Economic Development

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The City of El Paso Economic and International Development Department works with International Bridges, the El Paso International Airport, and Capital Improvements Department, and external partners to compete for federal, state, and local grant opportunities, including major federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

Grants allow the City of El Paso to complete major infrastructure projects and initiatives at a reduced cost to the City and taxpayers.

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Secured Grants In 2022

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Advanced Manufacturing Campus


El Paso International Airport Improvements


Ysleta Port of Entry Pedestrian Improvements


Other awards in Transportation and Sustainability

Project Overviews

Economic and International Development assists with major infrastructure projects and initiatives for the city.
Learn more about current projects below.

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El Paso International Airport Advanced Manufacturing District Development

The El Paso Makes Coalition along with GM, the El Paso Electric Company and the City of El Paso, University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Rio Grande Council of Governments, and the City of El Paso has joined forces to bolster defense and manufacturing capabilities by attracting and assisting new entrants into those industries in our region, while also building skills of our area’s workforce. 
An Advanced Manufacturing District will be developed at a 250-acre site near the El Paso International Airport for public and private investment in aerospace and defense manufacturing to include university and industry design centers and low- and medium-volume manufacturers

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I-10 Deck Plaza

TxDOT is considering proposed roadway infrastructure improvements to I-10. The City of El Paso partnered with the Paso del Norte Foundation and other stakeholders to scope the construction of a Deck Plaza in Downtown El Paso as a separate undertaking. If TxDOT makes improvements to I-10 through Downtown El Paso, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to weave the urban fabric of Downtown and Uptown back together with the addition of a Deck Plaza.

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Map showing proposed pedestrian improvements

Ysleta Port of Entry Pedestrian Improvements

The proposed project entails much-needed pedestrian improvements to the Ysleta Port of Entry. This project will provide needed improvements and amenities for pedestrian crossers, transit riders and cyclists, enhance connectivity and mobility for border crossers between our two sister cities and improve the overall quality of life for daily commuters. Infrastructure improvements will alleviate congestion, remove points of conflict and increase safety for pedestrians, drop-offs, transit users, and personal and commercial vehicle traffic.

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Paso del Norte Trail Community Project Funding Grant

Paso del Norte Trail Community Project Funding Grant

The City of El Paso will partner with the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to complete a pilot segment of the Paso del Norte Trail. The City of El Paso was awarded $1 million FY2022 Community Project Funding through the Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. Click on the Public Notice and Environmental links below to access the City of El Paso's environmental findings for this project.

This trail will serve as a model infrastructure project demonstrating the value of trails for our community and connecting a central employment hub, the Medical Center of the Americas to public facilities, services, and amenities. The pilot segment prioritizes connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, provides safe recreation space, and creates a community amenity to promote healthy lifestyles, drive ecotourism, improve the visual impression of the community, increase the value of nearby residential and commercial properties, and to promote sustainable development.

Environmental Assessment

Public Notice

EV Charging Stations

EV Charging Network

The City of El Paso in partnership with El Paso Electric is bringing together automakers and local public and private agencies to create a charging network for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. Charging infrastructure projects will help increase access to additional clean transportation options.

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