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Calling the next generation

From the office of state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (sign in packet is attached to this item — see link)Official_Pre-Program:

“El Paso’s Young Professionals – Unite, Dream, Lead”

What do we want El Paso to look like in 2020? Will solar energy be a driver in El Paso’s economy? Will downtown revitalization include viable light rail? What will happen to UTEP with Tier One?

We are asking our young professionals who believe in El Paso’s future to enhance our economic growth right now. Right now, El Paso is on the brink of major change, and it will be the advocates of the new generation that will promote innovations of the 21st century needed to provide a modern quality of life for our community.

Unite – August 20-23 of this year, The United Way Young Leaders Society and our office are encouraging emerging leaders from El Paso to register for the Young Professionals’ Capitol Retreat. This retreat will take place at the Capitol where emerging leaders will learn about innovations in solar energy, high speed light rail, downtown economic development infrastructure, great universities, health care policy, medical policy, to help build the vision for El Paso 2020. They will network with each other, learn from leaders around the state, listen to innovators in industries of the future, and bike ride through downtown Austin to gather ideas and develop friendships for a new generation.

Dream – Emerging leaders will brainstorm and create a strategic plan on what they envision will be the industries and technologies needed in El Paso.

Lead – Upon their return to El Paso, emerging leaders will share their ideas with the community and take positive steps to implement their ideas.

There are only a few more spots available, applicants will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. We encourage you to nominate an emerging leader to be a part of what will be El Paso’s next generation of leaders. For more information contact Analisa Cordova at (915) 544-1990 or by email To become a sponsor of this program, contact Farren Hinton of the United Way at (915) 533-2434 or by email at We will be having an informational meeting for participants on August 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at The Surf Club (map). You can find more information about El Paso’s Young Professionals Capitol Retreat on our blog at

In addition, we would also like to thank the following sponsors for all of their support:
§ El Paso Electric
§ Texas Gas Services Company
§ Black El Paso Democrats
§ TVO Development

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This will be a Shapleigh boot camp. You’ll be promised unicorns and rainbows. Good luck with that!

    Not David K

    August 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

  2. Farren Hinton of the United Way and Analisa Cordova of the office of state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, it may not seem like a big semantical difference; however, the Black El Paso Democrats is the proper name. Not El Paso Black Democrats. Black, White, Brown, Yellow, and Red members past and present who endorse the vision, mission, goals and objectives of this venerable organiztion would avoid the perception of ethnocentrism. Please correct your materials to reflect the appropriate acknowledgement of your sponsor. Thank You! -chester-

    Chester L. Bryant

    August 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm

  3. Oh! By the way, may your “boot camp” continue to kick the butt of gross negligence of the minds of our youth. Unicorns and rainbows seem a little more palatable than the “trickle down” reality we are stuck in. Thinking outside of the box of contempt and prejudice, I have hope that our youth may hold promising perspectives, hopeful expectations, and even earnest solutions regarding the future they will either make or simply inherit from us ‘ol know it alls and the cynical too. My grandfather always told me, “When yo’ hanky is full, ‘member you done it all by ya own self. Stop poppin’ it in the air. It needs cleanin’!” You and anyone else are as free as I am to put on a Young Leadership “Whatcha-ma-call-it” at anytime…. May God Bless this effort with a positive outcome, sincerely!!! -chester-

    Chester L. Bryant

    August 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm

  4. why dont you rename this blog sito’s blog. he screens all post and declines them from being posted if they make mr. shapliegh look bad. what a crock of a blog.


    August 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

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