El Paso: Expanding the Opportunity Umbrella

The city of El Paso is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities promote economic equity.
by The city of El Paso | May 1, 2019 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 promote economic equity.

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 the city proposing?

Through connections made in the initial meeting with El Paso's regional stakeholders and previous cohort participants, they will engage in several roundtables and focus groups to receive feedback on the City's procurement process. From there, El Paso will develop a series of workshops under the Accelerate EP umbrella to include a cohort of minority businesses.

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For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on promoting economic equity, 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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Fernando

On: 01-14-2020

El paso a city with great potential love my city.

MC

On: 05-30-2019

I'm proud to call this city my own. I can't wait to see what the future has for us.

Anonymous

On: 05-22-2019

Very good presentation, being a native El Pasoan, I believe we can offer many diverse options in all areas of community service, business, recreation, and growth. Keep up the good work!

MK

On: 05-21-2019

It's excellent to see that our city is acknowledging the great potential for growth in our business community.

M.Hernandez

On: 05-21-2019

It's great to see all the attractions and changes done to the City Of El Paso. Immigration in the other hand...needs work and help!

Patrick Ross

On: 05-21-2019

El Paso is an awesome place to raise a family set a foundation. It's also not bad being able to play golf 11 months out of the year.

UNKNOWN

On: 05-21-2019

Excellent!

GN

On: 05-21-2019

It is important for everyone to be considered and be made to feel they are an integral part of a city’s growth and vitality. This project would facilitate that inclusiveness to our communities small businesses.

Amy Orona

On: 05-21-2019

El Paso is leading the initiative!! Go El Paso!!

Eddie

On: 05-21-2019

Livability is becoming more and more of an issue for people of El Paso which is my opinion.

PM

On: 05-21-2019

Great to see how El Paso is growing, being one of the biggest Military Cities in the U.S. its great to see that there is plenty of opportunities for Veterans here in El Paso. Keep moving forward El Paso.

Eddie Garcia

On: 05-21-2019

Hello, I'm happy to see that the City of El Paso is sending the message to help the city grow for a better future.

Oscar Aranda

On: 05-21-2019

A city with a great potential, Love El Paso.

Edward Cruz

On: 05-21-2019

It’s good that El Paso is getting the exposure it really needs and deserves...

Jesus Ortega

On: 05-20-2019

El Paso will be growing more with our new roads and growing businesses. This video states it well.

jesus

On: 05-20-2019

love my hometown

JP

On: 05-20-2019

Safe city, growing, great weather,

Danny

On: 05-20-2019

The fact that El Paso is a finalist shows that El Paso is moving forward in promoting economic equality for small businesses and the community as a whole.

Ellen

On: 05-20-2019

El Paso is on the fringe of the immigration issue--they need all the help they can get to be able to stay out in front of the needs of the community.

jesus yamaguchi

On: 05-20-2019

The City of El Paso is seeing change like no other. The revitalization in the downtown area plus around the city is changing people's idea of El Paso. It is very exciting to see that transformation and be part of it as well.

ALEXIS

On: 05-20-2019

El Paso is HOME

JA

On: 05-20-2019

I think the city is moving in the right direction and can only improve moving forward.

KR

On: 05-20-2019

Although there is still much room to grow, the procurement process for the City of El Paso has made some significant strides in streamlining access to vendors, especially in the use of cooperative contracts and the City's EP Marketplace.

JP

On: 05-20-2019

Diverse, friendly, and growing City

Raeann Ortega

On: 05-20-2019

What a great opportunity to expand the City of El Paso's local businesses! I am very proud that El Paso is a finalist for the City Accelerator Project!!!!!!!!!!

Jim

On: 05-20-2019

I think that El Paso has so many things going for it. The community is very vibrant and the people are the best. The jewel in the desert. It makes me proud to say that El Paso is my home!

Fabiola

On: 05-16-2019

Love all the renovations to our downtown area and all the new attractions being brought in to our city!!

Carmen

On: 05-16-2019

Another way to keep transforming our city.

Y.M.

On: 05-16-2019

It's awesome that the City of El Paso is recognizing the importance of the military community, and Veterans. It is a struggle for the children, active duty members, Veterans, and spouses to relocate. It is really awesome to watch a community embrace this demographic and provide initiatives that may be long lasting for the whole City of El Paso, while giving members of the military a place to consider calling "home."

P

On: 05-15-2019

AWESOME! A CITY WITH GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AND IS GROWING IN EVERY WAY.

Christopher Marquez

On: 05-15-2019

Great video, love to see the City of El Paso getting some recognition.

MS

On: 05-15-2019

As more people come to El Paso, its nice to see the City take steps to help drive the local economy and improve the quality of life of its residents.

LFHR

On: 05-15-2019

Blessed to live on El Paso for 5 years now, city with very great opportunities and very inclusive community.

Adrian

On: 05-15-2019

Hope some of the small business are able to increase and get more contracts.

Mirella Flores

On: 05-15-2019

City of El Paso is a tapestry of cultural influences, bi national inspiration, traditional and modern perspectives, etc. It all comes together to create beautiful and colorful fabric that showcases diversity, friendliness, Familia, and acceptance of people from all backgrounds. I love my city.

O

On: 05-15-2019

Our city is growing, we're a very friendly community and it's good to invest in more quality of life projects. We need to be recognized throughout Texas as a vibrant city with lots to offer and not be on the spotlight because of the current migrant situation.

Victor

On: 05-15-2019

I think this grant would really benefit El Paso's economy by providing better opportunities to small businesses.

Adan

On: 05-15-2019

El Paso is like a hidden gem! Proud to call it home and see all the progress we've made in recent years. I love the fact that the City has a strategic plan to achieve its stated Mission and Vision.

Misty

On: 05-15-2019

As long as we continue to invest in our city, and with the high minority, female and veteran population, we are UNSTOPPABLE. So proud to call El Paso my home!!

Angelica Emiliano

On: 05-15-2019

I love to see all the changes are done and coming for the City of El Paso

Reyes

On: 05-15-2019

El Paso is a great town with hard working and king people. It’s incredible to see all the improvements throughout the city, the creation of new jobs, small businesses and new subdivisions that are making our city to grow in the right direction. Congratulations!

Bryan Crowe

On: 05-15-2019

Great video -- as a bi-national community and a community with a large veteran population the proposal by the city for this grant opportunity is a perfect fit.

Kevin

On: 05-14-2019

It's great what the City is doing to promote minority owned businesses.

Jerry

On: 05-14-2019

Recently relocated to El Paso very impressed with the investments the City is making to improve the quality of life in the City and to maximize opportunities for our diverse community!!

Diana

On: 05-14-2019

Great opportunity for El Paso! Definitely growing

George Bernal

On: 05-14-2019

The city of El Paso has and will continue to provide a better quality of life by developing vibrant new modern urban facilities that will boost our economy and create more jobs. El Paso is the best and safest city and I am blessed to call it home.

RS

On: 05-14-2019

It would be a great boost for local businesses here in El Paso and a step towards continuous growth and improvement.

Jaime

On: 05-14-2019

Amazing opportunity! Hopefully Living Cities see the growth El Paso is experiencing. This is a much needed boost for what we hope to accomplish related to inclusive procurement.

Norma Guzman Kennedy

On: 05-10-2019

As a binational community, El Paso will always have first generation El Pasoans. We are on the forefront of receiving new talent, new ideas and new business opportunities.

UNKNOWN

On: 05-10-2019

EXCELLENT

Caleb R Tullius

On: 05-09-2019

This city is amazing and does so much to help its citizens. It is definitely on the move and its progress is very hot.

Full Turn Interior Solutions- Carmelo Caudillo

On: 05-07-2019

Absolutely great presentation by the African American Representative in this video because it is giving all minorities an opportunity to understand and formulate knowledge of the opportunities that are being offered to minorities.

Monica

On: 05-07-2019

Awesome!

Daniel

On: 05-07-2019

Excellent opportunity! Hope to hear more of this

JUAN CAMPOS

On: 05-07-2019

El Paso is a great city and I love living here, Im a small business owner and Ive have been bless to live here. Ive lived here for 19 years , from San Diego California...

Ubaldo Campos

On: 05-07-2019

Excited to hear our city of El Paso is one of this year's City Accelerator project finalists!

chacal

On: 05-07-2019

This could and should have presented the city better. While the people speaking may hold such positions that pertain to this video, why do we present talking heads and little else. Where are better shots with citizens that comprise, as noted above, over 80% Latinx and younger? BTW, we do not need to give the military industrial complex more advertising. Where are shots of the UTEP campus, TT medical school, the mountains, our environment? We are people, not machines. We are more diverse and more talented than what is shown here.

Anonymous

On: 05-06-2019

Out of curiosity, why does the pitch for a city that is over 80% Hispanic, only have two Hispanics making statements and overwhelmingly feature African Americans?

Adrian Padilla

On: 05-06-2019

Exciting opportunity for small businesses

John Harre

On: 05-06-2019

El Paso is a vibrant diverse loving and accepting City. That uniqueness is what makes El Paso great

Raul Escobedo

On: 05-06-2019

Outstanding work of staff and outstanding opportunity for City.

Manuel Hernandez

On: 05-06-2019

A very good presentation of what El Paso is and what it has to offer as a border city.

Rachel Nelms

On: 05-06-2019

El Paso has been going through changes throughout the years. This program is a perfect way to further the advancement of minority/women owned businesses and let others have a greater opportunity to get a piece of the pie!!

Mirtha Solis

On: 05-06-2019

This initiative will give minorities, women, and veteran owned businesses a preference in the bidding process. An excellent opportunity!

Franklin

On: 05-06-2019

It's great for the City of El Paso to be part of this project. I hope we get selected so we can continue making progress in the right way.

Art Gamboa

On: 05-06-2019

Great opportunity for local business owners to grow their business as well as contribute to our economies growth. The EXPO invited all businesses to do meet other business owners and increase their marketing contacts. Also showed businesses how they can do business with the City of El Paso as well as cooperatives. Excellent source for business growth.

Tayo

On: 05-06-2019

The City of El Paso, TX is one of the few cities in Texas with a program, such as the EXPO, for small businesses promotion and involvement in doing business with a public entity. The proposed minority certification initiative will enhance disadvantaged, minority and women owned businesses involvement in public entities purchasing activities.

Edward Armendariz

On: 05-06-2019

Very Informative...

Liz Monzon

On: 05-03-2019

Great opportunity for small to medium businesses. This initiative is an explosive growth in El Paso , looking forward to seeing a boundless outcome. El Paso is the city to growth!!

Yvonne

On: 05-03-2019

This is exciting! It's a great way to showcase our city and allow others with the opportunity to find out what makes El Paso so special.

Fernando E.

On: 05-03-2019

Great video highlights the proactive vision of city government and local leaders. Looking forward to seeing the positive outcome of all these initiatives and the continued growth of our wonderful city.

Shawn

On: 05-03-2019

The City of El Paso has been setting the stage for a resurgence and the appropriate steps are being taken to continue the momentum. Although many may just be hearing about his special the Sun City is, those of us here have known it for years!

Javier Camacho

On: 05-03-2019

Small to Medium enterprises make up the large majority of El Paso's business base. This initiative is a resource and a foundation for many of the SMEs as well as the sustainability and vibrancy of our binational, unique economy.

E. Gutierrez

On: 05-03-2019

Great initiative!

Albert Luna

On: 05-02-2019

The City of El Paso is currently in another cohort for the City Accelerator and it has done so much for our local community and economy. Really hoping we can receive this grant focused on procurement.

Veronica

On: 05-01-2019

This is great for the City of El Paso!!

Darlene Barajas

On: 05-01-2019

The El Paso City Accelerator Program is an excellent platform for small businesses to take their business to the next level connecting businesses to programs and services.The program is a great avenue for skills and training, networking and community engagement. In all, this helps grow the local El Paso economy.

Aimee Olivas

On: 05-01-2019

So excited to be a finalist for this project! This will truly assist us in leveraging the resources of Living Cities and Griffith & Strong in advancing Inclusive Procurement in our city.