Cecchini says Albuquerque 2030 District will help revitalize Downtown

Courtesy Albuquerque Business First.

By Damon Scott

February 12, 2015

Those behind the drive to see Albuquerque land on the list of cities that are 2030 Districts think it will help to further the momentum in the Downtown corridor.

That momentum includes the renovation of the Convention Center, 4th Street Mall, new activity at Civic Plaza and projects in the pipeline, including Innovate ABQ, pedestrian improvements, an Entertainment District at First Street and Central Avenue and the development of the Rail Yards south of the corridor.

In a nutshell, the 2030 District program engages public and private building-sector allies to sign on to voluntary carbon-emission reduction goals. Michael Cecchini is the executive director at the Foundation for Living, which was just chosen as the organization that will head up Albuquerque 2030 District designation efforts.

Cecchini is a seasoned energy and real estate industry executive, having worked at ECOterra LLC, Yearout Energy Services, Energy Control Inc., Mesa Realty Inc. and Kayeman Custom Homes, among other companies. Business First asked Cecchini about his new gig.

At this point in your career why did you decide this was the next step? My first career was in manufacturing for 24 years. After that I got involved in my wife's construction business which was a founding member of the [Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico's] Build Green New Mexico program. Green building led me to starting a renewable energy business which was sold in 2009. I was still very interested in the energy efficiency business and got involved with Energy Control Inc. in Rio Rancho doing work in public and private buildings. The 2030 District program was a great next step for me at this time.

What would a 2030 District designation do for Albuquerque and Downtown? Energy efficiency is a business segment that is showing exponential growth. The uniqueness of the 2030 Districts is that it promotes energy efficiency in the private sector market on a volunteer and anonymous basis. It is a great platform to work from and will provide huge benefits both from an environmental and economical basis. It is a great tool in the revitalization of our Downtown market that will complement several other strong initiatives that are currently launching.

Contact Cecchini at via email at mike@foundationforliving.org.

(Original article can be found at http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/blog/morning-edition/2015/02/cecchini-says-albuquerque-2030-district-will-help.html)