Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 AREA Annual Dinner and 505 Awards — you helped make the evening unforgettable.
The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) thanks those that joined us for our 2022 Annual Dinner and 505 Awards. The theme of our event this year was Taking Flight: a statement that truly expresses the growth, excitement and innovation happening in the greater Albuquerque region. The results of our efforts to build a regional economy in collaboration with our partners in the four-county region are cause for celebration. Each and every day, our team is forecasting, planning and executing against the objectives in our strategic plan and we can attest to the positive changes taking place all around us.
AWARDS AND SPONSORSHIP
The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance Annual Dinner and 505 Awards serve to acknowledge the exemplary work of business leaders in our community as well as to bring influencers from various sectors together for an evening of celebration. This critical annual fundraiser supports AREA’s ability to strengthen and grow its work across industry sectors in the region.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated leadership, accelerated local investments, contributed to training local workforce, and more.
EXCELLENCE IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AWARD
This award recognizes an organization that has played a leading role in workforce readiness, including the implementation of training and educational programs, the sponsorship of scholarship or grant programs, the creation of internship or mentorship programs, and more.
SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION AWARD
This award recognizes a small business (100 employees or less) that is creating an environment focusing on collaboration, innovation and hard work, consistently demonstrating a commitment to its employees, clients and Albuquerque.
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award recognizes a a business leader who has made a measurable difference by investing in projects that have created jobs and enhanced our ability to attract investment.
RISING STAR AWARD
This award honors an emerging leader who is contributing to economic development programs, projects and activities in a significant manner that leads to increased investment in the community.
PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award recognizes a public official or employee who has served as a committed supporter of economic development efforts.
LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award honors someone whose ongoing commitment to economic development over the years has made a significant and lasting impact on the greater Albuquerque region.
CHAIRMAN'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Given at the discretion of the AREA Board Chair, this award recognizes individuals or organizations that have exemplified support for economic development efforts in alignment with AREA’s Strategic Plan in a wide variety of areas, truly setting the bar for the future of the region.