EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — On Friday, the county of El Paso named Michael D. Hernandez its new Economic Development director.
Hernandez, who currently serves on the Workforce Solutions Borderplex Board of Directors, starts in his new role on Monday.
“I am honored and excited to lead El Paso County’s economic development team and continue to strengthen our region with support for businesses and employment that further enriches our community,” Hernandez said. “With our talent, partnerships with The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University, as well as being home to Fort Bliss and at the heart of a major manufacturing hub, we have all the right elements for diversifying our economy and building El Paso County into a globally competitive powerhouse.”
Hernandez formerly served as executive director of the Horizon City Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization committed to attracting and expanding business to Horizon. Prior to that, he worked on elections policy with the National Conference of State Legislatures, serving as editor of the organizations official publication, The Canvass.
He was also a public policy analyst for the Texas House of Representatives’ House Research Organization.
Hernandez is a UTEP graduate and a former El Paso Times journalist who covered local government, the military, education, business and other topics for more than 11 years.