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Former President of Mexico Zedillo to Headline 2018 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit

On Monday, officials with the Borderplex Alliance and SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center announced that Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico, will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit, on August 15th at the El Paso Convention Center.

Zedillo said, “I’m excited to join The Borderplex Alliance and SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center for the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit in El Paso, Texas. The Borderplex region historically has been an economically, politically, and culturally critical region for our two great nations. I’m looking forward to what promises to be an interesting day of dialogue and ideas at the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit.”

Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance added, “President Zedillo is largely credited as one of the key people responsible for the democratization of Mexico. I’m looking forward to hearing his insights on governing Mexico during a critical time in its history and his thoughts on the future of the U.S. – Mexico relationship. We’re proud of the program we put together and the partnership with the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. Together we are hoping to elevate the discussion and make this the best summit yet.”

The 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit will be held on August 15th, starting at 8 a.m. MT.  The summit will include five panels covering trade, economics, politics, infrastructure, manufacturing, and more.

The summit will feature speakers, panelists, and experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Doña Ana County, The Mexico Center at the Baker Institute, The George W. Bush Institute, Union Pacific, the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, The Hunt Institute, the North American Strategy for Competitiveness Organization, the City of Las Cruces, Texas A&M University, UTEP, the Albuquerque Journal, GRUMA, and others.

Luisa Del Rosal, Executive Director of the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center said, “We’re thrilled to partner with The Borderplex Alliance for this year’s summit. Mexico is the largest export market for Texas, and Texas is the largest exporting state in the U.S. With NAFTA currently under negotiation, this conference is perfectly timed to examine what’s next and how it impacts the border, the state of Texas and both nations.”

To purchase tickets and view the full schedule, list of speakers, panelists, and keynote speakers click here.

City Attends Summit in Houston To Boost Trade Opportunities with Japan

The City of El Paso and its partners at the Borderplex Alliance were among dozens of development, policy and business leaders gathering in Houston this week at the Japan-Texas Economic Summit to foster connections and expand trade.

“Effective economic development is about relationships. To be successful at attracting new companies to our region we must foster relationships on a global platform. We are among the top 10 exporters in the nation so it makes sense that we would want to showcase El Paso at this international summit,” said Jessica Herrera, City of El Paso Economic and International Development Director.

The conference hosted by the US.-Japan Council featured keynote addresses from prominent leaders from both the United States and Japan while highlighting Texas cities and their economic development opportunities in areas of innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance and much more.

“These are exciting times in El Paso. We are making every stride to pursue business opportunities that can grow our economy, our job market and ultimately our community’s standard of living. Participating in these economic summits, particularly those at an international level, allow us to share our achievements to attract companies and talent,” said Cary Westin, El Paso Deputy City Manager.

El Paso accounts for 13 percent of all goods exported form the state of Texas. The El Paso Foreign Trade Zone is the fourth largest exporter in the nation.

In 2017, the local trade zone moved more than $6.5 billion worth of goods, a 200 percent increase over the previous year.

UPS Investing $41 Million in El Paso Region

On Tuesday, UPS announced plans for a new $41 million package operations center in El Paso that officials say will bring at least ten full-time jobs, paying above the El Paso County median wage.

“El Paso is the gateway to one of the most important industrial corridors in the U.S. – Mexico trade lane. UPS is one of the pistons helping drive the economic growth engine in this community,” said Craig Wiltz, president of UPS’s Red River District that includes Texas and Oklahoma.

“The new building positions UPS to increasingly support U.S. companies growing their cross-border commerce, as well as better serve the rapidly changing business and residential needs of our customers in West Texas,” Wiltz added.

El Paso’s new package operation center will be state of the art, with advanced package scanning and sortation equipment, adding more than 153,000 square feet of capacity to current operations.  This advanced technology will help efficiently route packages through UPS’s smart global logistics network.

“UPS’ expansion and state of the art facility near the airport speaks to the strategic growth our community is experiencing. By increasing the number of direct flights, enhancing our exceptional quality of life and maintaining the largest bilingual bicultural workforce, El Paso will continue to attract new investment opportunities, to a region comprised of 3 States and 2 Countries,” said Mayor Dee Margo.

The new facility will also support the UPS Trade Direct Cross Border service, an integrated solution that simplifies the cross-border shipping process by allowing shipments to bypass distribution centers, shipping directly to retail stores or end consumers across Mexico/U.S./Canada borders.

“Aside from the added jobs, we’re excited to see UPS invest in a new facility and modernizing operations. Providing the incentive is a win/win for our community and the company given this helps increase UPS’s capacity while ensuring that our region’s residential and commercial customers receive efficient service, especially in light of the e-commerce boom across the nation,” said Ruben John Vogt, El Paso County Judge.

“Advanced logistics is a target industry in Borderplex’s 2020 strategic plan. UPS’s decision to invest in our community is yet another example why the Borderplex is the gateway for trade in the Americas,” said Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance.

The new package operation center is expected to begin operations in late 2018

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.

El Paso Groups Announce Launch of Summer Jobs Program

On Thursday, Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), along with partners from the Borderplex Alliance, El Paso County, the City of El Paso, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, launched three youth employment initiatives for 2017; Hire El Paso Youth Summer Work Program, Summer Earn & Learn, and The Texas Internship Challenge.

The Hire El Paso Summer Work Program will subsidize 100 percent of a paid work experience for 122 youth between the ages of 16-24 for 20-40 hours a week and for up to 12 weeks.

Summer Earn & Learn will subsidize 100 percent of the paid work experience for 78 youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-22 for 30 hours a week and for up to 7 weeks.

The Texas Internship Challenge, a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency and The Higher Education Coordinating Board, is aimed to increase and promote paid internships for students with Texas employers.  In this case, the employers will commit to covering the costs for internships.

“Together we, and our partners, understand the value that summer work experience offers the future workforce. Hiring youth not only helps them gain important workplace training but also builds self-esteem while earning money for themselves and their families. In return, employers can expect to get productive employees,” said Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

Employers who participate in the programs will benefit from hiring motivated young adults in their workplaces, while providing crucial career building opportunities. Employers participating in the Summer Earn & Learn Program will receive insights and recommendations as to how to best serve customers with disabilities and learn how to easily adapt workplaces to employ persons with disabilities.

In total, WSB has committed to subsidizing 200 summer jobs at 100 percent (zero cost to employers). Youth who participate in the program will attend a Dynamic Futures  foundational skills boot camp to better prepare them prior to starting at their worksites.

‘1 Million Cups’ Program Headed to El Paso

The Hub of Human Innovation announced Monday that the program 1 Million Cups is headed to El Paso for the first time.

1 Million Cups is a new community program for entrepreneurs and innovators.  The program works to create a “safe and supportive environment that will educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs.”

Every Wednesday we will have two entrepreneurs present their startups to a diverse group of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.

Presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in twenty minutes of feedback and questioning after they present.  Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, connect with a community that cares about their progress and walk away feeling as if they have advanced their business.

The program, started by the Kauffman Foundation, takes place every Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m. in locations all around the country.

1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.  Our coffee is free and provided by Pickup.Coffee

The Hub of Human Innovation, in partnership with Borderplex Alliance, El Paso Economic and International Development, El Paso Community Foundation, PeopleFund, Progress321, Technology Hub Juárez, and Wells Fargo Bank hosts 1 Million Cups, or 1MC.

For more information or to apply to be a presenter, simply visit 1 Million Cups; or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for further information.

Urban Energy Forum to Discuss El Paso’s Energy Future

The City of El Paso Office of Resilience and Sustainability and the Department of Economic and International Development, in partnership with the Hub of Human Innovation and the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, is hosting the Urban Energy Forum tomorrow.

The Forum is aimed at exploring energy, technology, and sustainability and includes a dialogue surrounding the future of energy and industry in the Paso Del Norte region.

The workshop will tap into the knowledge and experience of participants as they exchange ideas regarding regional energy challenges and industry development with the intention of uncovering an innovative path forward.

Key partners bringing their expertise to the table include USGBC Texas Chapter, El Paso Electric and the Borderplex Alliance.

Recommendations generated at the forum will be reviewed by groups of local stakeholders including the City of El Paso’s newly formed Regional Renewable Energy Advisory Council.

The forum will run from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at the Templeton Suite (500 W. University Ave. Student Union East UTEP.)

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