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Sometimes the best person for the job is the person already doing it.

Starting May 15, I am taking over the real estate and construction reporter position for Albuquerque Business First. I am continuing my role as managing editor but will take the lead on the coverage in our publication’s most prominent and popular beat.

But it won’t be just me. Going forward, everyone on our news team will have a hand in covering Albuquerque and New Mexico’s real estate and construction scene, from our technology reporter covering updates on projects like Facebook’s $1 billion data center in Los Lunas to our money and jobs reporter examining how state and local leaders use tax incentives to lure new developments like the upcoming Topgolf project.

Commercial real estate and construction is the bread and butter of business reporting, and it’s something that has an impact on nearly every aspect of business, from money to jobs to economic development.

If you’re in commercial real estate or construction and we haven’t crossed paths yet, reach out and let’s talk shop. Call me at 505-348-8323, email me at cortiz@bizjournals.com or get at me at my favorite medium: Twitter at @abqbizchris.

We will continue to own the commercial real estate beat from breaking news to in-depth coverage. I also invite readers to bookmark Construction Watch, our interactive map that pinpoints major local development. We have the details on location, cost, major players, expected completion date and much more.

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