Bob Cook: El Paso, Juarez open for business, despite some ‘limited criminal activity south of the border’
Some excerpts from an op-ed published on the Web site areadevelopment.com, written by REDCo president Bob Cook:
El Paso/Juárez — A Local Perspective
— El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, offer outstanding economic benefits, in spite of some limited criminal activity south of the border.
— There has been much written about the 1,600 homicides that occurred last year in our sister city, but the reality of the situation is far different from what is generally reported in the media. More than 98 percent of these homicides were perpetrated against drug cartel members, police, and military personnel. However, in spite of the spike in violent activity, we continue to see economic growth in our region.
— In conclusion, I should point out that there has been no discernable spillover effect in El Paso. For more than a decade, El Paso has been one of the three safest major cities in America (according to FBI Uniform Crime Statistics). While El Paso’s heart aches for our sister city, we remain undaunted in our effort to develop El Paso as a “world class” city. We are building America’s newest four-year medical school, constructing a $4.5 billion expansion of our Army installation, undertaking a major downtown redevelopment effort, and my office is currently working with 165 corporations considering jobs and investment in El Paso alone. Stay tuned.