El Paso Bucks National Trends
In response to this projected growth, local officials have already issued hundreds of millions of dollars in school bonds, opened the world's largest inland water desalination plant, and are attempting to lure defense contractors to the region. Bob Cook, president of El Paso Regional Economic Development Corp. (REDCO), says he is working with 32 defense contractors who are considering placing operations in the El Paso area.
Additionally, El Paso recently received some other accolades, including:
#2 safest U.S. city with population over 500,000 (FBI UCR/Morgan Quitno Press, 2007)
#2 large North American (population 575,000 to 1.25 million) "City of the Future" (Financial Times-London, FDI magazine, 2007)
#3 among top 100 U.S. metros for five-year job growth (Forbes, January 2008)
#3 in Texas/#20 in U.S. for origination of exports (USDoC, 2006)