Borderplex 2020: Unifying the Borderplex
In June 2015, The Borderplex Alliance released the Regional Strategic Plan, which provided us with a blueprint for success for the next five years. Borderplex 2020 unifies the Borderplex - the three-state, two-country region - and leverages the many combined assets within the area to compete globally, grow emerging industry sectors, and attract new investments and jobs.
Borderplex 2020 is the next step in the implementation and measureable‐goal setting phase. Borderplex 2020 will help ensure the future economic prosperity and diversity of the region and aims to insert quality into all aspects of business and daily living environments. As the global economy becomes interconnected, the Borderplex must find a way to stand out.
What’s been done?
The Borderplex Alliance is in the throes of the implementation phase and has formed a strong regional implementation steering committee, which has held bi‐monthly meetings since our launch last year. As part of our active efforts to identify specific goals, we have created task forces in the following areas: Regional Planning, Education & Workforce, Defense & Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Logistics, Business Services, Life Sciences, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship. The task forces continue to study already‐existing regional successes to learn from best practices, build off current successes, and develop a plan for continued growth across the region.
We have an actionable/aggressive timeline for identifying our next set of actionable items.
- First, we will be hosting a series of forums throughout the region ‐ El Paso, Southern New Mexico, and Cd. Juárez ‐ to hear directly from the business communities what their main concerns and priorities are.
- Within the year, we will be unveiling our long‐term priorities for the Borderplex region.
Who is involved and how to get involved
More than 190 individuals representing institutions of higher education, the business community, government, healthcare and financial sectors, nonprofits, and economic development organization from across the Borderplex serve on the Steering Committee and the Task Forces. Originally, more than 985 business and resident stakeholders in El Paso, Cd. Juárez, and the Southern New Mexico area participated in interviews, focus groups, and online surveys provided the basis for the research and strategic plan.
Individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and area stakeholders can all get involved. Attending forums, participating in teleconferences, and sponsoring programming are only some of the ways to become involved. It is as simple as calling The Borderplex Alliance at 915-298-1000.
Air Services Task Force
To bring new businesses to our region and support the growing needs of our business community, The Borderplex Alliance identified the need to increase the number of direct flights to the El Paso International Airport. We surveyed the major companies in the region to identify major travel destinations and total number of trips per year. We are looking at developing public-private incentive programs. We are continuing to work with the airport, various airlines and the private sector to explore other ways to expand air service to the region.