In the El Paso region, the major industries and commercial activity that defines the city is in relation to its being a border region. The main entry point between U.S. and Mexico, El Paso includes food production, clothing, construction materials, electronic and medical equipment, and plastics as the main driving forces for the economy. Education is a contending force for the El Paso region, especially with its relation with military installation at Fort Bliss. This allows for a diversity in the population, therefore there is a diversity in what influences the culture in the region. As well, the economic elements are then defined by the diversity.
The influence of Mexico as its next door neighbor influences much of the business and capital acquired in the El Paso region. The Maquiladora Program, which was initiated to solve the unemployment rate in the border region, has situated many employers from Ciudad Juarez and El Paso in both cities. As well, the Texas Work Force Commission is another incentive program that defines the city. It provides assistance to new companies with specific Strategic Development zones. The city continues to expand, therefore allowing large corporation to institute itself with the local communities within El Paso. This not only allows new construction, but applying technological advances in the new infrastructure that is being build and therefore a need for employment in those regions.
Half of El Paso's manufacturing jobs are in the apparel and textile industry. This is due to the large apparel manufacturers over the border, in order to expand their customers. The El Paso labor force has grown over the decade, especially as it has become a large technology orientate city, both with its corporations and education. With its low cost of living, many people are likely to invest into El Paso homes, as they are able to afford constructing their own home at a low cost compared to other regions. The city of El Paso is also very involved on extensive development projects to imporve the different regions.
"El Paso: Economy." Cities of the United States: The South. City-Data, 1 Jan. 2009. Web. 27 Jan. 2015. <http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-South/El-Paso-Economy.html>.
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