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City of El Paso

The economy of El Paso is thriving.  A new four-year medical school has been announced, the local military base is expanding, the ground transportation system is being modernized, and the airport is setting new passenger use records.

The most exciting recent news in El Paso, is the Federal Government has identified Ft. Bliss for significant expansion.  The 2005 Base Realignment (BRAC) identified Ft. Bliss for the receipt of thousands of troops from other bases that are being closed or realigned.  More than two billion dollars of new construction is anticipated.

The maquilla industry in neighboring Cd. Juarez is expanding rapidly.  Multinational companies find this area to be the ideal location for new manufacturing facilities because they can enjoy the benefits of low Mexican labor rates while their American managers can live in a growing American city.

El Paso and its sister city, Ciudad Juarez, (located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua) comprise the largest metropolitan area on the border between the United States and Mexico; in fact, the downtown areas of these two cities are within walking distance of each other.  City of El Paso Department of Planning, Research & Development projects that the population of the metropolitan area will be over 2,600,000 people by the year 2010.