87S31058 CW-D
  By: Ordaz Perez H.R. No. 144
         WHEREAS, The Borderplex Alliance of El Paso has been honored
  with the 2021 Economic Development Organization of the Year Award
  from the International Economic Development Council; and
         WHEREAS, This notable accolade is given annually to recognize
  the top economic development organization from around the globe;
  with more than 5,000 members, the nonprofit IEDC is the largest
  entity of its kind and seeks to promote initiatives that increase
  economic prosperity and development in communities of all sizes and
  at every level of government; and
         WHEREAS, Under the leadership of chief executive officer Jon
  Barela, the Borderplex Alliance has helped create over 15,000 jobs
  since 2013 while bringing in more than $1.2 billion in investments
  to its service areas of El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and
  Las Cruces, New Mexico; it has also assisted in establishing 4,000
  jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic; in 2020, the alliance was
  instrumental in recruiting an Amazon fulfillment center and a
  T.J. Maxx distribution center to El Paso, and it is developing a
  strategy for electric vehicle production while competing for major
  industrial projects in the aerospace and consumer electronics
  manufacturing industries; and
         WHEREAS, Among its services, Borderplex supports business
  operations by arranging consultations with government leaders and
  licensed professionals in the U.S. and Mexico; furthermore, the
  alliance plans and coordinates location scouting, conducts site
  selection analysis, and connects companies to vendors, suppliers,
  and contract manufacturers; it also provides businesses with the
  most current information related to climate, labor force,
  infrastructure, taxation, and other relevant issues; and
         WHEREAS, The Borderplex Alliance has helped contribute to the
  economic vitality of the Lone Star State, and its receipt of this
  prestigious recognition is a testament to its success and to the
  significant role it plays in the El Paso community and beyond; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby congratulate the
  Borderplex Alliance on being named the 2021 Economic Development
  Organization of the Year by the International Economic Development
  Council and extend to all those associated with the alliance
  sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the Borderplex Alliance as an expression of high
  regard by the Texas House of Representatives.