Horizon Communities Improvement Association is here to help commercial and industrial enterprises, big and small, interested in establishing or relocating to the Horizon area. We believe our future lies with small business, start-up entrepreneurs looking for a place they can call home. We view small businesses as the primary driver of growth and employment in the local and national economy.
Horizon City is located just a couple of minutes off of I-10 and the commercial transportation network comprised of I-10, Loop 375 and the Zaragosa International Port-of-Entry with Mexico. Horizon Communities is perfectly positioned to become the "one stop shop" for entrepreneurs looking for information and assistance.
Our research and marketing has identified the following sectors as ideally suited for this area:
- Recreation and Entertainment
- Destination Hospitality
- Education and Experiential
- Service and Transportation
- Specialty and Niche
We will work with entrepreneurs in these fields and provide whatever assistance we can. Our local authorities have pledged their support to assist as well.
Major commercial growth is springing up in the area and more is on the way. Local services are rapidly expanding to meet demand of a growing population. Our existing population of about 18,000 is expected to expand to 65,000 by 2020. Come grow with us.
Horizon Communities owns lots in the Eastlake Commercial Center, on the corner of Eastlake Drive and Horizon Boulevard. Other owners have serviced zoned lots ranging from 1 to 3 acres along Horizon Boulevard. The Horizon Industrial Park has serviced and non-serviced industrial lots of varying sizes. There are several commercial sites ranging from 5 to 25 acres in close proximity to I-10. All have services available and covenants or zoning permitting commercial uses. Larger sites could be assembled outside our main urban.
Horizon Communities owns several large parcels of raw desert land. Areas range from 60 to 200 acres with the potential for future acquisition of neighboring land. Services are not presently available, but could be provided for large-scale enterprises at reasonable cost. Horizon Communities will compensate for these costs in negotiations on land price.
When you move to Horizon, you become part of a dynamic region. El Paso is a major player in the largest international metroplex in the world. That is why more than 90 Fortune 500 companies have operations in this region.
El Paso is a border city, benefiting from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It welcomes businesses of all kinds. Our sister city, Juárez, is home to more than 340 U.S. and foreign companies, employing more than 10,000 people. These enterprises provide internationally competitive solutions in diverse industries. They include electronics and electronics assembly, automotive parts and medical supplies.
New construction is very inexpensive in the Horizon City area. Typical rates range from $20 to $25 per square foot for a special purpose manufacturing facility, and from $18 to $22 per square foot for a new distribution/ warehouse building. Triple net cost (taxes, maintenance and insurance)add $0.65 to $1.00 per square foot.
Improved industrial property is readily available throughout the Horizon City/El Paso area with most land in industrial parks selling for $1.45 to $2.00 per square foot.
Manufacturing and warehousing leasing costs range from $3.15 to $3.50 per square foot per year (triple net) for class A space, and $2.75 to $3.25 per square foot annually for class B space.
Class A general lease rates for office space range from $12 to $16 per square foot in the suburban areas of El Paso, and more centrally located offices can be leased for $13 to $18 per square foot.
City and County utility services are easily accessed, with special rates for industrial customers.
Recent expansion of business throughout the region has given rise to a comprehensive array of support products and services that are available to local and regional commercial enterprises.
To help your business, the area offers an abundance of financial, insurance, consulting, accounting and other professional services. Plus you will have access to:
- Air Carrier service
- Assembly Contractors
- Chemical Suppliers
- Commercial and Corporate Interior Design
- Commercial Printing
- Computer Sales and Service
- Corrugated Cartons
- Customhouse Brokerage
- Electric Motor Controls
- Electronic Parts and Equipment
- Fire Retardants
- Foundry Operations
- Freight Forwarding
- General Industrial Contractors
- General Industrial Machinery and Equipment
- Highway Construction
- Industrial and Personal Paper Products
- Industrial Plating Operations
- Industrial Suppliers
- Industrial Trucks, Tractors and Trailers
- Medical Device Contract Sterilization
- Metal Heating Treating Operations
- Metal Stamping and Molding
- Moving Trucks and Storage
- Paint and Coatings
- Plastic Injection Molding
- Plastics, Foil, Coated Paper Bags
- Steel Distributors
- Tools and Die Shops
- Waste and Scrap Materials
Job Training Incentives
Employers who come to the Horizon City area can benefit from numerous subsidized training programs for their employees, available from a wide variety of local, state and federal sources.
Smart Jobs Fund
Businesses that bring jobs to Texas, create new jobs, or significantly upgrade technology may qualify for matching funds to train their new employees. Most companies use the wages they pay to their trainees as their match.
Smart Jobs Technical Assistance Project
The El Paso Community College Office of Customized Training and UTEP's Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center will assist businesses in preparing and submitting Smart Jobs applications. Businesses may select any training provider they want, and the service is free.
The El Paso Community College's Mission Valley Campus, located just 10 minutes from the center of Horizon City, offers Horizon City area industries the "Smart Jobs" programs as well as job training classes customized to meet a company's needs.
El Paso Manufacturers Training Consortium
This organization, based at El Paso Community College, serves manufacturing business and industry with training in many areas, from technical to office skills to basic English and math. Many participating companies received customized training at little or no cost.
Dislocated Worker Retraining Funds
The federal government funds job retraining in the Horizon Communities/El Paso area for workers whose jobs have gone offshore. Both customized and ongoing training is provided.
El Paso PREP Fund
Under PREP (Proactive Reemployment Project), founded by the U.S. Department of Labor, training and retraining of workers is available for industry-specific jobs, on-the-job training, off-site customized instruction, on-site company-specific training, and entrepreneurial training.
Upper Rio Grande Private Industry Council, Inc.
This organization can fund all or part of an employees's on-the-job training, what can be supplemented by classroom instruction. The training can be industry specific or customized to your company's needs.
Texas Workforce Commission
Using state and federal founding, the TWC provides a wide range of services to employers, including state-wide recruitment, interviewing and assesment, employability training, and referrals. TWC can fund customized training programs and can help employers access available tax credits.