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Byline: Erik Siemers ESIEMERS@ABQTRIB.COM / 823-3674
Albuquerque's moving up in the world. And it could keep climbing the ladder.
The Duke City ranks 20th this year in the annual Milken Institute Best Performing Cities index released today. The city leaped 19 slots thanks to improving job growth and high-tech industry performance.
The rankings, which Milken officials consider an "independent scorecard" on job growth, specifically credit the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories for attracting skilled employees and fueling economic gains.
"A combination of improved job growth and improved performance in high tech was enough to contribute to moving from 39th," said Ross DeVol, director of regional economics for the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, Calif., …