The Borderplex Alliance

The Borderplex Alliance The Borderplex Alliance promotes the regional economic development of the binational, bicultural area of El Paso, Juarez, Mexico, and Southern New Mexico.
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El Paso Electric CEO Joins Borderplex Alliance Executive Committee
11/12/2020

El Paso Electric CEO Joins Borderplex Alliance Executive Committee

11/11/2020

Thank you to all who served. 🇺🇸 #VeteransDay

10/13/2020

A Breath of Fresh Air
New Company Expanding to Borderplex Region

El PASO – October 13, 2020 – The Borderplex Alliance today announced Air Compressor Solutions, a top equipment solutions retailer in the compressed air industry, is headed to the Borderplex region.

Air Compressor Solutions provides electric and diesel air compressors, portable generators, light towers, and air tool products for customers in Midland, Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, Texas and all of New Mexico.

Headquartered in Odessa, Texas, the company is expanding to El Paso after recently winning distributorship rights to Ingersoll Rand products and services. The company plans to hire ten employees in El Paso and invest nearly $1 million in the region. Air Compressor Solutions' presence supports the manufacturing supply chain on both sides of the border.

Brian Stubbs, president and owner of Air Compressor Solutions, said, "We're grateful to the Borderplex Alliance for their guidance and assistance in our expansion. The Borderplex region is an essential next step for our company. We hope to grow, invest, and create a lasting presence here."

Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, said, "We're dedicated to helping companies big and small, bring economic base jobs to the region. We welcome Air Compressor Solutions to the region and look forward to their continued success."

For more information, please visit acsir.com.

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Fortune 500 Company Expanding to BorderplexApproximately 1,000 Jobs and $150m Investment Expected to Head to Region
10/05/2020

Fortune 500 Company Expanding to Borderplex
Approximately 1,000 Jobs and $150m Investment Expected to Head to Region

El Paso Strong is more than a slogan. Our resolve and commitment to one another have become shining examples of healing ...
08/03/2020
El Paso Victims Relief Fund

El Paso Strong is more than a slogan. Our resolve and commitment to one another have become shining examples of healing and resilience.

Together with our community, The Borderplex Alliance remembers and honors the memory of those we lost. May God bless the victims and give strength and comfort to their families.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PdNCF) and El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) created One Fund El Paso, a nonprofit agency, in August 2019 to oversee the distribution of donations intended to support victims and survivors of those directly impacted by the August 3rd tragedy.  Led by ...

Amazon Announces First Fulfillment Center in El PasoNew 625,000 square-foot site to create over 700 new, full-time jobsS...
07/22/2020

Amazon Announces First Fulfillment Center in El Paso
New 625,000 square-foot site to create over 700 new, full-time jobs

SEATTLE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – July 22, 2020 – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in El Paso, Texas. The new fulfillment center, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 700 new full-time jobs with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

“We’re excited to be growing our operations in west Texas and look forward to building out our network in El Paso,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders and we look forward to creating over 700 full-time jobs for the El Paso community, with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

"Three years ago we held a press conference about our plans to try and get Amazon to El Paso. Today my administration delivered,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “I'm so proud of the teamwork and collaboration between Amazon, the City, the County, and Borderplex Alliance. We're making tremendous strides together, and our city has a bright future.”

In the new 625,000 square-foot fulfillment center, Amazon employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The site, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 700 new full-time jobs.

“Amazon is a transcendent company, and this is one of the most significant economic development projects for our region in decades,” said Jon Barela, CEO of Borderplex Alliance. “For years we've worked diligently with our partners at Amazon to demonstrate our region's value and capabilities. We're grateful for Amazon's presence in our community during these difficult economic times and I remain optimistic that our region will help lead our nation's economic recovery.”

On top of Amazon’s industry-leading minimum starting wage from $15, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

Amazon has also pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in demand jobs. Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.

"Creating new and better opportunities for El Pasoans is my passion. Now more than ever, it's essential our community proactively pursue and recruit great companies like Amazon,” said El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego. “Once again, El Paso County is leading when others are following. Together, with our partners at the Borderplex Alliance and the City of El Paso we are achieving what would have been considered impossible only a few short years ago.”

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $10.5 billion into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to thousands of employees in the state. Amazon's investments in Texas contributed an additional $9 billion into the Texas economy, and using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state have created an additional 32,000+ indirect jobs on top of the company's direct hires.

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Borderplex Alliance Wins Coveted Workforce Excellence AwardTEDC Recognizes Exceptional ContributionsEL PASO, Texas (July...
07/14/2020

Borderplex Alliance Wins Coveted Workforce Excellence Award

TEDC Recognizes Exceptional Contributions

EL PASO, Texas (July 14, 2020) — The Borderplex Alliance today announced it is the recipient of the Texas Economic Development (TEDC) 2020 Workforce Development Award.

The TEDC award is in recognition of the Borderplex Alliance’s “exceptional contributions in implementing successful workforce initiatives.”

Specifically, the award was given in recognition of the Borderplex Alliance’s Small Business Leaders Event. Held in October of 2019, The Borderplex Alliance and Riverbend Development partnered to organize a career exploration and awareness event with local businesses, four schools, and an entrepreneurship organization at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The event offered 60 students the opportunity to learn about business from Riverbend Development (https://elpasoriverbend.com) , tour their operations, and hear directly from local entrepreneurs about the importance of business and job creation in the Borderplex region. This was the first event of this type to take place in El Paso.

“We’re humbled and grateful to receive this award from the TEDC. Kassandra Huhn, Vice President of Workforce Development and Analytics, was the driving force behind this successful event. Her enthusiasm, energy, and drive are making a positive impact on our region’s workforce. I also want to thank Riverbend Development for their partnership and belief in our mission. By partnering with local entrepreneurs and our region’s schools, we’re laying the groundwork for a future pipeline of a qualified and engaged workforce,” said Jon Barela, The Borderplex Alliance’s CEO.

Below is a photo of the event with students, our partners, and local business owners.

Join us on July 16th at 10:00 AM MT for a special panel discussion on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA)....
07/13/2020

Join us on July 16th at 10:00 AM MT for a special panel discussion on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Featuring:

· Duncan Wood, Moderator
· Ruth Hughs, Texas Secretary of State
· Rachel McCormick, Canadian Consul General
· Mauricio Ibarra, Mexican Consul General

To join the meeting, click here: https://bit.ly/USMCA_Panel

Statement on Trump- López Obrador Meeting
07/08/2020

Statement on Trump- López Obrador Meeting

News Alert: USMCA Goes into Effect
06/30/2020

News Alert: USMCA Goes into Effect

06/18/2020

Statement on Supreme Court’s DACA Decision:

“We applaud today’s Supreme Court decision. Allowing 800,000 productive, tax-paying, and ambitious young people to work, attend school, serve in the armed forces, and stay in the country lawfully is both humane and fiscally prudent. The DREAMers account for nearly $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions and add more than $460.3 billion to the GDP. At a time of unprecedented economic volatility, business leaders across the ideological spectrum recognize that immigrants are vital to the future of our nation and our economy. DREAMers grew up in our neighborhoods, went to school with our children, passed background checks, have registered with the government, and have jumped through every conceivable hurdle the federal government has asked of them—all for the privilege of being allowed to continue contributing to the greatness of America. While the Supreme Court's decision today is reassuring, we urge Congress to find a longterm, bipartisan solution to our inefficient and short-sighted immigration system. Doing so will make the country more prosperous and allow us to live up to our highest ideals as a nation.” -- Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance

"Identifying successful police departments could encourage better police practices, thus saving black (and other) lives....
06/11/2020
Opinion | How Academia Failed to Improve Police Practices

"Identifying successful police departments could encourage better police practices, thus saving black (and other) lives. In our performance metrics, New York City came out on top and El Paso, Texas, second."

Replicating good policing is less interesting to social scientists than promoting political causes in papers.

Texas is open for business. Now what?
06/10/2020
Texas is open for business. Now what? - REJournals

Texas is open for business. Now what?

Over the final two weeks in May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott instituted a graduated opening of the state’s economy. But what does this look like...Learn More

Our thanks to Luis Alvarez, CEO of Ready One, for the generous donation of 100 high-quality, reusable face masks. Manufa...
06/04/2020

Our thanks to Luis Alvarez, CEO of Ready One, for the generous donation of 100 high-quality, reusable face masks. Manufactured in El Paso, Ready One is the only company producing masks of this type in the nation. Ready One is hiring and expanding in El Paso. For more information, please visit https://www.readyone.org. Our sincerest thanks to Ready One.

05/27/2020
environmentamerica.org

El Paso ranks 3rd in Texas, 18th in nation for solar energy
Solar energy in Sun City grew 42% last year

AUSTIN - With more than 50 megawatts of solar energy, El Paso ranks 3rd in Texas and 18th nationally, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The results come from the seventh edition of Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy.

“El Paso’s leadership on solar has not only provided residents with clean, renewable power, but has also given other cities an excellent example on how to make it happen,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. “Despite the current slowdown in solar development due to COVID-19, the remarkable progress of the past year is worth highlighting.”

According to the report, “El Paso has a county-wide PACE program that allows access to low-cost financing for solar projects for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties. City zoning codes allow a right to sunlight, forbidding construction that would shade productive solar panels. El Paso Electric, the first utility in Texas and New Mexico to go coal-free, offered a 350MW request for proposals for solar and energy storage in 2019, as part of its promise to increase its investment in utility- scale solar in both states. El Paso’s capacity of 50.5 MW of solar power is larger than both Dallas and Houston’s, and its per capita capacity of 74 watts per person is comparable with Austin. El Paso Electric currently offers 5 MW of community solar, capable of powering 2,400 homes, to all ratepayers in its Texas service territory. A public art piece in the style of a contemporary Aztec calendar pavilion, made of concrete, prisms and solar panels, provides public power outlets and educational signs about solar power."
“This report underscores our commitment to meeting our regional customers changing needs in a safe, clean, reliable, and cost-effective manner,” said El Paso Electric’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Adrian J. Rodriguez. “Our ability to grow our renewable energy portfolio with additional solar is maximized with the addition of battery storage capability. This will be the first time in our utility’s history to fully harness the power of the sun from solar facilities, just as we were one of the first Texas utilities to offer a community solar program for our Texas customers.”

El Paso doesn't appear in the official rankings as it doesn't fall within the methodology of the report. However based on its solar capacity, it would rank 18th in the nation - ahead of New Orleans, Houston and Boston.

Beyond the findings in El Paso, the report examined national solar power in major cities over the past seven years. The analysis found that of the 57 cities surveyed in all seven editions of this report, almost 90 percent more than doubled their total installed solar PV capacity between 2013 and 2019. Overall, this year’s Shining Cities survey ranked 70 of America’s major cities by solar energy capacity. Honolulu placed first overall for solar energy capacity per capita, while Los Angeles finished No. 1 in total solar energy capacity installed. San Antonio led the state and came in 5th place nationally for total solar within its city limits. Austin Energy ranked first among municipally owned utilities for per capita solar capacity of all solar owned or contracted (including outside city limits), by supplying more than 1,500 watts per person of solar energy to its customers.

These numbers show tremendous progress, but the continued implementation of key policies, like those outlined in Environment Texas Research & Policy Center’s Renewables on the Rise report will be critical to keep clean energy growing.

“With the continued growth in solar at risk in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we must make smart policy choices in this space," said Metzger. "That means taking steps to build the future we need, by investing in infrastructure that advances a future powered entirely by renewable energy sources."

https://environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/Renewables-On-The-Rise/FRG-AME_Renewables-On-The-Rise_2019_v1a.pdf

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