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Albuquerque Progress Report
Goal
07
Community & Cultural Engagement

Residents are engaged in Albuquerque's community and culture.

New Penguin Exhibit at the ABQ BioPark

Why is this goal important?

Residents are involved in their community in a myriad of ways. Donating to non-profits, participating in neighborhood associations and attending cultural, sporting, and entertainment events are just a few ways that citizens participate in their commu-nity. Participation and engagement help promote our community's values and foster respectful relations between diverse cultures and races.

What are desired community conditions?

By design, the goal areas are broad, so we've further clarified them with positively worded statements called "desired community conditions." These are statements that describe specifically what conditions would exist if the respective goal is achieved. For example, under the goal area called "Human and Family Development," a desired community condition is for Albuquerque to have "Educated, Literate, and Skilled Residents". Below are a list of indicators to measure progress on these desired community conditions.

What we can tell from the data?

  • Community and Cultural engagement is where Albuquerque really shines, as evidenced by participation in cultural events, community giving, and voting rates.
  • The Albuquerque BioPark is the most attended attraction in the State with more than 1.24 million visitors in 2015. The park contributes greatly to the quality of life in Albuquerque and is considered a leader in conservation among accredited facilities of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 2015, voters approved a one-eighth cent tax increase to be used for capital improvements at the park. The first large project to be funded by the tax is the Penguin Chill exhibit, shown above.
  • The United Way of Central New Mexico's Community Fund helps ensure that all individuals and families in central New Mexico: achieve their potential through education; are healthy and safe; are financially stable; and live life with dignity. In 2015, contributions to the United Way Community Fund generated $4.4 million. While this number has gone down in recent years, they anticipate that giving will rebound as the local economy recovers. The Community Fund improves the lives of the most vulnerable by providing program grants to nonprofit programs via competitive application. The fund currently supports 95 projects and programs and various United Way initiatives, including the 2-1-1 social service provider referral help line and Mission: Graduate.
  • In the November 2016 election, voting participation in Bernalillo County improved to 53 percent, a significant improvement from the 2012 Presidential election turnout, which was 40 percent. The voting participation rate is still below our peers and below the national average of 59 percent.

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