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Technology Hub, Pioneers 21’s ‘Bridge Accelerator 2020’ Open for Enrollment

Officials with Technology Hub and Pioneers 21, in partnership with Microsoft, announced the launch the second edition of The Bridge Accelerator – Binational Supplier Development Program.

“We are proud to announce the second edition of Bridge Accelerator,” said Ricardo Mora of The Bridge Organizing Committee. “We appreciate the support of Microsoft, Transtelco, Tecma Group, Chihuahua’s Economic Development Agency through its Regional Innovation and Economic Development Center, City of El Paso,  Desarrollo Económico de Ciudad Juárez A.C. and the business community. In May 2019, this program attracted $250,000 in venture capital opportunities and created 33 new jobs in the borderplex region. We encourage business to get involved to allow for more growth.”

Organizers added that the pilot of the Bridge Accelerator resulted in 52 purchase orders totaling approximately $1,500,000 and 32 new purchase orders.

Local businesses who have incorporated work on both sides of the United States and Mexico border for at least two years, have a relationship with large manufacturing companies and maquiladoras and are able to attend program sessions on either side of the border are eligible to apply.

According to organizers, Bridge Accelerator 2020 is a 12-week training program designed for existing companies from El Paso and Ciudad Juárez looking to grow and innovate their business practices. The 12-week training program includes a business model canvas applied to manufacturing suppliers, workshops, working groups, panels and networking events.

“After completion of program, businesses will leave with the understanding of unique requirements of the manufacturing industry and binational business culture, identify the relationship between innovation and the supply chain, identify models and intellectual property connection, market strategies and funding,” officials shared via an emailed news release.

Businesses in the Paso del Norte region which service the manufacturing industry on the Mexico-U.S. border are encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday, January 22, 2020. (Application form)

City of El Paso Capital Improvement Program offers sneak preview of water parks

Via a social media post, officials with the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Program gave residents a sneak peak of the water parks now under construction around the city.

One of the featured photos is of the much-anticipated wave rider machine that is currently under construction at the Oasis water park.

Next Summer, the City will open four Neighborhood Water Parks, which are resort-style aquatic destinations designed – as city officials share –  “to delight thrill-seekers, lap swimmers and sunbathers.”

Each water park will evoke a unique themed aesthetic inspired by community input. Water attractions will range from spiraling water slides to coasting lazy rivers to inviting leisure pools.

All facilities are currently under construction and will include: Slides, a leisure pool, a lap pool, a lazy river, climbing wall, interactive water playground, cabanas, lounge chairs, food concessions, outdoor speaker and lighting system.

If you want to learn more about these projects, click here.  Photos courtesy City of El Paso Capital Improvement Program/Facebook

Residents’ input needed for Phase Two of Playa Drain Trail

The Playa Drain Trail, a partnership of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation), City of El Paso and El Paso Water, is set to expand once again – and the public is invited to provide input.

The first phase of the Playa Drain Trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park was completed in 2018. The City of El Paso completed the segment from Ysleta High School to Capistrano Park earlier this year.

Next week, a public meeting is scheduled to obtain information and provide input on the design of the Playa Drain Trail Phase 2 from Riverside High School to Ysleta High School.

The Health Foundation is leading the design of the trail from Riverside High School to Ysleta High School with funding support from the Health Foundation and Marathon Foundation.

Completion of this segment of the trail will result in a continuous 8.4-mile trail from Ascarate Park to Capistrano Park.

The Playa Drain Trail has several amenities such as seating and shade structures, water fountains, sunscreen stations, bicycle repair stations, exercise stations and artwork to make active living the easy choice for residents in the region and an alternative to driving for near-by residents.

Funding for the construction of the design from Whittier Drive to Elvin Way has been secured by the City of El Paso with construction to begin in 2021.

For more information on the Playa Drain Trail, click here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ysleta High School – Early College Building, Room 515  |   8600 Alameda

City to hold public meetings on 2019 Public Safety Bond ahead of November 5th election

Officials with the City of El Paso announced Tuesday a series of public meeting where they will be presenting information on the proposed 2019 Public Safety Bond scheduled to be on the November 5, 2019 ballot.

Via a news release, officials said the proposed bond is the “City’s plan to use voter approved bonds to pay for public improvements for the Police and Fire Departments, including vehicles and equipment.”

If approved by the voters, the proposed projects would be funded by the City issuing general obligation bonds. The bonds are a debt that the City would pay back over time from taxpayer dollars.

For more information on the 2019 Public Safety Bond, visit

The 2019 Public Safety Bond community presentation schedule is as follows:

When:    5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24

Where:   Westside Regional Command,  4801 Osborne


When:    6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24

Where:   Northeast Regional Command, 9600 Dyer


When:    11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8

Where:   Mission Valley Regional Command, 9011 Escobar


When:    6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8

Where:   Pebble Hills Regional Command,  10780 Pebble Hills


When:    11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Where:   El Paso Police Department Headquarters,  911 Raynor


When:    6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Where:   El Paso Police Department Headquarters,  911 Raynor


City staff will also participate in a number of different community events and district meetings to provide bond information:

What:     Neighborhood Leadership Summit

When:    10:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14

Where:   Fort Bliss Centennial;    11199 Sergeant Churchill


What:     District 7 Community Meeting

When:    6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25

Where:   Municipal Service Center (MSC),   7968 San Paulo


What:     District 7 Community Meeting

When:    6:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26

Where:   Park University, 1330 Adabel


What:     District 3 Community Meeting

When:    8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2

Where:   Village Inn, 7144 Gateway Blvd. E.


What:     District 5 Community Meeting

When:    6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9

Where:   Esperanza Acosta Library, 12480 Pebble Hills


What:     District 2 Community Meeting

When:    5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16

Where:   Safety & Health Outreach Center    5415 Trowbridge


What:     District 4 Community Meeting

When:    6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16

Where:   Metro 31, 9348 Dyer (entrance off of Diana)


What:     District 6 Community Meeting

When:    6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24

Where:   Carnitas Queretaro, 1451 N. Zaragoza


City receives $50k grant from Citi Foundation

The Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing Department is proud to announce being selected as one of the ten cities participating in the sixth-cohort of the City Accelerator initiative on Inclusive Procurement by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities.

“As El Paso’s economy continues to thrive, ensuring an open and inclusive process for business owners seeking to find, bid on, and successfully compete for city contracts is at the forefront,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

“The work we will conduct with the Citi Foundation, Living Cities, and Griffith & Strong will provide us with an opportunity to learn nationwide best practices, and create lasting relationships with other city governments for cross-sector partnerships.”

The City will be awarded a $50,000 grant to provide coaching, technical assistance, and other resources through community partners to aid in the growth and development of veteran, woman, and minority owned businesses.

“The goal is to make local businesses feel included and understand the requirements in the bidding process so they are more competitive and win contracting opportunities that will allow them to become more sustainable,” city officials shared via a news release, “These initiatives align with the Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing Department’s mission of providing an open, fair, transparent, economically competitive and respectful procurement process.”

As part of the first grant received in 2018, El Paso has integrated local small and minority business resources into a singular effort branded Accelerate EP and for the first time formalized relationships with organizations the serve its local businesses of color.

To date, this is the second grant the City of El Paso receives from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities.

City holds Community Development Week Kick Off Event

Officials with the City of El Paso and dignitaries are inviting the public out for the kick-off event for Community Development Week.

The Department of Community and Human Development (DCHD) and District 1, City Representative Peter Svarzbein invites the public to kick-off of National Community Development (CD) Week, by attending a rededication and neighborhood block party at Borderland Park.

This event will highlight the Borderland Park improvements made possible with over $328,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

The upgrades to the park allows for ADA accessibility, more sitting areas, solar compacting trash receptacle, installation of pet waste bag dispensers, bike rack, trees, metal shelter with lights to cover the playground, swing sets with rock wall enclosure, engineered wood fiber fall surface, resurfacing of basketball court, modification of irrigation stem and more.

“Communities use CDBG to respond to current and emerging community development needs, including the creation of jobs, development of affordable housing, improvement of existing house stock, the delivery of vital services, and the development of essential infrastructure improvements,” city officials shared via an emailed release.  “Both of these programs have been successful because of the support of partner agencies, community volunteers, neighborhood associations and private sector partners.”

During the celebration, guests will enjoy free food, beverages and entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1975, the City of El Paso has provided over $85 million in HOME Program funding to create safe, affordable housing opportunities and over $384 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide essential public services, economic opportunities, street and drainage improvements, public facility and infrastructure improvements and other quality of life improvements to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

WHO:           City of El Paso Community+ Human Development

WHAT:         Borderland Park Rededication + Neighborhood Block Party

WHEN:         4 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 22

WHERE:       Borderland Park, 6327 Modesta St.

Project Vida Receives $135K for Micro-Business Economic Development

Thanks to the participation of several local businesses, foundations and government, Project Vida‘s Microenterprise Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) has been funded to the tune of $135,000.

GECU, El Paso Electric, WestStar Bank, Hunt Family Foundation, United Way of El Paso County and the City of El Paso all contributed a to Project Vida’s MTAP – the grassroots asset-building economic development project.

Awards include El Paso Electric $10,000; GECU $10,000; WestStar Bank $5,000; Hunt Family Foundation $5,000; United Way $15,333; and the City of El Paso $90,000 from a Community Development Block Grant.

“MTAP engages marginal low- and moderate-income micro-business owners with business and financial literacy, management skill-building, and pathways to job retention and job creation,” Project Vida officials shared via a Friday morning news release.

MTAP transfers the community health worker/promotora model of outreach and trust-building to a business model of financial stability, asset-building, entry into the mainstream economy and growth toward small business status.

From 2013 to 2018, MTAP enrolled nearly 750 qualifying microenterprise owners in the program helping them retain 561 jobs and create 471 new jobs.

For more information on Project Vida or the Microenterprise Technical Assistance Program, contact Bill Schlesinger at (915) 533-7057, ext. 207, or

Quality Texas Foundation Honors City of El Paso with Statewide Excellence Award

The City of El Paso has earned the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE), from the Quality Texas Foundation (QTF), which recognizes organizations for sustained performance excellence across seven key categories.

“The Texas Award for Performance Excellence affirms that El Paso is one of the top performing, most efficient organizations in Texas, and among the most effective in the nation,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “The award recognition demonstrates our City’s performance standards are among the most rigorous in the public sector.”

The award, which is the statewide version of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—singles out the City of El Paso as a state role model for working to pursue excellence by focusing on continuous improvement, engaging the workforce and optimizing our resources.

“This has been a remarkable journey that is particularly noteworthy because it is an opportunity to showcase El Paso to the rest of the state and tell the true El Paso story,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “The City of El Paso has a quality workforce that produces high octane results by saving over $50 million in the last 4 years and bringing in over 100 million of revenue.”

TAPE recipients are selected based on performance excellence criteria used at the national level for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The criteria include seven main categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results.

“This recognition not only celebrates but demonstrates the hard work, dedication and commitment of our workforce to continuously improve and strive toward new levels of performance excellence,” said Julie Baldwin-Muñoz, Performance Administrator.

”Employee participation and collaboration is a testament to the culture of our City as an organization. Surveys of our employees found that 98 percent understand how their day-to-day work contributes to the City overall,” Roman Sanchez, Process Improvement Administrator.

The City of El Paso is the largest municipality to win the state award the United States. The City will be presented with the award at the Quality Texas Foundation conference June 25, 2019 in San Antonio.

City of El Paso Offers Funding for the Development of Affordable Rental Housing

On Thursday, officials with the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development announced funding availability for the development of affordable rental housing of investor and non-profit-owned properties.

The Department’s Housing Programs Division is offering Gap Financing up to $1 million per development for the rehabilitation, construction, or reconstruction of affordable rental housing.

Officials add that the purpose of this program is to increase and maintain the supply of affordable rental housing stock available to very low to moderate-income families.

Program guidelines and applications are available online. Deadline for Applications is July 18, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please call (915) 212-0139 or visit the Department of Community and Human Development Housing Division located at the City 3 building – 801 Texas Avenue, 3rd Floor.

Mandatory Funding Workshop:

April 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

CITY 3 – 801 Texas Ave. – Thorman Basement Conference Room

An RSVP is required for attendance by April 17, 2019 5:00 p.m.

Please call 212-0139 to RSVP


City Invites Public to Guide City Budget Priorities via Online Survey

The City is inviting residents and businesses to help guide the community’s priorities for the next fiscal year by participating in its annual “Chime In” survey.

“Engaging the public early on in the budget process is a best management practice and it allows us to make investments that align with priorities identified by the community and with the City’s vision of having safe and beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant regional economy, and exceptional recreational, cultural and educational opportunities,” Chief Financial Officer Robert Cortinas said.

Through the survey citizens are able advise City leaders which services are most meaningful to them.

“The survey is one of many public input opportunities afforded to the community during the budget development process,” city officials added, “If you want to influence how the City of El Paso prioritizes projects and services for Fiscal Year 2020 here is your chance.”

Last year’s survey results indicated the public wanted a greater emphasis on streets, parks and public safety.

The survey is available on the homepage of the City’s website.

The deadline to participate in the online survey is April 20, 2019.

City Council Votes to Move Funds to Accelerate, Complete Promised Projects

On Monday, City Council approved a recommendation by the Capital Improvement Department to allow the reprogramming of remaining capital improvement funds to keep advancing planned improvements to parks, streets and public safety.

“Bottom line is we are being fiscally responsible,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “By actively managing the Capital Improvement Program we are able to identify savings and square project listings to ensure that we are maximizing our resources while rolling out public works projects in an efficient and expeditious manner.”

The reprogramming request presented to Council allows the department to fund the Edgemere and RC Poe roundabout project in far East El Paso completely, expedite $17.9 million in parks and library quality of life bond projects, meet funding needs of three neighborhood water parks, and renovate the Leo Cancellare pool in West El Paso.

The Edgemere and RC Poe roundabout is estimated to cost $2.4 million of which $1.5 million will come from the 2012 Streets Capital Improvement Plan.

The plan is on track to be completed by 2021 and calls for all remaining street reconstruction projects will start construction this year.

City officials say that the “advances the City has made over the past year in rolling out the bond program enables it to start the remaining park and library projects in 2020, some three years ahead of schedule.”

The City added the Leo Cancellare pool located adjacent to the Westside Natatorium to the capital project listing to extend the useful life of the pool built in the 1970s.

The renovation projected to cost approximately $2.8 million will allow the facility to better serve the community’s needs and serve as a critical companion to the Westside Natatorium 50-meter pool.

The neighborhood water parks began design in 2018 and their costs were adjusted during their design phase as a result of community input and other factors, such as increases to utility requirements.

The Leo Cancellare pool renovations and funding adjustments for the neighborhood water parks in Central, Northeast and Mission Valley are being met through the reallocation of City investment revenues, other project savings, and funding from the neighborhood water park in West El Paso.

The waterpark in West El Paso will remain programmed but unfunded until the City purchases land for the project.

The City has completed 90 bond projects approved by voters in 2012. Another 13 projects are under construction and 24 more are in design.

El Paso Featured in Alaska Airlines Travel Magazine

The City of El Paso continues to receive national attention, this time Alaska Airlines is introducing travelers to the wonders of the Sun City with a feature article in its in-flight magazine, Alaska Beyond.

“We all know El Paso has so much to offer from our 300 days of sunshine to our cultural amenities including the museums and our historic sites,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Director Tracey Jerome. “We are excited to welcome travelers to the Sun City.”

The five-page article titled “Historical El Paso,” explores the city as a cultural center and offers visitors suggestions on places to go, where to eat and what souvenirs to take home.

In addition, the article highlights the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History as well as the Hueco Tanks State Park.

According to a recent economic impact study by Americans for the Arts; arts and culture related tourism have a $103.4 million annual impact to the regional economy.

This includes a $1.8 million impact on local hotels and 4,193 full-time jobs.

Alaska Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Seattle and San Diego to El Paso on February 19.

Alaska Airlines is the fifth-largest U.S. airline based on passenger traffic and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Alaska Air Group serves 115 destinations with 1,200 daily departures in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. Major hubs include Seattle, Anchorage, L.A., San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

The “Historical El Paso” article is on page 102 of Alaska Beyond and may be seen online here.

El Paso Housing Market Recognized as “One of the Most Affordable” in Nation

On Wednesday, officials with the City of El Paso announced that the city has received national attention for its affordable housing market by two national organizations: and MSNBC.

“The recognition of our strong and affordable housing market shows the economic growth of our city and how El Paso continues to move forward as an attractive place to live and work,” said Cary Westin, Deputy City Manager of Economic Development and Tourism.

An article written by the economic team at, “The 10 Surprising Housing Markets Poised to Rule in 2019,” listed El Paso as the third best metropolitan area for affordable homes in the country.

The study highlights El Paso’s low cost of living, a boom in construction and new housing subdivisions, along with Fort Bliss, as reasons for a thriving and affordable housing market.

El Paso is the only city in Texas to make the top ten list. Other cities include Phoenix, Las Vegas and Miami.

In an MSNBC article titled “Americans flock to where they can buy a home on a $60,000 salary,” El Paso ranked fourth on the top ten list.

El Paso came in the top 10 because of its average price of a home ($158,200) and the amount of down payment required to purchase a home on a $60,000 salary or less.

Other cities that made the top ten list include Houston, New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

Both articles looked at cities that are flourishing with job growth and increased business, affordable housing as well as an abundance of places to live.

City of El Paso Appoints New Director for International Bridges Department

The City of El Paso is pleased to announce the appointment of David Coronado, as Director of the International Bridges Department. His appointment is effective immediately.

“The economic growth of El Paso and our region is heavily dependent on our binational community.  Commencing in 2015, the City has taken a new approach in the management of our international bridges to expand those economic opportunities as well as to enhance the border crossing experience,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

Part of that approach was the development of a Bridges Steering Committee (BSC) dedicated to bridge infrastructure and inspection processing improvements at ports of entry in the El Paso region by applying Lean Six Sigma methodologies and techniques.

This new collaborative, comprised of over 20 binational regulatory agencies, business groups and other stakeholders, created a venue for all affected agencies to work together on issues negatively impacting the city’s ports.

As a result of these efforts, the BSC identified over 50 projects needed to address needs in the commercial cargo environment at the region’s ports of entry; several projects are either underway or have been completed.

Additionally, in the summer of 2017, the City of El Paso was allocated $32 million in state transportation funding, which will help provide financial resources needed to develop and construct several of these projects.

“David Coronado’s extensive experience in research and data analysis made him instrumental in the development and coordination of the International Bridges Steering Committee,” Managing Director of Aviation and International Bridges Monica Lombrana said.

As director, Coronado will continue to have a profound impact on the department’s direction by administering the department’s multi-million capital improvement plan, which he helped develop. The plan is the first comprehensive program ever created and adopted to address the infrastructure needs of the city-owned international bridges.

Coronado has been with the City of El Paso since March 2010, having worked in multiple capacities in the Departments of Planning and Inspections and International Bridges.

Most recently he served as an Assistant Director for International Bridges. He earned a Masters of Public Administration in Economic Development and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a certified member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism. He is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Eaton to Open Manufacturing Operation in El Paso

Wednesday morning, officials with the Borderplex Alliance, The City of El Paso, and The County of El Paso announced that Eaton, a worldwide power management company, is opening a manufacturing operation in El Paso.

Dee Margo, Mayor, City of El Paso, said, “Eaton Corporation will be an exceptional addition to our local business community. In addition to creating 200 jobs, Eaton will invest over $15 million dollars into our regional economy. Our economic development strategy is in full effect and we are seeing result after result. Companies are recognizing El Paso as a premier place to work, play and visit. We must continue our progress and attract more jobs, more investment, and better opportunities for the people of El Paso.”

According to officials, the new plant will bring over 200 jobs to the region.

Mike Yelton, Senior Vice President – Electrical Sector, Eaton, said, “We’re excited to grow our presence in El Paso. We look forward to working with leaders and future employees in the community to deliver high quality electrical distribution equipment to our customers. Borderplex Alliance and the City and County of El Paso have been great partners, and we appreciate their support of Eaton.”

Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power.  The company has approximately 98,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

Ruben John Vogt, El Paso County Judge, said, “Eaton’s innovative approach to creating power management technologies brings to El Paso yet another diverse company that is building on our growing business portfolio.  The fact that they’ve acquired a property signals their commitment to being partners in our community for years to come; their investment, coupled with the quality jobs they bring, are a clear sign that El Paso is a competitive and desirable place to do business.  We look forward to sharing Eaton’s successful establishment in El Paso with other companies looking to relocate/expand into El Paso.”

Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance said, “We’re thrilled to announce another world-class company is adding new operations in the region and continuing our community’s forward momentum. This announcement is further proof that the Borderplex region is a premier destination for manufacturing and business expansion. My sincerest thanks to Mayor Margo and County Judge Vogt for their leadership and focus on business-friendly policies that improve our community.”

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