Economic development events free to public

During National Economic Development Week, the City of El Paso and community partners are hosting a series of events focusing on local economic development.

Economic Development Week is about recognizing efforts to promote growth, job creation and improvements to El Paso’s quality of place.

The City of El Paso with El Paso County, Ciudad Juarez, Progress321, Borderplex Alliance, the Downtown Management District, the Medical Center of the Americas and other community partners are hosting a series of events highlighting economic development efforts and the strategy for the region.

“The growth we continue to experience is due to our regional strategic plan and collaborative efforts. By positioning El Paso as a region, we have increased our opportunities to attract new businesses to our community. Events during Economic Development Week are perfect for the public to engage with our team and learn more about what we do,” said Jessica Herrera, Director of the Economic and International Development Department.

The economic development events are free and open to the public.

May 7 - May 11

Monday: Economic Development Week Kickoff!

9:30 a.m. – Commissioner’s Court Resolution

Commissioners Court will officially kick off ED Week with the signing of a resolution
Local EDOs will be present for the signing and will meet for a photo after the resolution. o Location: 500 San Antonio, 3rd Floor

11 a.m. – Discussion with Joe Gudenrath, Downtown Management District

Mr. Gudenrath will be discussing El Paso’s Downtown Revitalization o Location: San Jacinto Plaza

5:30 p.m. Kick-Off Reception at Hotel Indigo (cash bar)

Guest remarks o Resilient Cities- Nicole Ferrini

El Paso Public Library- Mark Pumphrey

Foreign Trade Zone- David Panko

Tuesday, May 8, 2018- ‘Business Retention and Expansion’

9 a.m. – Representative Ordaz Perez will read the official proclamation to dedicate Economic Development Week

Location: City 1 lobby (300 N. Campbell)

9:15 a.m. – Short press conference

Location: City 1 lobby (300 N. Campbell)

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Presentation on Texas Workforce Commission Programs

Muriel Borders, TWC

Dwayne Williams, City of El Paso Economic and International Development o Location: SBDC Office, 9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. B #B520

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’

8:30-9:30 a.m. – ‘Bio El Paso’ Tour (MCA)

For Cd. Juarez Officials only o Location: Tec de Monterrey, Juarez

9 a.m. - ‘1 million cups’ event @ HUB of Human Innovation

Location: 500 W. Overland Ave, Ste. 230

2 p.m. - Tour of Medical Center of the Americas, Cardwell Collaborative Building

Location: 5130 Gateway Blvd. East, Ste. 110

Thursday , May 10, 2018- ‘Redevelopment’

8:30 a.m. - Salt and Honey, featuring guest speaker Rafael Arellano, Economic and International Development

Focus on TOD and Infill Incentive policies o Location: 801 Piedras

10 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. – ‘Seed Library Exhibit’ – El Paso Public Library

Learn about the Seed Library Program made available at all public library locations with a special exhibit and display at Dorris Van Doren during normal operating hours. Check out new outdoor seed garden in the Teen patio area and find out more information. Library cards are not required to check out seeds. o Location: 551 E. Redd Road

5:30 pm. – Progressor Talks

How do Economic Incentives really work? featuring City of El Paso’s Jessica Herrera, Director, Economic and International Development. o Location: El Paso Club

7 p.m. – HUBTalks

During this 20 minute talk, Hector Carbajal from Education USA speaks about the benefits that studying abroad can bring to you and your community. The talk is followed by a networking session. More information at: FREE entry o Location: Technology HUB facilities, Ciudad Juarez

Friday, May 11, 2018- ‘Wrap – up’

7:30a.m. – El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Cafe y Pan Dulce

City of El Paso Economic Development Department will be giving a brief presentation o Location: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E. Montecillo Blvd., El Paso, Texas 79912

9 a.m- 10 a.m.- Workforce Solutions Borderplex presentation

For Library Staff only. nformational session highlighting the services offered by Workforce Solutions Borderplex o Location: El Paso Main Library, 501 N. Oregon Street

9:30 a.m. - Sherman Plaza Open house (Housing Authority of El Paso)

Location: 4531 Blanco, El Paso, Texas 79905

10 a.m. - Housing Authority of El Paso Sherman Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas (HACEP) will officially unveil Sherman Plaza, a $24 Million affordable housing community reconstructed as part of the agency's larger $1.3 Billion RAD initiative. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. o Location: 4531 Blanco, El Paso, Texas 79905

1 p.m. - Learn More about the Learning Express Library (El Paso Public Libraries)

“Learning Express Library features nearly 1000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more.” Please join us to learn more about this valuable, and free, online database. Location: 1300 Hawkins, Jose Cisneros Cielo Vista Library

1 p.m. – Job Seeker Informational Session at El Paso Main Library

Workforce Solutions Borderplex will set up an informational booth for job seekers. Current job openings will be listed and handouts will be provided. o Location: El Paso Main Library, 501 N. Oregon in the Atrium

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