2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Santa Fe, NM
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
New Mexico

Facing a challenge of retaining the talent and constituency of young professionals in their 20s and 30s who were finding it difficult to find careers in and engage with the Santa Fe community, the city created a committee to organize monthly mixers where these individuals can be connected to local businesses. The program has now grown to include a yearly start-up competition that brings resources and connections to local young entrepreneurs and helps foster a vibrant and thriving economic community.