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City, Borderplex Alliance Announce Bid to Attract Amazon to El Paso

Wednesday, Mayor Dee Margo and Borderplex CEO Jon Barela announced a partnership, along with civic and business leaders in the region, to submit a proposal for Amazon’s recently announced nationwide search for a second headquarters.

“Our region won’t take a backseat to anyone. El Paso should set its sights on big, ambitious projects that are reflective of the talented, ambitious people in our community. We are a competitive, smart choice for Amazon,” said Mayor Margo.

Over the last four years, Borderplex Alliance has been working with regional economic development partners, including the City of El Paso’s Economic Development department to recruit businesses to the region.

“No doubt El Paso has been thought of as an underdog in the past, but in the last decade, Fortune 500 companies have entered the marketplace successfully, finding a hardworking and innovative workforce and great partnerships with PK-12 and higher education institutions. This region is the best-kept secret in business, it’s time to change that,” said Jon Barela.

The City of El Paso and Borderplex Alliance are working with regional partner organizations on the proposal, which has a national deadline of October 19.

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6 comments

  1. To make this work, we need to build a community wide coalition to present a united front, much like we did in the first round of BRAC.

  2. If Amazon was to pick El Paso as it’s second headquarters location! THAT WOULD BE AMAZINGLY SPECTACULAR and GREAT! And there is every reason that the city should get to work in attracting Amazon to our city. considering that we do already have competition up north with the city of Albuquerque competing for the same Amazon second headquarters.
    We have the massive train yards over at Santa Teresa,and El Paso is economically fit to handle Amazon and our infrastructure is growing and getting stronger.The only problem is maybe the Paso del Sur and the Durangito minions.as they might show up in protest and scare Amazon away into the jungles.

  3. I would love to see Amazon come to El Paso, and give a boost to our workforce. However, I have a feeling that the city will blow this by not wanting to offer tax incentives, and people will complain about. Or, the city will offer those tax breaks and people will complain. Look at what is going on in the Duranguito neighborhood.

    Growth is painful for all involved, and we will have to sacrifice some area of town for their headquarters. How will that sit with city residents if it just happens to be their neighborhood?

  4. If Amazon came to El Paso that would be great! Hopefully us seniors would have a chance to look forward to get employed to better their lives. We are wliing and very hopeful that we can apply for a job to better our living .

  5. Sorry. lol, El Paso is missing the educated workforce, the rider centered public transit system, and the central location required by Amazon in their listing of requirements for the new hub. There are real cities like Denver, San Antonio, Boston and even Kansas City competing for this. You guys don’t even have a Trader Joe’s and you just got a Starbucks in the last five years. Lol. Sorry I can’t stop laughing..

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