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    Empowerment Zone Grant 2008 Public Meetings

    City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development – Empowerment Zone

    Remaining Public (Community) Meetings
    Translators (English/Spanish) will be available during each meeting.

    Saturday, February 2nd
    Armijo Library (620 E. Seventh Ave.) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 5th
    Capistrano Elementary (240 Mecca Dr.) 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Empowerment Zone residents, business owners/employees and other concerned parties are invited to participate in several bilingual community meetings to:
    • Learn more about planning for the Empowerment Zone,
    • Offer suggestions about the priorities of the new Strategic Plan,
    • Identify concerns that the City Council should address in allocating funds.
    On January 13, 1999, El Paso was one of 15 cities nationwide, and the only city in Texas, to receive an Empowerment Zone (EZ) designation from HUD under Round II of the federal EZ Program. El Paso's EZ has been named El Corazon de El Paso (the Heart of El Paso) because of its rich historical and cultural significance. Encompassing the central core of the city and a portion of the Ysleta area on the east side of town, El Corazon de El Paso is rich in economic possibilities, yet is also one of the most impoverished urban areas in the United States.

    An Empowerment Zone is a federally recognized distressed area in need of sustainable community development. The Federal Government has been actively engaged in assisting the designated communities in realizing their revitalization strategies. By providing tax incentives, grants, loans, and technical assistance, the federal initiative has helped spur private investment in communities that have experienced severe economic decline. The program provides performance-oriented, flexible Federal grant funding so communities can design local solutions that empower residents to participate in the revitalization of their neighborhoods.

    The El Paso Empowerment Zone contains 12 census tracts with a 1990 Census population of 51,444 (90 less than the maximum eligible under EZ criteria) and a total area of 10.8 square miles. Statistically, the residents of the El Paso EZ are among the City’s poorest.

    The Vision for the Future
    The Strategic Plan
    Available Funds and Other Resources for Empowerment Zone Projects
    Role of the Empowerment Zone Advisory Board

    For more information and/or to be placed on the EZ mailing list, contact:
    Isela Robison

    Empowerment Zone Coordinator
    City of El Paso – Community and Human Development Department

    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
      Read more....

    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.

    Major Issues:
    • Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Announces Call for Applicants for FY2009 Cultural Funding Program
      The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announces the availability of funds for FY 2009.
    • Revitalization Plan and Strategies aimed at the Chamizal and Lower Dyer Neighborhoods
      The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development Neighborhood Services Division is aimed at revitalizing the neighborhoods of Chamizal and Lower Dyer.

    Public Safety & Health:
    • Police Chief Shares ’07 Successes
      EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT – Proudly serving with integrity and dedication to preserve life, enforce the law and work in partnership with the community.

    Development & Infrastructure:
    • Construction Update: Westside Flood Damage Improvements, Phase I
      As progress continues in the first phase of the Westside Flood Damage Improvements Project, the public is advised that construction is expected to close some additional lanes along Shadow Mountain.
    • Cash for Cans
      This past year, the City of El Paso participated in the annual Cash for Cans national recycling competition.
    • Border City Recycles Day!
      America Recycles Day, November 15, is annually the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle, buy recycled products and donate items to be reused.

    • Downtown Construction UPDATE; Effect on Sun Metro Operation
      Downtown Construction Project reaches final stages.

    Quality of Life:
    • Parks and Recreation Announces Flashdance 2008
      Flashdance 2008 will be on February 9th and 10th at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater. The times for the show will be at 7:00 p.m. on February 9th and 2:00 p.m. on February 10th. Tickets are $5.
    • El Paso Zoo Accepts Award for Fort Bliss Collaboration
      El Paso Zoo Accepts Award for Fort Bliss CollaborationThe El Paso Zoo’s mission is all about helping kids learn, and it’s not just about teaching them the ways of conservation (though that is one of our primary goals) – it’s also about rewarding them for their hard work.
    • New Rawlings Dental Clinic Open House
      New Rawlings Dental Clinic Open HouseMade possible with Community Development Block Grant Funds.

    • Gift to Mayor Cook Displayed
      Mark Paulda, a well known photographer in the El Paso area known for designing and producing creative and distinctive special events, has presented Mayor Cook with a folio of his work.
    • Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center Looking for Instructors
      The Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center at 3001 Parkwood St. is looking for instructors for a variety of classes at the center for the New Year.
    • Child Crisis Center New Indoor/Outdoor Recreation Facility Ground Breaking Ceremony
      Made possible with Community Development Block Grant funds
    • City of El Paso’s Community and Human Development
      Don’t Borrow Trouble Campaign

      Do you have financial & legal worries? Come to a free community legal clinic and receive free legal advice.
    • A Cultural Arts Performance featuring the Dallas Black Dance Theater
      The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with the El Paso Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the UTEP Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film and the Victory Warriors Dance and Drill Team present: A Cultural Arts Performance featuring the Dallas Black Dance Theater.
    • Lifeguard Instructor Training Available
      The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will be offering various training for Lifeguards in certification throughout the city next month.
    • In Celebration of Black History Month The El Paso Museum of History Presents:
      Author Max Sherman on Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder
    • Department of Community and Human Development’s FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM
      Department of Community and Human Development’sDCHD recently honored these dedicated foster grandparents for their efforts.

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