El Paso's Local Competition for Amazon's HQ2

Southern New Mexico also aiming to land coveted project

El Paso is still hoping to land the coveted second headquarters for Amazon, but some of the competition is closer then expected.

Santa Teresa also throwing its hat into the ring with a unique proposal to catch the online giant's attention.

The proposal from the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance is called "HQ2 Countries." It offers a total of 200 acres; 100 in the U.S. and another 100 acres in Mexico. Plus, a special-use port of entry and a hexagonal design.

Even if Amazon doesn't pick Santa Teresa, the alliance said the major media attention has been phenomenal. With coverage from USA Today, CNN Money, the Huffington Post and more.

"The positive response has been overwhelming," said Jerry Pacheco, Senior Business Advisor for the New Mexico Partnership. "We definitely would love to land Amazon, but the exposure we are receiving was worth putting this proposal together, even if Amazon decides to locate elsewhere."

The alliance says the concept was designed by architect Fernando Romero, who is the son-in-law of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, ranked among the richest people in the world.


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