El Paso, Juarez Mayors speak on economy


POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:18pm

El Paso is in the national spotlight tonight -- after the city's mayor appeared on national television this morning. It’s all part of a push to -- trying to attract big businesses to the region. Not only to El Paso -- but also to Juarez.

Mayor Oscar Leeser was in New York City -- and appeared on Bloomberg TV Wednesday morning to talk about the region's economy. And the Mayor of Juarez -- was here in El Paso -- with a similar message.
El Paso and Juarez -- two cities separated by nation, language, and culture but joined by commerce and ideology. "We can have better results if we work together,” Mayor Enrique Serrano Escobar of Juarez, Mexico said.

"It's really important that they continue to prosper and grow because it helps our economy grow,” Mayor Oscar Leeser, El Paso explained on Bloomberg TV.

Mayors Oscar Leeser and Enrique Serrano Escobar Wednesday shared how their cities are moving forward, attracting business, and tourists. Leeser spoke on Bloomberg TV about El Paso’s 2012 Quality of Life Bonds. "We have invested $473-million in ourselves,” Mayor Oscar Leeser, El Paso said. The bonds outline 50 projects spurring economic growth -- including new museums and a multi-purpose center. The Sun City mayor hopes they will all attract big business. "When we do attract companies when the people do come live in our city, we have things that bring value to our community,” Leeser said.

Meanwhile -- Juarez Mayor Serrano Escobar was in El Paso speaking to the central business association. He's trying to get more American tourists to visit despite the city's stereotypes. In the past, Juarez has been named the most violent city in Mexico. But the murder rate is dropping -- by some accounts -- 60-percent from 2011 to 2012.

"There's been a lot of changes to the law that had to do with public safety. We now have a lot of offenders in jail,” Escobar said.

He's hopeful a safer will mean more visitors -- and more business. El Paso’s mayor is also hopeful –and stated better business in Juarez -- also means a boost to El Paso’s economy. "as they grow and prosper, it creates more business for El Paso but more business for the U.S.,” Mayor Leeser said.
Mayor Escobar also said they're working on improving Downtown Juarez. They'ved invested millions of dollars into roads and they're hoping this will also attract more tourists especially to the city's downtown.

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