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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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02/11/2021

Cutting-Edge Cross-Border Logistics Company Headed To Borderplex Region

EL PASO, February 11, 2021 – Today, The Borderplex Alliance, the City of El Paso, and El Paso County announced that Forager is expanding to the Borderplex region.

Forager is a cross-border logistics technology company that’s revolutionizing the trillion-dollar supply chain industry. Led by Co-Founder and CEO Matt Silver, Forager launched in 2018 to tackle the challenges of shipping truckload freight between the United States, Mexico, and Canada with innovative marketplace technology.

“A huge piece of our business is in and around the U.S./Mexico border, specifically in places like El Paso and Laredo. Those crossings are critical to the North American supply chain, so they’re critical to our operations,” said Forager CEO Matt Silver.

Since raising a $10M Series A in March of 2019, Forager has hired 68 fully remote employees based across the U.S. and Mexico.

“We’re a cross-border company and we want our team to continuously reflect that. The Borderplex Alliance serves that goal while also driving economic development to areas that are already key to our business,” Silver said.

Forager plans to continue hiring within the Borderplex region and is seeking talented applicants for both carrier-facing and customer-facing sales roles.

Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Forager to El Paso. Companies like these represent our community’s future, which will increasingly focus on our regional strengths.”

El Paso County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego said, “Forager has a reputation of being one of the fastest-growing cross-border companies in the technology industry, which is precisely the kind of company that we want in our community. They are innovative, forward-looking, and are ready to benefit from the strengths our region has to offer. Welcome!”

Jon Barela, CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, said, “Our continued success as a region depends on attracting businesses like Forager. I’m grateful to Forager and to our partners in the city and county for helping us land this great company. 2021 is going to be an excellent year for our region.”

To learn more and apply, visit https://www.foragerscs.com.

Borderplex Alliance Announces New HireNew VP of Development and Investor Relations
02/09/2021

Borderplex Alliance Announces New Hire
New VP of Development and Investor Relations

01/29/2021

We are proud to share that Tony A. Ramirez has been selected by Consultant Connect as one of North America's Top Economic Developers of 2021! 🎉

"These winners represent a group of individuals who are continually fighting for their communities and making waves with their leadership."

Thank you Tony for your commitment to the Borderplex region! Your hard work and forward thinking mindset are invaluable to our organization.

Old Cities, New Ways
01/07/2021

Old Cities, New Ways

Out Now! Listen to our latest interview with Jon Barela, who stopped by for a conversation with us a while ago. It was a pleasure and a privilege to sit down with him, and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

#elpaso #lascruces #juarez #podcast #borderplex #elpasopodcasters #Texas #ocnw

Old Cities, New Ways
01/07/2021

Old Cities, New Ways

Out Now! Listen to our latest interview with Jon Barela, who stopped by for a conversation with us a while ago. It was a pleasure and a privilege to sit down with him, and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

#elpaso #lascruces #juarez #podcast #borderplex #elpasopodcasters #Texas #ocnw

El Paso is ranked #4 in Bankrate.com's Best places to live when you can work from anywhere list. El Paso, TexasAffordabi...
01/07/2021
Best Places To Live When You Can Work From Anywhere | Bankrate

El Paso is ranked #4 in Bankrate.com's Best places to live when you can work from anywhere list.

El Paso, Texas

Affordability: 10 out of 10
Wellness: 9 out of 10
Safety: 8 out of 10
Connectivity: 8 out of 10
Accessibility: 4 out of 10

El Paso didn’t make an appearance on our 2021 best places to live in Texas, but that’s mainly due to the fact that the biggest employers are located in the state’s other, larger cities. With no need for an office, however, El Paso soars as a culturally rich border city that trades the towering skyscrapers of Dallas or Houston with the natural wonder of the Franklin Mountains.

It’s cheap, too. El Paso has the lowest cost of living among any of the cities on our list, and you’ll also reap the Texas benefit of paying no state income tax. One downside, though, is the city’s accessibility. While all the major carriers operate in El Paso, there’s no direct service to major business centers on the East Coast. So, if you’re planning to be a frequent traveler, you’re going to need to deal with the headache of extra connections. https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/work-remotely/

If you can work from anywhere, where should you live?

12/30/2020
Old Cities, New Ways

COMING SOON: https://fb.watch/2IHqCogu2F/

As our next guest, we would like to introduce the CEO of The Borderplex Alliance, Jon Barela, who stopped by to discuss a bit about his life, the future of the Borderplex region, and his favorite tequila. Be sure to look out for our upcoming episode!

The Borderplex Alliance

#elpaso #Juarez #LasCruces #podcast

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

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