This article appeared in the Winter/Spring 2015 Addition of SANTAFEstyle
A heartfelt thank you to Sotheby’s Santa Fe Style for the opportunity to regularly share the work that Creative Santa Fe does for our community. Enthusiastically dedicated to building lasting partnerships with residents, other nonprofits, and both the private and public sectors, Creative Santa Fe leverages the work we do locally by engaging closely with other like-minded organizations across the country.We continue our focus on attracting and retaining a younger demographic to Santa Fe. Creative Santa Fe is working closely with the City of Santa Fe and other community partners to actively develop new assets in our city that will attract new businesses and residents. Two major Creative Santa Fe initiatives that will make a lasting impact on our city are The Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center and Startup Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center is envisioned as affordable live/work/ creation space where Santa Fe’s creative workforce can develop individual and collaborative projects and learn entrepreneurial skills, as they transition from training to independence in the art markets. This Center addresses one of our city’s most pressing needs, the shortage of affordable housing that stands as a barrier to attracting and retaining young talent. We are thrilled to announce that Creative Santa Fe recently received a prestigious $150,000 National Endowment for the Arts matching grant to continue our work to make The Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center a reality. The NEA received 275 applications and awarded only 69 grants nationwide. We are honored to be a part of this select group of grantees. This grant builds on our local momentum while drawing national attention and new funding resources to Santa Fe. Startup Santa Fe’s goal is to help rebrand the city’s economic development efforts and to focus on expanding the economy for businesses and startups. This month we launched startupsantafe.com, a web portal where entrepreneurs can find everything they need at their finger tips, allowing them to learn, collaborate, launch innovations, and ultimately build strong businesses that become economic mainstays in the community. Formed in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, this new website portal includes a Resources Guide highlighting all of the resources available to launch businesses and support entrepreneurs in New Mexico as well as articles and the latest news. Startup Santa Fe’s team of entrepreneurs also hosts regular informal discussion and networking events and offers free consultations with experts. A calendar of events lists these as well as related events hosted by other organizations throughout the region. As Mayor Javier Gonzales described, “Startup Santa Fe is generating real energy and excitement and connecting Santa Fe startups to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the world. They’re bringing businesses together, and anytime you can do that you’re going to give yourself a real chance to grow the economy and create the space necessary for positive change.” With the support of the City of Santa Fe, partnerships with extraordinary local non-profits, businesses such as Sotheby’s International Realty, and citizens just like you, we are making a difference. Together, we can build on our assets, strengthen our economy, and attract and retain creative individuals and businesses to ensure Santa Fe’s sustainability and vibrancy for years to come.