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    Vierck says more marketing money means more projects interested in New Mexico
    Steve Vierck was dodging the New Mexico rain this weekend while at the Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, California. Vierck, the president and CEO of the New Mexico Partnership, said that recent increases in funding from private and public donors, as well as a more holistic marketing strategy, allowed him to travel and meet the team from Spaceport America to market the state to new companies at the West Coast?s largest business-to-business trade show. The New Mexico Partnership is a statewide, state-funded,?

    App allows user to 'try on' virtual diseases to encourage vaccination
    A little bit of fear factor and a little bit of vanity are behind a new app aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated against diseases such as small pox and the measles. Comparable to the FatBooth app, Disease Morph will allow users to upload a selfie and instantly get virtual versions of diseases. "It's a question of how will we get people to vaccinate when the diseases aren't around? We need better tools to convince people to vaccinate ? especially the skeptics," said Hubert Allen, founder?

    Innovate ABQ project could land $1 million boost from Bernalillo County
    The Bernalillo County Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to issue a $1 million grant to the University of New Mexico's Innovate ABQ project in Albuquerque's East Downtown. The grant would require UNM to draft a 10-year business plan and give the county a seat on the Innovate ABQ board of directors. The grant, based on a memorandum of understanding (MOU), would be the latest in a string of funds the project has received ? including money from the city of Albuquerque, the?

    Viewpoint: Ride-sharing is route to economic resilience
    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission should expand economic opportunity, not limit it. As New Mexico?s economic recovery continues to lag behind the national average, the time is now to look to new and innovative strategies for making our economy more diverse and resilient. Mobile ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft represent more than just a new way of getting from point A to point B. These services expand our tax base and provide additional income to our workers. In the face of sluggish?

    East Downtown: Your first taproom is on the way (and a coffee bar too)
    A new taproom and coffee bar concept is set to open in a building just west of the Standard Diner in Albuquerque's East Downtown. The new business ? Theory ? will feature 30 craft beers on tap, specialty coffee and something completely new to the Albuquerque market?a "cask ale wall" that pours unfiltered ale. Theory's look will include modern rustic touches that compliment the historic brick building where it is located. Theory's 2,500-square-foot space is located at 316 Central Ave. SE,?

    Call center company Alorica hiring for Albuquerque operations
    California-based company Alorica is hiring for a forthcoming call center operation in Albuquerque at 4200 Osuna Rd. NE in the North I-25 submarket. The company has listed job openings on its website, on job hunting site Indeed and has installed "now hiring" signs outside the 36,000-square-foot office building on Osuna near Jefferson Street. The company has also launched a Facebook page and Twitter account for the Albuquerque location. In addition, the Alorica website is now listing Albuquerque as?

    ABQ ranks low on the list of most business-friendly cities
    Albuquerque ranks 92nd in a new listing of the 100 most business-friendly cities in the United States. The Duke City had a total score of 806 in the survey, which looked at factors such as business climate, company performance and economic outcome. Albuquerque scored well for business climate, with 409 points out of 800, but finished poorly in the economic outcome category, with a score of 141 out of 750. Dallas is the most business-friendly city in the United States, according?

    25 Highest-paid Bay Area CEOs in 2015
    If the Bay Area's highest-paid CEOs handed out their earnings to every person in San Francisco, they'd all be $1,000 richer ? and then some. That's because the top 100 highest-paid CEOs in Bay Area business earned a total of $1.2 billion last year, according to data supplied by Equilar, an executive compensation solutions firm. It's no secret that San Francisco is one of the economic hot spots int he country, with thriving companies and lucrative CEO positions. Here we rank the 100 highest-paid?

    Malone-backed Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable
    Charter Communications Inc., of which Colorado media mogul John Malone's Liberty Broadband Corp. is the biggest shareholder, has agreed to a cash-and-stock deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. in the wake of Comcast Corp.'s failed attempt to take over TWC. Charter is offering between $55 billion and $56.7 billion in cash and stock, according to various news accounts of the deal, which would once again make cable pioneer Malone a guiding force of the domestic cable industry. Including debt, the offer?

    Cider businesses build success with New Mexico apples
    Santa Sidre, the Santa Fe-based hard cidermaker launched a year ago, purchased 50,000 pounds of apples from New Mexico orchards in 2014 and will be scouring the state's backroads in search of even more apples this year, according to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Santa Sidre is owned by Michael and Stacy Zercher, and is one of a handful of New Mexico hard cider businesses that have cropped up in recent years in response to the growing popularity of handcrafted, alcoholic ciders. Farmer Monte's?