished goods, which they can store, assemble, repackage, grade, manufacture or re-export without paying duty.

The access road, Spirit Drive, has been redesigned for smoother traffic flow, and the City is preparing a site development plan for the FTZ parcel. Next the City plans to buy or build a warehouse for use by companies interested in the benefits of an FTZ.


Where can I find information about doing business abroad?
Besides the City of Albuquerque's International Trade Division ( 505-768-3270 ), you can contact a federal depository library at 1-800-872-8723 or .

How can I learn about exporting?
The City of Albuquerque's International Trade Division can help you identify international markets for your products and services.

What are the financial risks of doing business abroad?
There are three risks:

  • Commercial Risks: Your foreign customers may refuse to pay, either because they do not have the money or because of a contract dispute. Insurance programs offered by the U.S. Export-Import Bank can protect you against such risks.
  • Political and Economic Risks: Foreign governments have at times restricted or prohibited commercial payments due to economic downturns or political instability. Insurance against this risk is available from the U.S. Export-Import Bank as well as private insurers.
  • Currency Risks: The exchange rate between the local currency and the U.S. dollar can change. To protect themselves, U.S. exporters should keep their contracts and payment terms in U.S. dollars.

How can I network with other exporters?
Attend events listed or sponsored by the City of Albuquerque International Trade Division.

How can I find a buyer, agent or distributor for my product or service?
Contact the City of Albuquerque's International Trade Division ( 505-768-3270 ) or the New Mexico Export Assistance Center in Santa Fe ( 505-827-0350 ).

To develop a pre-qualified list of potential business partners in another country, contact the U.S. Department of Commerce Agent Distributor Service ( 602-640-2513 ) and international chambers of commerce in American chambers of commerce abroad. You can also consult import and industrial directories, see Trade Leads in the National Trade Data Bank, or obtain direct mail lists available for sale and online databases. Finally, talk to business colleagues from your target country or people who have had business dealings there.

Which Countries are the best markets for my Products/Services?
To determine potential markets abroad, consult the Economic Development Department, International Trade Division, the NM Export Assistance Center (505) 827-0350 and U.S. export statistics, which will show where product types have been exported and market trends. The NTDB also contains industry reports and country marketing plans that describes potential markets in greater detail.

Where do I find regulations/incentives to set up a foreign office?
Contact the embassies or consulates in the U.S. for your targeted countries, the respective international chambers of commerce in the U.S., or American chambers of commerce abroad. Several countries have economic development offices in the U.S. for the sole purpose of recruiting U.S. companies to their country.

How do I find a buyer/agent/distributor for my product/service?
Contact the CABQ International Trade Division (505) 768-3270, or the New Mexico Export Assistance Center at (505) 827-0350 .

To develop a pre-qualified list of potential business partners in a foreign country, contact the U.S. Department of commerce's Agent Distributor Service (602) 640-2513. International Chambers of Commerce located in U.S. American Chambers of Commerce abroad, import and industrial directories. Trade leads in the National Trade Data Bank, direct mail lists available for sale and on-line databases. Also, talk to business colleagues from your targeted country or that have had business dealings there.

Where do I get data on agent/distributor agreements?
Several Albuquerque law firms have specialists in drafting international agent/distributor agreements. To contact one of them, call the Albuquerque Bar Association at (505) 243-2615 or the Office of Economic Development, International Trade Division at 768-3256 or 768-3286.

Where can I advertise my products or services?
In U.S. trade publications with an international circulation, including the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial News USA (606) 640-2513, a catalog magazine with a circulation of about 110, 000 containing only advertisements of U.S. products. Many U.S. embassies have publications in which you can advertise. The International Media Guide lists advertising rates for newspapers and magazines worldwide.

What trade shows do you recommend for my industry?
Within the NTDB industry analysis reports, recommendations can be found for the best shows for an industry in a given country. Industry desk officers at the U.S. Department of Commerce can also recommend shows. Many of the U.S. Department of commerce certified shows are listed in its official magazine, "Business America" (on the NTDB or The City's International Trade Division, also works with Albuquerque industry groups to exhibit at several major foreign trade shows.

Does Albuquerque's International Trade Division sponsor any trade missions?
Yes, the International Trade Division has sponsored trade missions to different locations in Mexico and Spain.

What is the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB)
The NTDB is the single most useful market research publication available from the U.S. government. It contains international information from virtually all federal government agencies that deal with international issues: The U. S. department of Commerce, U.S. department of State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Central Intelligence Agency, etc. Types of information include: market research reports on industries in specific countries, import/export trade statistics, country background information, international business climates, exporting reference books, trade leads, etc. In addition to buying the NTDB on CD-ROM (800) STAT-USA ), it can be accessed for a subscription fee on the internet at or found in local libraries. Country specific information is also attainable from the relevant country's embassy or consulate in the U.S. , the Government Trade Information Center ( 1-800-USA-TRAD ), and country desk officers at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Do I need to price my product/service differently for export?
Generally, you should calculate your international prices as you do your domestic prices, i.e., determine the fixed (overhead) and variable costs for producing the product and add to it your international marketing expenses. Just as you should not include your international marketing expenses in your domestic prices, you should not include your domestic marketing expenses in your international prices.

How can I find import duty/tariffs on export products?
Product import duties are determined by a code classification known as the Harmonized System (HS) number of the Schedule B number, which is applied to all commodities exported from the U.S. Product codes are identified in the publication, Schedule B Classification of Domestic and Foreign Commodities exported from the U.S., which is available in Federal Depository Libraries or on the internet at ___. Once the numbers are identified, your freight forwarder or the country desk officer at the US Department of Commerce ( 1-800-USA-TRAD ) may be able to assist you in determining the relevant duty.

Caution: Custom officials in other countries may not agree with your selection of the Schedule B number and may feel that another best describes your products. If this happens, the duty rate may well change. Some countries allow you to obtain an advance duty classification ruling from customs officials before your first shipment.

Who can help me get export financing?
Speak to your banker about letters of credit or Export-Import Bank financing. Letters of Credit are similar to the sales contract between you and your foreign customer, except that the contract exists between your bank and your customer's bank and is governed by a set of international rules. As a branch of the federal government, the Export-Import Bank loan, guarantee and Insurance programs are designed to help US exporters finance their international sales. While there is no official minimum, transactions under $100,000 may not be worth the required paperwork.

For additional information, contact your banker, or Export-Import Bank directly at its West Coast office in California ( 562-980-4508 ). Loans to finance export orders can be obtained through the Small Business Administrations"s (SBA) LowDoc loan program. Additionally, SBA offers international trade loans and can guarantee up to $1.25 million for a combination of fixed-asset financing and Export Working Capital Program assistance. For details, contact the SBA in Albuquerque ( 505-248-8225 ).

Where can I find someone to translate for me?
Trade specialists at the Office of Economic Development, International Trade Division can provide you with a list of translation services available in the state. Although, the International Trade Division have foreign language capabilities, they are not available to serve as translators.

Where do I get data on government bid projects?
Current foreign and domestic governmental bid projects can be found in the USA International Development, Commerce Business Daily, and at the State Procurement Office (505) 827-0425 .

How do I find suppliers abroad?
Contact the relevant country's embassy or trade office in the US International Chambers of Commerce present in the US and local library resources, which may have directories of manufacturers or exporters in other countries.

Who can give me advice on importing?
UNM and some community colleges offer business courses that focus on importing and exporting. A US Customs Service book, Importing into the US covers the basics. This book and other publications and on-line information can be found in the US Customs and Border Protection website at For assistance with specific US customs clearance issues, contact a customs broker.

Where can I get data on patents/trademarks/copyrights?
Several Albuquerque law firms have specialist in international patents, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property. To contact one of these law firms, call the Albuquerque Bar Association (505) 243-2615or the City of Albuquerque's International Trade Division at (505) 768-3270 .


State of New Mexico, Office of International Trade supports New Mexico companies by providing client-focused programs that encourage, develop, and facilitate international business--leading to job creation, expanded client sales, and international recognition for New Mexico.

Santa Fe U.S. Export Assistance Center The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized companies to develop international markets.

International Business Accelerator provides information to businesses and individuals who want to sell a product or service into the global market. The IBA offers import-export classes, an online resource guide of international trade materials, and an electronic database of international trade leads and joint venture opportunities. The IBA also leads outgoing and reverse trade missions of foreign buyers and sellers.

New Mexico Border Authority is the state agency overseeing the development and promotion of New Mexico's international ports of entry.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce offers tools to help members expand their businesses to Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. The Chamber also plans and organizes business trade missions.

Contact Us

Call Chris Chavez at the International Trade Division at 505-768-3270 or by email:

Albuquerque Film Office: The Film Office offers free dependable assistance to filmmakers. The Film Office will act as a liaison with city agencies and assist in obtaining locations, equipment, and hotel accommodations.The office also acts as a liaison with city agencies and the state Film Office.

Tourism and Conventions: EDD works with Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations to bring conventions and tourism to Albuquerque.

Major Partners: EDD has cooperative and/or contracting relationships with a number of business organizations in the city to foster job creation and economic prosperity for residents and businesses in Albuquerque.

Major Partners

The EDD works closely with other organizations to realize mutual goals. Major partners include:

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau : A private nonprofit organization, ACVB works to bring visitors and conventions to Albuquerque. This is your source of tourism information, including events and attractions.

Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. : AED is a private, nonprofit organization that recruits business and industry to Albuquerque and helps existing economic-based companies grow. EDD contracts with AED to provide information and technical assistance. It also works with AED to bring economic-base business and jobs to the city and to support the retention and expansion of existing companies.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce : One of the largest Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in the United States, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber promotes business development and workforce preparation. It offers programs and networking opportunities. AHCC is also the site of an SBA Business Information Center and a state Small Business Development Center. The City of Albuquerque contracts with AHCC to promote tourism and Convention Center bookings with Hispanic groups.

Central New Mexico Community College : CNM is New Mexico's largest and most comprehensive community college and the state's second largest educational institution. CNM also provides customized training programs through their Workforce Training Center

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce : A business advocacy group with 2,300 members, large and small, the GACC provides programs and information for members, takes positions on issues with business impacts and offers networking events and meetings with major speakers.

Kirtland Partnership Committee : The City of Albuquerque is an active participant in this group, which seeks to preserve and grow Kirtland Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Mid-Region Council of Governments: MRCOG brings together 21 local governments, three school districts and three water management authorities in the four-county area of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance. The organization allows a regional approach to planning in Central New Mexico.

New Mexico Department of Economic Development : The State of New Mexico participates in recruiting and growing businesses and offers a variety of programs.

New Mexico Economic Development Partnership : This is a public-private entity that serves as the recruiting arm of the state's Economic Development Department.

Public Service Company of New Mexico : The state's largest utility serves more than 100 communities, including Albuquerque, providing both electricity and natural gas to 1.3 million customers. PNM also helps new and expanding companies.

Sandia National Laboratories : EDD works with Sandia to develop strategies and programs, particularly in relation to technology initiatives and small-business development. With Sandia and other organizations, the EDD sponsors the annual Small Business Supplier Showcase and the Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit.

Sandia Science and Technology Park : EDD helped forge the agreement between stakeholders to create this 200-acre park adjacent to Sandia National Laboratories. The City also committed to a streamlined planning and development approval process for the project and helped secure federal and state funds for the park's development. SSTP provides a location for companies desiring a site adjoining Sandia for easy access to partnership opportunities.

Science & Technology Park @ University of New Mexico : The 163-acre park, established in 1965, has 360,000 square feet of R&D, lab, office and mixed-use space. Its tenant focus is on tech-based companies, including spinouts from the university. The park is near both UNM and TVI.

Technology Ventures Corporation : TVC, a nonprofit foundation, was founded by Lockheed Martin as a non-profit corporation to commercialize new technologies and create jobs. TVC works with individual technology companies.

University of New Mexico New Mexico's flagship university includes a medical school and law school.

Planning Department

The Albuquerque Planning Department provides a full range of services from the processing of building permits to the development of long-range, regional plans and policies. The department also houses several quasi-judicial boards and commissions. The Department is comprised of several divisions, all of which are located in the Plaza del Sol Building, 600 Second Street NW. Business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103, 505-924-3860


Large Retail Facility (LRF) at Coors Boulevard and Montano Road . This case is scheduled to be heard by the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) on Thursday, December 8, 2011 in the Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, Basement Level, 600 Second Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. EPC hearings begin at 8:30 a.m.

Note: The site development plan for subdivision amendment is only one piece of the plan set. Other sheets in the plan set are available for viewing at the Planning Department, Plaza del Sol Building, 600 Second Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 3rd floor.

For more information on this proposed project, email Catalina Lehner or call 505-924-3935 .

Project #1008887/11EPC-40051 will be heard by the EPC on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the EPC all day Public Hearing beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the basement hearing room of Plaza del Sol, 600 Second Street NW. More information on this project is listed below.

The Albuquerque Bikeways and Trails Master Plan, 2011 Update is a Rank II facility plan that describes the bikeway system serving Albuquerque and contains a list of proposed projects.

This plan combines the City's two previous planning documents – the Trails and Bikeways Facility Plan and the On-Street Bicycle Plan – into one resource. Combining these plans will help the City better manage the growth of the bikeway and multi-use trail system. The overarching purpose is to ensure a well-connected, enjoyable and safe non-motorized transportation and recreation system throughout the metropolitan area. The plan includes design guidelines for both on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trails. Key recommendations address education and outreach, closing gaps in the system, maintenance, and wayfinding. There is also a detailed list of projects to improve the bicycle system and individual facilities.

If you have questions concerning the proposed Plan update, please email Carrie Barkhurst , Planner, or call her at 505-924-3879 for more information.

Proposed Text Amendments to the Zoning Code

Project #1001620, 11EPC-40063: Proposed Text Amendments to the Zoning Code – The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) will consider text amendments to the C-3 Heavy Commercial Zone, the IP Industrial Park Zone and the SU-1 Special Use Zone (Zoning Code Sections 14-16-2-18, 14-16-2-19 and 14-16-2-22, respectively) at its regularly scheduled Public Hearing on Thursday, November 10, 2011 which begins at 8:30 a.m.

The amendment is intended to provide for a 500 foot separation between adult amusement establishments or adult stores and child-care facilities. Currently, the applicable zones (mentioned above) require at least 500 feet separation from a residential zone, church or pre-elementary, elementary or secondary school. The requested amendment will include a similar use - child care facility to the list of uses that have a 500 foot separation distance.

The proposed amendment also includes a new definition in Zoning Code Section 14-16-1-5, Definitions, for “Child-Care Facility” which is defined as: “A facility that provides care, services, and supervision for less than 24 hours a day to at least five children under the chronological age of six years in a non-residential setting. Supervision means the direct observation and guidance of children at all times and requires an adult being physically present with them. A child care facility does not include a facility provided exclusively for children of parents who are simultaneously present in the same premises.” The proposed text amendments would apply Citywide.

Please email Carrie Barkhurst , Planner or call her at 505-924-3879 for more information.

Get Your House In Order

Do you have more than one house, a guesthouse or apartment on your property? If so, do you know that it might be illegal? You need to make sure all the homes on your property are allowed to remain.

The Zoning Code, which regulates all land use within the City of Albuquerque, was first adopted on March 27, 1959. Adoption of the code brought many houses out of compliance with the new regulations. As of March 27, 1959, the Zoning Code allowed for some houses to remain forever while others were required to comply with current regulations after a number of years. For example, in residential zones where only one house is allowed and two or more exist (a duplex on an R–1 zoned property) this residential property will need to comply with new regulations by March 27, 2012 .

If you think you own a property that fits this description please contact Juanita Garcia to discuss this issue. You may need to submit an application for a “Status Established Building Review Procedure.” This procedure will allow you to submit evidence to determine if your property's current use can remain. This process can take 60 to 90 days to complete, please act quickly.

Please call Juanita Garcia, Acting Code Compliance Official, 505-924-3823 or to obtain more information.


Juanita Garcia, Acting Code Compliance Official

505-924-3823 or today!

Don't let your house expire!

  • March 2011 - FEMA has issued new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panels. For more information, please visit our Hydrology webpage .

AGIS (Albuquerque Geographic Information Services) is the primary GIS group in the City of Albuquerque. AGIS maintains and updates dozens of layers of geographic information in a computerized format. AGIS makes special maps for the Planning Department, all other City Departments, the City Council, other government agencies and the general public.

The Building and Safety Division administers the building permit process for residential and commercial construction. This is a fundamental process for ensuring the protection of life and property.

The Code Enforcement Division includes Zoning Enforcement and Housing Code Enforcement. The mission of the Division is to regulate the occupancy level and maintenance of all residential structures within the City in order to safeguard life, health, property and public water. This Division is also responsible for administering and implementing other City Codes and Ordinances, including the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.

The Development Review Services Division reviews new building projects in the city. Their work assures that new subdivisions and commercial areas integrate well with the existing development. Their review includes transportation, drainage, utilities and parks.

The ONC (Office of Neighborhood Coordination) serves as a liaison between neighborhood associations and City government. The ONC publishes a monthly newsletter, Neighborhood News , that shares information between neighborhoods and local government.

The Planning Department's planning functions are housed in the Urban Design and Development (UD&D) Division. The UD&D Division's overall charge is to ensure internal and external coordination of long range planning, development review, and redevelopment functions that affect the physical development of Albuquerque. Three sections comprise the UD&D Division: Long Range Planning, Current Planning, and Metropolitan Redevelopment.

The UD&D Division assists and provides staff support to several land use boards, including: the City's principal Development Review Board ( DRB ), the Environmental Planning Commission ( EPC ); the City's historic preservation board, the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission (LUCC); the City's redevelopment board, the Albuquerque Development Commission ( ADC ); and the ( BOA ), which hears appeals of special exception decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals , Zoning Hearing Examiner.

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