Economic Development

Our City’s focus is to increase new and sustainable career opportunities, facilitate local and international business growth while contributing to a high quality of life for residents and visitors.

The El Paso Region

El Paso is the largest metro area along the Texas-Mexico border which boasts a best-in-class, business-friendly operating environment while also offering a great living experience. As the sixth-largest city in Texas, El Paso is a top 20% U.S. performing economy and continues to experience positive economic growth by attracting new businesses and helping existing companies to grow.

Our region represents one of the largest manufacturing centers in North America and is recognized as globally competitive. This is largely due to our strategic and fluid relationship to the border, resulting in the largest bilingual and bi-cultural workforce in the Western Hemisphere. Our area creates an intersection of possibilities for economic development.

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Economic Development Office

Elizabeth Triggs
(915) 212-0094
Bill Allen
Assistant Director
Industry Development
(915) 212-1619
Mary Lou Espinoza
Capital Assets Manager
Real Estate Management
(915) 212-0825
Karina Brasgalla
Assistant Director
(915) 212-1570
Mirella Craigo
Assistant Director
Small Business Assistance
(915) 212-1617
Lindsey Adams
Legislative Liaison
Legislative Program
(915) 212-1622
Ian Voglewede
Strategic Partnerships Officer
Strategic Initiatives
(915) 212-0094
Alejandra Fuentes
Contract Compliance
(915) 212-1618

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City of El Paso Economic Development Agreements

Texas Comptroller’s Chapter 380 and 381
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Additional Business Resources


Foreign Trade Zone

The El Paso Foreign Trade Zone is core to our regional and international business. It is an integral part of the City's investment strategy providing a business platform to prosper in the region. Learn more about and become part of the FTZ.

El Paso's Foreign Trade Zone

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is providing a Coronavirus Small Business Guide that will help you know all your available resources to help your business bounce back and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Mask Mandate in Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order No.GA-34 lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. Wearing a face covering is still strongly encouraged.

Executive Order No. GA-34

Retail Recruitment & Expansion

Make El Paso, Texas Part of Your Southwest Expansion Plans

As the 22nd largest city in the U.S., El Paso represents one of the largest international border metroplexes in the world because it borders the state of New Mexico and the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. El Paso has many business related accomplishments which include:

  • Drawn a consumer base of more than 2.6 million people
  • Been ranked by the US News & World Report as a Best Place to Live in the USA for quality of life
  • Generated more than $12.5 billion in retail sale
  • Produced a Gross Domestic Product of over $32.5 billion
  • Home to Fort Bliss, the Department of Defense's second largest installation
  • Home to University of Texas El Paso, a Tier 1 Research University
  • Home to our community which boasts a young, highly educated, and diverse population

El Pasoans are ready for new and diverse options in grocery, dining and entertainment, sports & outdoor recreation, destination concepts, and many more! Expanding our base of quality retail is a priority and we would like to extend an invitation to become part of our growing and vibrant community! Within the last two years, our city has welcomed numerous retailers with open arms and record-setting grand openings.

Retail Recruitment & Expansion