El Paso: Expanding Library Services to Support Small Business Growth

The city of El Paso is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
by The city of El Paso | June 15, 2018 AT 10:00 AM
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The city of El Paso is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color. Cities that are chosen for the project will receive valuable support and resources from experts and peers to help them achieve their goals.

You can help select this year’s City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities' pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

What is El Paso proposing?

The city of El Paso proposes enhancing the services offered to local entrepreneurs through the El Paso Public Library WorkPLACE program (Public Literacy Access for Careers and Entrepreneurship). This partnership, modeled after community partnerships led by other urban libraries, would extend economic and educational assistance through small business development and workforce agencies.

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For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on Local Businesses and Jobs Growth, click here.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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Eddie

On: 05-21-2019

Glad to have as many libraries in El Paso and having the opportunities to enrich our lives.

Anthony Kennedy

On: 07-03-2018

Love this presentation. This city is an economic hub.

Carol J. Zierman

On: 07-03-2018

Great way to reach people where they are already accessing services.

Lewis

On: 07-03-2018

El Paso is making a difference in the lives of their citizens, way to go.

VD

On: 06-27-2018

Go El Paso!

Robert

On: 06-26-2018

Great partnership to help citizens while fulfilling the City's Mission!

Gil

On: 06-25-2018

Awesome👍

Nancy Laster

On: 06-25-2018

Our library has become a focal point of our city development. It's expanded role in helping citizens improve their lives through job search, education and learning opportunities makes it a valuable resource in our community.

Mike David

On: 06-22-2018

Great idea! Incorporating small business education is a great way to extend the services offered by our library system.

Dane Aguilar

On: 06-22-2018

El Paso is a remarkable city! Thanks for the positive publicity and information about the El Paso Public Library System.

Alexandria KIng

On: 06-22-2018

Upskilling workers, making workforce development access easy and user friendly is a sure fire way to improve economic development for the individual worker, the employer and the local economy! Bravo, El Paseo!

Mayra De La Canal

On: 06-22-2018

El Paso is growing so fast. Small Businesses are the back bone of our economy.

Martinez

On: 06-22-2018

great 👏

Susana

On: 06-22-2018

Excellent !!!!

Taylor Moreno

On: 06-21-2018

Anything is possible in El Paso

Luz

On: 06-21-2018

Libraries are a place to get ahead and many people doesn't know all the wonderful programs that they offer Im so thankful for the El Paso Public Libraries.

Juan Palma

On: 06-21-2018

Excellent programs especially the citizenship class.

Cesar Alvarado

On: 06-21-2018

Good job!

Ellen Eyberg

On: 06-20-2018

El Paso Public Library is moving in new and exciting directions to support economic development and quality of life in our City.

Sue

On: 06-20-2018

Love the library!

Alba

On: 06-20-2018

I've always believed education is the basis for a stronger economy and a better society. Thumbs up for the amazing programs running at the El Paso libraries.

Rick Aragon

On: 06-20-2018

This is such an innovative program, one that reaches out to especially traditionally underserved communities. El Paso has made so many strides in the past 5-10 years and this is another step forward.

anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

great job El Paso!

anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Excellent, this is just the beginning!

Proud El Pasoan

On: 06-20-2018

We can do it!

Aimee Olivas

On: 06-20-2018

So excited for this collaboration!

Denisse Carter

On: 06-20-2018

Great video!! moving El Paso forward.

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Really Good

A. Ben. Ziems

On: 06-20-2018

Very 🥇 🏆 Good. Absolutly professional!! 👍

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

It’s a way to connect with family and friends and gives you more to be able to talk face to face rather than through a screen.

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Loved it as a child and my children love it

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Libraries rock they need to stay preserved

Anonymous

On: 06-20-2018

Libraries are what keep our youth in touch with reality

Cassandra

On: 06-20-2018

El Paso is doing great work! Let's support their efforts.

Matthew Clarke

On: 06-20-2018

I love supporting libraries. They give so much back to communities.

Aimee J. Camp

On: 06-20-2018

Good job!

Ernestina Kirker-Camp

On: 06-20-2018

That’s fantastic!

Tyler L.

On: 06-20-2018

Way to go!!

Lydia A.

On: 06-20-2018

👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼Come on EP🎉🎉🎉

Mina Alvarez

On: 06-20-2018

Excellent EP!!

Chico

On: 06-20-2018

Ept

Sandy Miller

On: 06-20-2018

Keep it up el paso

Riley

On: 06-20-2018

Awesome idea

Dante lerma two

On: 06-20-2018

Awesome idea

Frances Alvarez

On: 06-20-2018

Such an excellent opportunity for El Paso. Libraries are more than just books. They have plenty of programs. To help the individuals that want and need that assistants.

Manuel Ramos

On: 06-20-2018

I think it's a wonderful and much needed program that would definitely enhance and promote the library as a community resource for much more than books!

Raul Gonzalez

On: 06-20-2018

Go El Paso

Francis Chen

On: 06-20-2018

El Paso is a hidden gem full of incredibly talented, energetic, and optimistic people. Please support!

David

On: 06-20-2018

Great idea

Andrea Cortez

On: 06-20-2018

The Paso del Norte region is known as the largest bilingual, binational workforce on this hemisphere. It is wonderful to create certification opportunities for the community to further prepare to enter the workforce.

Jovani Francia

On: 06-19-2018

The library is the epicenter for public learning. A library is not just a place where books are shelved but a source of knowledge - whether it be literature, art, or instruction and print, digital, or interactive. Any further initiatives by the City for their public libraries are excellent means to encouraging public learning.

Kristen Karam

On: 06-19-2018

Brilliant idea! This combines development of local economy with education with general connection in the community. Thank you for your leadership, Mr. Pumphry!

Jessica Marie Quezada-Santiago

On: 06-19-2018

I was unaware that the Libraries in El Paso provided such a wide range of programs. I have always been a great supporter and advocate for the Public Library, it is a great place to go relax and be transported to faraway places via books. I am very happy that the El Paso Public Libraries have committed to further the education of the citizens of our region.

Bill Phillips

On: 06-19-2018

El Paso

Omar Martinez

On: 06-19-2018

This is a great step towards helping small businesses and motivate people of color to see through their innate entrepreneurial vision

Nicole Ferrini

On: 06-19-2018

Libraries are centers of opportunity. This innovative program encourages cross sector collaboration and promotes local talent.....both key needs in the El Paso community.

Juanita Kamalipour

On: 06-19-2018

Five-Star Rating

Juanita Kamalipour

On: 06-19-2018

Great Video

Martha A. Toscano

On: 06-19-2018

As the Library Literacy Coordinator, I can attest to the empowering effect libraries have on individuals, families, neighborhoods and the community as a whole. Countless individuals have taken advantage of the adult literacy services offered by the El Paso Public Library since 1989 when the program was established. The El Paso Public Library Literacy Center assists individuals of all ages to find the services and resources they need to learn how to read and write, to become U.S. citizens, to obtain their GED, to become computer literate, to know how to use the library, and to help them achieve their goals and develop their knowledge and potential.

Sarah Elena Dillabough

On: 06-19-2018

Libraries are community spaces that people feel safe in. The Work PLACE program and the integration of El Paso Public Libraries into the Economic Development portfolio creates a more skilled workforce ripe for business and entrepreneurship.

Mike Sol

On: 06-19-2018

It goes without saying that this program has taken many steps to help El Paso as a whole and to ensure growth for the future.

Lauren Baldwin

On: 06-19-2018

El Paso has a lot to offer for local businesses and entrepreneurs!

LaraLaura

On: 06-19-2018

Resources on hand at Library

David Panko

On: 06-19-2018

Libraries-the secret of success!

Juli Lozano

On: 06-19-2018

what a great program! It is soo helpful for our community and its growth.

Jesus

On: 06-19-2018

Awesome!

Eddy

On: 06-19-2018

Excellent

Stephanie Santiago

On: 06-19-2018

This is a great tool for the citizens of El Paso! Looking forward to the continued collaboration with the Library.

s. marrufo

On: 06-19-2018

Excellent!

Erasmo Ceniceros

On: 06-19-2018

Great opportunity for El Paso!

Cary Westin

On: 06-19-2018

Our libraries strive to innovate in how they deliver services to our residents!