Rio Grande Community Development Corporation

The Rio Grande Community Development Corporation (RGCDC) is a non-profit organization that pursues community-based economic development that is sensitive to traditional cultural values and historical land uses while cultivating resident voice and reducing poverty through entrepreneurial enterprise. In 1996, RGCDC worked with community residents to develop the Bridge and Isleta Boulevards Revitalization plan. As a result of the plan, RGCDC worked with the University of New Mexico and Bernalillo County to open the South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC) that has, since its establishment 2003, incubated over 100 businesses, created over 350 jobs, returned $8.2 million in payroll back to the local economy, and assisted over 250 potential entrepreneurs a year. One of SVEDC’s premier programs is the Mixing Bowl initiative that provides residents with the tools — from equipment, to financing, to training — to start their own food-related business. 

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