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New role supports Business Development team on research and data for distribution to drive forward stories of the greater Albuquerque region

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance has recruited a new member of the team to fill the role of Business Development and Research Coordinator.

Antonio Granillo, a lifelong New Mexican, joined AREA in late September and comes to AREA from the City of Albuquerque where he worked to identify opportunities for reform that prioritized data integrity and new data collection methods. Granillo also worked in community development with a grassroots non-profit organization in Albuquerque dedicated to building strong, healthy communities across New Mexico. He has also worked alongside national philanthropic organizations that prioritize asset-building as an approach to sustainable community development.

“I am excited to join an impressive team committed to strategic economic development across the Greater Albuquerque region,” said Antonio Granillo, Business Development and Research Coordinator for AREA.  “Building on the rapid growth of AREA’s work with business and institutional leaders, I plan to utilize my experience in community development and program coordination to support AREA’s future growth and long-term vision for the region’s prosperity.”

In his new role, Granillo supports the business development team in executing AREA’s strategic plan. He will be using the organization’s intersectional approach to economic development by establishing greater Albuquerque’s identity as a leading location for business, developing and retaining an attractive workforce, and addressing institutional barriers to the region’s competitiveness with other markets.

“I am thrilled to have Antonio join our dynamic team as he has a wealth of knowledge in pulling and utilizing data in a way that is critical to the work we do in promoting the region and articulating our value proposition,” said Danielle Casey, President and CEO of AREA.  “Our business development team is now in a robust place to really collaborate on how to strategically identify crucial information and data that can help decision makers when selecting locations.”


About AREA
The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is leads and executes strategies designed to grow and diversify the economic base of the greater Albuquerque region, creating a prosperous, diverse and inclusive economy and elevating the standard of living for all. AREA provides confidential assistance to businesses considering the area for expansion and new investment. Since its creation in 1960, AREA has recruited more than 250 companies and more than 35,000 jobs to the Albuquerque metro area. AREA also provides retention and expansion assistance to existing industry. For more information, visit




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