August 3, 2022

Create New Mexico believes creative tech can bridge the opportunity gap

SANTA FE, New Mexico, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Create New Mexico is thrilled to be named one of 60 finalists by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) $1 billion Build Back Better Challenge. A coalition of higher education institutions, tribal entities, government departments, nonprofit accelerators and loan providers, Create New Mexico responds to the EDA challenge with the statement: from New Mexico the economic future depends on its unique cultural diversity and its ability to become a hub of creative technology.

With the honor of the selection of the first phase, Create New Mexico received $500,000 to develop and support a proposed Phase 2 project. Phase 2 projects can request up to $100 million of the EDA which expects to announce 20-30 Phase 2 recipients over the next six weeks. Create New Mexico asked $72 million to scale a statewide program primarily serving rural, Indigenous, and BIPOC communities. The only creative industries-focused proposal to be named a finalist by the EDA, the Coalition has a wide range of champions in the private sector and is closely aligned with their projections of workforce needs.

“Our vision for the future keeps people in their rural communities by bringing well-paying jobs and entrepreneurial development to historically underserved communities. Individuals and businesses can participate by leveraging the distance STEM, film/television, computer development and other creative technology training to develop or improve the workforce”, said Jessica GentryDirector of Innovation at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

In 2022, one in ten New Mexico jobs are held in the creative sector, surpassing manufacturing and construction. Growing industries within the creative economy include film/TV and games, data visualization, 3D modeling and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and wearable and AR/VR/metaverse technologies that power the learning and digital health care. If selected for Phase 2 funding, Create New Mexico would immediately begin implementing programs that could benefit the 33 counties of the New Mexico and create 10,000 high-paying jobs by 2030.

Specific phase two projects of coalition members include:

  • Training in IT professions within New Mexico State libraries, Navajo Nation chapter houses and from New Mexico 19 towns
  • The nation’s first creative tech startup studio for creative entrepreneurs
  • First bilingual training program in filmmaking in the country
  • New BAFA, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Game Design and Coding for Indigenous Storytelling

Media inquiries:
Audrey N Rubinstein, METTA Agency
505-490-5029
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About
Create New Mexico:

Create New Mexico is a coalition of eighteen organizations working in the creative technology sector to create new jobs and opportunities in New Mexico.

For more information, please visit: https://createnm.org

SOURCE Create New Mexico