El Paso Mayor Speaks Out on National Attention
POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 6:49pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 3:14pm
EL PASO, TX - America now knows the second safest city in the nation is on the frontline of violence from one of the deadliest city's in the world. Mayor John Cook says people are worried, but no city business deals have been lost because of the negative attention.
"Given our proximity to Juarez and given the fact they are undoubtedly the most dangerous city in North America people are apprehensive and they want to be reassured that they are going to be safe if they come here," Cook said.
Mayor Cook says he is constantly asked if violence is spilling over from Juarez, and he says 90 percent of the time it takes to recruit new business to the city is spent reassuring the company the city is safe.
"It's a constant public relations game were having to play to be honest with you. We have to make sure the facts are out there and I think the number one fact that El Pasoans need to remember is that we are still the second safest largest city in the United States," he said.
The mayor says in the long run the negative attention may actually help the the city.
"The positive side of all this is people now know where El Paso is, and once you can say we still happen to be the safest second largest city in the Untied States people are surprised to hear that."