To capitalize on all of the public and private development and investment currently occurring within Downtown El Paso, the City of El Paso Economic Development Department and the Downtown Management District are stepping up their game. On Monday, May 9, 2016, Rafael Arellano became the City of El Paso’s Senior Economic Development Specialist for Downtown El Paso.
The hire is the result of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of El Paso and the Downtown Management District approved by the City Council in February. The DMD assumed greater responsibility for maintaining public right of way in exchange for the establishment of the new position.
Arellano’s duties include supervising current economic development specialists; overseeing the redevelopment incentives areas and current development projects in the Downtown area; guiding economic development efforts related to the Downtown area; tracking all Downtown projects; compiling, maintaining and updating Downtown market data; implementing marketing and communication outreach efforts with Downtown stakeholders and partner organizations; coordinating and being the lead/liaison on specific projects such as the upcoming streetcar route, bike share program, structured parking, coordinating with One Stop Shop/Planning, MCAD and other City Departments; and recruit and retain private investment/promote the area to the private sector.
“At this point, with all of the great things going on in Downtown El Paso, it is critical that we maximize the benefits and maintain the momentum we’ve established,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath. “Rafael brings the experience and passion that will enable him to support our existing property and business owners, and to promote the opportunities available for additional investment. He is a great addition to our current efforts.”
“I’m extremely excited. Our ability to more closely link the efforts of the DMD and those of the City’s Economic Development Department will greatly increase our effectiveness and reliability as leading downtown organizations,” said Arellano.