El Paso is the largest metro area on the Texas-Mexico border. As a best-in-class location, El Paso offers one of North America’s most efficient business environments while affording a great living experience.
In June 2016, El Paso was ranked in the top ten places to live in the United States for quality of life, by U.S. News and World Report.
A new baseball stadium, a streetcar trolley, a revitalized central plaza, and historic building renovations have energized downtown — the heart of the City.
The area is enriched by the contributions of many cultures and offers a variety of museums, theater performances, and musical performances. The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center is listed as a “Place of National Historic Significance” on the National Historic Register. The restored Plaza Theater is a state-of-the-art, multi-use performance hall, with two theaters and four meeting spaces available for public use. The El Paso Symphony is the state’s oldest operating orchestra group. The El Paso Museum of History is host to more than 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space featuring five galleries representing 400 years of U.S.-Mexico border history. The 3-D Digital Wall is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present.
El Paso is comprised of a number of cultural institutions incorporating American, Mexican and Native American cultures. The El Paso Museum of Art is one of a handful of institutions in the United States that has a permanent display of the Kress Collection. Others include the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, the El Paso Museum of Archeology, Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick and Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center.
Some of the great festivals the City hosts include the Sun City Craft Beer Festival; Mariachi Loco Music Festival; Tequila Taco Cerveza Festival; KLAQ International Balloonfest; Neon Desert Music Festival; Sun City Pride; and more!
Experience the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban state park in the nation, just minutes from downtown El Paso. Spanning 37-square miles, you can hike, run and bike some of the toughest trails. The land is untamed and challenges any takers and thrill-seekers. Those who prefer a less extreme version of the outdoors can visit the Wyler Aerial Tramway, where they can ride a Swiss-made gondola to 5,632 feet above sea level to take in a panoramic view of the city.
Other regional attractions include:
- Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site: Thirty miles northeast of El Paso, rock climbing enthusiasts from around the globe come to boulder on 860 acres of natural beauty.
- Marfa, Texas
- El Paso Mission Trail
Visit www.visitelpaso.com for more information.
Quality of place defines the very soul of a successful community; the factors that go into it add up to the things that everyone wants in their communities including good schools, government, and worship.
PK – 12 Public Education - El Paso
El Paso County is served by nine school districts, four of which serve portions of the city of El Paso (marked by asterisks):
- El Paso Independent School District*
- Ysleta Independent School District*
- Canutillo Independent School District*
- Socorro Independent School District*
- Fabens Independent School District
- Anthony Independent School District
- San Elizario Independent School District
- Tornillo Independent School District
- Clint Independent School District
Located in El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) is the largest district in the Texas Education Agency’s Educational Service Center. With more than 61,000 students on 106 campuses, EPISD is also the 12th-largest district in Texas and the 65st-largest district in the United States. It is also El Paso’s largest employer, with more than 9,000 employees, and has an annual operating budget of $483 million. There are now six new Tech Network Schools-Within-Schools, the district has the largest International Baccalaureate Program in the El Paso region, and it is the largest provider of dual-credit courses.
The Ysleta Independent School District is the third largest school district in El Paso, Texas serving more than 43,000 students in a culturally diverse, family-friendly community. YISD sits in a nationally recognized area of historic missions, homes, and Indian settlements can be found within the district’s boundaries. The district offers innovative instruction, state-of-the-art facilities, and a safe and secure educational environment. The district has 62 campuses, including seven high schools, 11 middle schools, 37 elementary schools, three pre-kindergarten schools, and six special campuses. The district employs 7,800 administrators, teachers and support staff, and has an average 22.5:1 student to teacher ratio.
The Socorro Independent School District (SISD) is located in the southeastern portion of El Paso County, Texas. It serves Socorro, Horizon City and the eastern portion of the city of El Paso. The district covers 136 square miles of El Paso County. The district’s northern boundary is the Texas–New Mexico line, with the Rio Grande acting as its southern boundary. SISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas. As of 2015, the district has 47 campuses, including 22 elementary schools, six Pre-K schools, nine middle schools, six comprehensive high schools, and four specialty campuses. The district employs more than 4,600, including 2,383 teachers, and serves over 45,200 students. Their high school graduation rate in 2014 was 88.2 percent.
Located in northwest El Paso County, Canutillo residents voted to incorporate the Canutillo Independent School District in 1959 and graduated its first senior class four years later in 1963. The District has six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, an early college high school, and an alternative education program. It served 5,977 students in 2015. Their high school graduation rate in 2015 was 87 percent. The District employs 858 individuals, including 383 teachers, bringing the student to teacher ratio to 15.6:1.
Various charter and private schools operate in the city as well.
Regional, county, and state-level governments support economic growth with leadership that stimulates business through various partnerships, initiatives, and programs. Each city has a healthy governance structure and current elected officials.
El Paso mayors and city council members are elected for four-year terms and may not be elected more than twice or serve for more than ten years in their respective offices. Municipal elections are currently held in May in odd-numbered years, but beginning in 2018, a voter-approved charter amendment will change this to November in even-numbered years. The city operates under a council–manager form of government. Power is concentrated in the eight-member elected city council and mayor, who hire a manager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of public services. The current City Manager is Tommy Gonzalez, and the current mayor of El Paso is Oscar Leeser, who was elected to the office in 2013. The following are the City Council members for El Paso’s eight districts:
- District 1 - Peter Svarzbein
- District 2 - Jim Tolbert
- District 3 - Emma Acosta
- District 4 - Carl L. Robinson
- District 5 - Dr. Michael Noe
- District 6 - Claudia Ordaz
- District 7 - Lily Limon
- District 8 - Vacant
- Carlos Leon (Precinct 1)
- David Stout (Precinct 2)
- Vince Perez (Precinct 3)
- Andrew Haggerty (Precinct 4)
The El Paso metropolitan area is represented in the Texas State House by Democrats Cesar Blanco, Mary Gonzalez, Lina Ortega, Joe Moody, and Joe Pickett, and in the State Senate by José R. Rodríguez (D-El Paso).
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas, 16th District) has been El Paso’s Congressman since 2013. He serves on the Committees of Homeland Security and Veterans’ Affairs.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas, 23rd District) was elected to the 114th Congress in 2015 and currently serves on the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security. In 2017, Hurd was appointed by Speaker Ryan to serve on the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee
The Borderplex is a diverse community, and whatever religion you practice, you will find a community here. While the overwhelming majority of the region identifies as Catholic, Sperling’s finds that of those that self-identify as religious in El Paso, 43 percent are Catholic; 1.6 percent are LDS; 5.7 percent are another Christian faith; 0.24 percent are Jewish; 0.1 percent are an eastern faith; 0.1 percent affiliate with Islam.
Climate and Geography
El Paso stands on the Rio Grande, while the Franklin Mountains extend into the city nearly dividing it into two sections.
El Paso is nicknamed "The Sun City" for a reason, the sun shines 302 days per year on average, resulting in 83 percent of daylight hours. The average temperature is 65° F, with annual high and low temperatures of 77.5° F and 51.8° F. El Paso has a transitional climate between cold desert climate and hot desert climate with hot summers, usually with little humidity, and mild, dry winters. Rainfall averages 9.7 inches per year, much of which occurs during the summer from July through September. El Paso, at 3,800 ft (1,200 m) elevation, is also capable of receiving snow and weather systems have produced over a foot of snow on several occasions.
Key Industries in this Area
With a diversified economy branching into new fields, El Paso is primed to propel the regional economy forward. The Ft. Bliss military base has been a defining pillar of the city, employing 41,000 people and producing $6 billion in economic activity; numbers of armed forces have more than doubled since 2007. Business services centers are another large revenue generator, accounting for four of the city’s 10 largest employers.
The city has maintained a significant manufacturing sector. Once focused primarily on textiles, manufacturing has diversified into automotive, biomedical, defense, and electronics, and the city is a leading point of shipping and distribution, with direct transportation access to the West Coast, Midwest, and Southeast.
The medical sector is showing great promise, with the Medical Center of the Americas, which has created the region’s first private biomedical research facility and a commercialization institute, which the MCA plans to bring online in 2017. The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) is an integrated complex of medical facilities currently anchored by University Medical Center of El Paso and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center–Paul L. Foster School of Medicine —America’s newest four-year medical school, and only the second U.S. medical school to receive accreditation in the past 25 years. The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) prepares nursing students to meet the challenges of today’s complex health care environment.
Additionally, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is set to house Texas’ fourth dental school, the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSODM). It will be the first to open in Texas in nearly 50 years, and the first-ever in West Texas, and on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Together with other medical institutions spread across Cd. Juárez, El Paso, and Las Cruces, they leverage each other’s individual strengths and, in the process, advance regional cooperation.
Current investors operating in El Paso include:
|Pena, Briones McDaniel & Co, PC||Accounting/Tax Services|
|RPC CPAs + Consultants||Accounting/Tax Services|
|Mithoff Burton Partners||Advertising/Marketing|
|Parkhill Smith & Cooper||Architects/Design|
|Hoy Family Automotive||Automobile Dealers/Rentals/Supplies/Svcs|
|Facilities Connection||Commercial Interior Design|
|Hunt Companies, Inc.||Construction|
|The Garick Group, Inc||Construction|
|Jobe Materials L.P.||Construction-Suppliers/Services|
|Strategic Communication Consulting Group||Consulting|
|The University of Texas at El Paso||Education/Training|
|Texas Tech University School of Architecture||Education/Training|
|Academy of Careers||Education/Training|
|Western Technical College||Education/Training|
|Moreno Cardenas Consulting Engineers||Engineering|
|Bath Engineering Corp||Engineering|
|ECM International, Inc||Engineering|
|Prudential||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Crown Wealth Strategies||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|David W. Dick and Associates, Inc.||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|American Finance & Investment Co., Inc||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Hilltop Securities||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Integral Financial Services / Investors Capital Corp.||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|V.P. Clarence Company||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Sierra Finance||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|J.P. Morgan Chase Bank||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|GECU||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Capital Bank||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|ADP||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|City Bank||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|WestStar Bank||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|BBVA Compass||Financial Services/Banks/Credit Union|
|Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - El Paso Branch||Government Agencies/Contracting|
|Housing Authority of the City of El Paso||Government Agencies/Contracting|
|Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.||Health Care Providers/Hospital|
|Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare System||Health Care Providers/Hospital|
|The Hospitals of Providence||Health Care Providers/Hospital|
|Meyers Group||Hospitality/Supplies & Services|
|Houghton Financial Partners||Insurance|
|Lynwood Garden Investments, Inc.||Investments|
|Margo Partners Incorporated||Investments|
|Jeronimo Services, Inc.||Janitorial & Bldg Maintenance/Supplies|
|Gordon Davis Johnson & Shane P.C.||Legal Services|
|Kemp Smith, LLP||Legal Services|
|Scott Hulse, P.C.||Legal Services|
|EP Logistics||Logistics/Custom Brokers|
|Trans-Expedite, Inc.||Logistics/Custom Brokers|
|The TECMA Group, LP||Manufacturing|
|MFI International Mfg., LLC||Manufacturing|
|International Laundry Services||Manufacturing|
|Medical Center of the Americas||Not for profit/Community Service|
|Paso del Norte Health Foundation||Not for profit/Community Service|
|Plexxar Capital, LTD||Real Estate Developer|
|River Oaks Properties||Real Estate Developer|
|TVO North America||Real Estate Developer|
|Rocky Mountain Mortgage Co.||Real Estate Support Services|
|Best Real Estate||Real Estate-Commercial|
|Sonny Brown Associates, LLC||Real Estate-Developer|
|W Silver Recycling||Real Estate-Developer|
|RJL Real Estate||Real Estate-Developer|
|Cullers & Caldwell Builders||Real Estate-Residential|
|Stewart Title||Real Estate-Support Services|
|Castro Enterprises||Restaurants/Food & Beverage|
|Pizza Properties, Inc.||Restaurants/Food & Beverage|
|Workforce Solutions Borderplex||Staffing/Employment|
|El Paso Electric Company||Utilities|
|PSB - El Paso Water Utilities||Utilities|
A vibrant economy depends on a skilled workforce ready to take on 21st-century jobs.
Our partner, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, is the public workforce system in the Borderplex that assists employers in finding and vetting quality employees, and training individuals with the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace. They administer a broad range of programs and services to effectively address local workforce issues. Workforce Solutions establishes partnerships with various stakeholders within the region to improve education, employment, and economic development. The organization and its initiatives have been recognized and awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission for their innovative approach to assisting employers and job seekers.
Additionally, the El Paso Community College Workforce Development program trains participants for employment by providing quality educational courses which promote self-sufficiency and meet employers’ needs. Workforce Development provides services to traditionally underserved populations (displaced workers and unemployed and underemployed individuals). These populations can obtain supportive services for successful completion of programs and entry into productive employment with opportunities for advancement. Programs offer short-term, pre-vocational training that includes GED instruction and pre-vocational workplace skills.
Institutions of Higher Education in El Paso
- Now in its second century of service, UTEP continues its commitment to an access and excellence mission and redefined public higher education not only in Texas but across the nation.
- Over the past century, the University’s enrollment has grown from 27 mining students to nearly 23,400 undergraduate and graduate students, and that number continues to increase each year.
- UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 72 bachelor’s, 73 masters, and 21 doctoral degrees.
- UTEP is the state's third-largest campus in the University of Texas system. UTEP now ranks fourth among all 35 Texas public universities in federal research funding and is also included on the National Science Foundation's list of Top 200 research universities in the United States. During the 2013 academic year, UTEP faculty researchers secured nearly $77 million in new grant awards. In January 2016, UTEP was awarded a $3.9 million Scholarship for Service grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. UTEP is also one of seven public institutions in Texas to be designated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature as an "Emerging Tier One University."
- The College of Health Sciences engages in teaching, research, and service related to the applied health sciences.
- TTUHSC is an independently accredited, comprehensive, health-sciences university with component schools of Allied Health, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, and Nursing. TTUHSC provides West Texas with high-quality, accessible healthcare services and access to educational opportunities. In 2017, the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSODM) will open and be the first dental school to open in the state of Texas in nearly 50 years.
- TTUHSC opened the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) in El Paso in 2009. This four-year, research-focused institute is the only medical school to be accredited in the U.S. in 25 years and the only medical school located on the U.S.-México border.
- The PLFSOM is a leader in educational innovation. Starting in years one and two, the school’s curriculum is highly focused on clinical studies. This structure provides the clinical context and motivation for learning, as well as a natural framework for highly coordinated and synergistic instruction in medical skills, the various domains of public health, introductory diagnostic reasoning, and ethics and professionalism. Also, as part of its curriculum, the PLFSOM requires all students to learn medical Spanish language skills; the PLFSOM is the only medical school in the U.S. with this requirement.
- Five research centers of excellence will focus on Hispanic health in the areas of:
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Infectious diseases
- With six locations throughout El Paso, El Paso Community College (EPCC) is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. The College continues to receive national recognition for its educational excellence and is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in Texas. It currently serves more than 27,000+ credit students and 8,000 continuing education students each semester.
- The college offers 130 associate-degree and certificate-of-completion programs and offers more than 350 personal-enrichment/continuing-education courses. Coursework at EPCC is transferable to any Texas college or university.
- The El Paso Community College system was ranked number one in the nation for granting associate degrees to Hispanic students by two-year schools by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine.
The El Paso Regional Campus (EPRC) of the UT School of Public Health opened in 1992. With the U.S.-Mexico border less than a mile from the campus, the curriculum, research, and community practice focus on the unique health problems facing border populations. The UT School of Public Health EPRC offers certificate programs, a general Master of Public Health degree (Customized, Health Promotion/Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Health), a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Health, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Promotion/Behavioral Sciences.
Faculty at the EPRC focus on health disparities in the border region and the results of those disparities are the primary focus of the ongoing research at the campus. Improving prevention techniques and promoting health services among the Mexican-American community are integral parts of the research efforts in El Paso.