About Albuquerque: Relocation and Visiting
Thinking about relocating to Albuquerque?
We look forward to having you as our neighbor!
We believe that Albuquerque is a delightful place to live, work and raise a family. And after learning more about all our community has to offer, we hope you’ll agree! Our relocation package contains invaluable information for you to use when considering a move to our land of enchantment!
On behalf of the over 4,800 members of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank you for your interest in becoming our neighbor. Albuquerque is a city rich in history and culture – and scenery so unique, it is unlike any other community in the world. From the virtually year-round sunshine to the mountain vistas, the best way to discover all the treasures our region has to offer is to experience them firsthand. So come visit us! Look around. Explore our neighborhoods, our stores, our cultural attractions and our schools. Meet our people and enjoy our distinctive Southwestern hospitality. And while you’re here, if you need further assistance in making Albuquerque your home, please stop by the Chamber office and let us know how we can help. We are located at 115 Gold St. S.W. in the downtown area.
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The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has a great package for anyone interested in relocating to Albuquerque. It contains:
Albuquerque Economic Development Information
Business Resource Guide of Albuquerque Metro
Images of Albuquerque (Sponsored by GACC)
New Mexico Labor Market Review
My ABQ Guide to the Metro
Quick Guide to Senior Services
Albuquerque Public School Information
Albuquerque City Map
New Mexico State Map
New Mexico Wage information for Job Seekers
Business Pamphlets from members of GACC
The entire Relocation Package is shipped via US Priority Mail, for only $32.00, including shipping/handling. Call and pay by credit card at (505) 764-3700 or send a check payable to Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, 115 Gold Ave. SW Suite 201, Albuquerque, NM 87102. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com, or call (505) 764-3721.
Albuquerque is a city of contrasts. 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. Year after year residents flock to the city to enjoy Albuquerque's quality of life and developing business environment. The city continues to grow its infrastructure, enhance its business policies and expand its outlook for current and future business prospects. The population continues to grow as well to accommodate the evolving environment. Albuquerque has grown from 5,000 residents at the onset of the railroad era in the 1880s to more than 550,000 in the year 2000, in the metro area alone. New Mexico ranks as the 12th state in the nation for growth, due in large part to the rapid population growth of the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Albuquerque is also a center for tourism, attracting skiers, museum-goers, balloonists, and adventure-seekers of all kinds. Albuquerque's temperate climate, large number of sunny days, proximity to both mountains and rivers and central location along both old Route 66 and, later, Interstate 40 have been drawing people to Albuquerque for years. Some have stayed for a few days, some for a lifetime, but nearly everyone who's ever been here has wonderful things to say about the city.
Albuquerque, founded in 1706 with 18 families, was not incorporated until 1891. But much earlier than the 1890s, Albuquerque and its economy were drastically evolving. From agriculture and transportation to healthcare and technology, Albuquerque's economic base was constantly changing. Long before the railroad, Albuquerque was the sheep-herding center of the West. In the 1850s and 1860s, following the annexation of New Mexico to the United States, the sheep raising industry boomed. Miners in California and Colorado fueled a demand that lead to the raising of hundreds of thousands of sheep across the mesas outside the city. The economic impact of sheep-herding and wool trade would prove to be valuable well into the next century. As the city approached the 20th century, the arrival of the railroad (1880) brought forth new economic opportunity. Initiated by railroad planners, New Albuquerque or New Town became home to the largest repair facility between Kansas and California. Albuquerque was quickly beginning to resemble most western boomtowns, equipped with everything from saloons and a horse-drawn streetcar system to a red-light district.
With the boom, came an influx of immigrants of all descents. Albuquerque was now home to a growing mix of Pueblo Indians, Hispanics, Europeans, African Americans and Chinese. As with any growing city, Albuquerque began to expand its infrastructure and services to include a school system, electricity, water works and telephones. As with present-day Albuquerque, the climate was a draw for those seeking refuge in a dry, sun-filled environment. But near the turn of the century, Albuquerque's climate was touted as "healing" and had "lung-ers" coming from far and wide flocking to the state. Before long, 1/3 of the city's population consisted of those suffering from tuberculosis or other respiratory diseases or those caring for them. It was through this that more than a dozen sanitariums were born, offering healthcare for ailing residents. Two institutions, Southwest Presbyterian Sanitarium and St. Joseph Sanitarium endured the discovery of treatment for tuberculosis. Today, they exist as Presbyterian Healthcare Services and St. Joseph Healthcare, which was recently purchased by Ardent Healthcare and will be operating under the name Sandia Healthcare.
Transportation and government followed the healthcare era. Albuquerque was selected as a stop on the first transcontinental air route in the 1920s and Route 66 brought the first transcontinental motorists through the city. The 1940s were a time of rapid growth with a US Army airfield constructed east of the city. Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories would then lay the foundation for decades of nuclear research and technological advances. Kirtland AFB currently has more than $4 billion in fiscal impact to Albuquerque, Bernalillo Country and New Mexico annually and is the state's largest employer with the majority being civilians associated with Sandia Labs and the Air Force. Both research and technology would play significant roles in Albuquerque's future into the 21st century.
Now, as Albuquerque continues to develop a globally competitive economic region, the city is on the map and continues to be a favorite among expanding and relocating companies and a "place to watch" as it proceeds to climb the high-tech ladder.
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, as a business advocacy and information organization, does not provide destination information for visitors to Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Convention and Visitor's Bureau has information about local events and other tourist information at their website. Click here to be taken to the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.
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