A New Dawn for the Sun City February 5, 2015

As a candidate for City Council I understand the responsibilities that come with the office and the need to be more efficient, more effective, and more responsible with the city’s funds than we already are. We must use those funds for smart and streamlined initiatives that can help propel us further. I believe that El Paso can match its potential, and I am prepared to serve you.

I am proud to be from El Paso, and I am inspired by the potential of District 1. The progress that this city has made over the last 5 years is astounding and the possibility of a Better Borderplex is within our reach. I believe El Paso has the tools, the spirit, and the human resources to make this jump. Whether it’s folks who left, folks who stayed here, or folks from other places who are looking for somewhere to invest and live; El Paso can reinvigorate its economy, amenities, and public spaces to bring people back, to keep people here, and to offer opportunities to everyone.

Some of the constituents from District 1 called to share an article with me. The article published by Gothamist talked about the efforts that the city of Buffalo and the state of New York have made in order to create the kind of city that people want to live in. One of these public-private projects is the Buffalo Building Re-Use Project, and it consists of providing “loans for businesses to improve downtown.” In addition, Elon Musk’s SolarCity, will combine manufacturing jobs, new technology, and renewable energy in “a $750 million factory designed to produce high-efficiency solar panels, [that] will employ thousands.” These are the kinds of dynamic public-private partnerships, projects and investments that belong in a 21st century city and that I will fight for in District 1 and El Paso. Just like leaders in Buffalo had to find out-of-the-box answers to get out-of-the-box results, so do we need to find unique solutions for the unique city that is El Paso.

I want to live in a city that can proudly call itself the “Center of the Southwest.” El Paso can be a beacon of economic opportunities, quality of life, and innovative solutions if we choose the Positive, Responsive, and Creative Leadership for District 1 that I am prepared to provide.

Growing El Paso for the 21st century won’t just take smarts and experience, it’ll take chutzpah!

Peter Svarzbein

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