Our Vision

The South Valley Economic Development Center is dedicated to fostering economic revitalization in New Mexico with a focus on the South Valley of Albuquerque.

Our Mission

The South Valley Economic Development Center is the community hub for new and emerging businesses.

Our Values

Belong

We strongly believe the SVEDC is community resource were all multi-cultural residents can have a sense of ownership.

Collaborate

We believe there is no better strategy than when we come together as a community to better ourselves.

Prosper

We believe we can continuously improve our personal and community situation.

Inspire

We believe that each of our success stories is the ignition for many more.

BOARD MEMBERS

Emily Esterson

President

South Valley Small Business Owner/Former editor of ABQ Business First 

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Vic Berniklau

Board Member

Former chair of SCORE, Retired executive

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Keith Hartnett

Vice-President

CFO, Admiral Beverage

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Robert Baade

Board Member

Director, RFK Charter School

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Chris Fitzgerald

Treasurer

CEO, Rio Grande Credit Union

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John Mierzwa

Board Member

CNM STEMulus

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Trish Abbin

Board Member

Bilingual Business Consultant, SBDC

Roberta Ricci

Board Member

Director of Development, CNM Foundation

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Tim Nisly

Secretary

CEO, Rio Grande Community Development Corporation

STAFF

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Josue Olivares

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Courtney Rich

PROGRAMS MANAGER
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Alfredo Nevarez

CLIENT SERVICES SUPERVISOR
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Paloma Garcia

CLIENT SERVICES
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Fernando Ortega

PATHWAYS NAVIGATOR

Our History

At the beginning of the Bridge and Isleta Boulevards Revitalization planning sessions in 1996, community residents recommended that a small business incubator be built to address economic development issues in the South Valley. In response to the request, the Rio Grande Community Development Center (RGCDC) developed the Bridge and Isleta Boulevards Revitalization plan. The plan made the development of a business incubator in the South Valley a priority. In addition to traditional business incubation, the plan also identified the economic development benefits of locating a commercial kitchen within the facility. The commercial kitchen would provide value added opportunities for residents involved in local farming and food production. The University of New Mexico’s Design and Planning Assistance Center (DePAC) provided the initial designs for the project. The project secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the University’s Resource Center for Raza Planning, the directed by Teresa Cordova. The Resource Center for Raza Planning also conducted door-to-door interviewing and surveying to determine ongoing community support and to gather suggestions for the facility’s development. Based on South Valley residents’ responses to these surveys and community planning meetings, the community decided to name the project the South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC). RGCDC’s and community based efforts made possible to break ground for the “South Valley Economic Development Center” in 2003 and construction was completed in 2005. The SVEDC’s Grand Opening took place in the summer of 2005.