b'66 ELP LANDSIDE DEVELOPMENTFACTS&FIGURES Projects: Innovation Factory; Advanced Manufacturing& Design CenterLocation: El Paso (TX) Intl Airport Key Goals: Help small- to mid-sized manufacturing businesses access contracts in aerospace & defense industries; attract well-paying jobs to West Texas INNOVATION FACTORY El Paso Intl Invests in On-Airport Size: 30,000 sq. ft. Research and Manufacturing Cost: $1.9 million BY CHRIS JONESDesign: In*Situ ArchitectureEl Paso, TX, is mounting aThe United States is in huge trouble Construction: Noble General Contractors comeback as a key U.S.right now. We have a diminishing Timeline: Completed in late 2022 manufacturing hub, and manufacturing sector that poses a ADVANCED MANUFACTURING El Paso International Airport (ELP) is serious threat to our defense capabilities, & DESIGN CENTER leading the charge. says Dr. Ahsan Size: 250 acres With broad community support,Choudhuri of the ELP has launched an ambitiousUniversity of Texas Cost: $31.2 million for initial 3-building complex withat El Paso (UTEP), 250,000 sq. ft. of space industrialization strategy to give the region an economic boost and addressa key advocate Funding: $25 million federal grant; $6.2 million in airportfor ELPs business matching funds challenges facing the region and nation at large. The areas well-trained workforcediversification push. Note: Owners rep will be selected in mid-2023; first buildings are slated to open in late 2024 wants better jobs close to home; whileManufacturingDR. AHSAN CHOUDHURIKey Benefits: Create job opportunities, enabling regionseparately, the Pentagon broadly seeksleft the United States to retain a larger share of skilled workers who graduate fromonshore access to strategic componentsthrough El Paso. It will come back to the its university programs; help existing local manufacturersnecessary to build and maintain AmericasUnited States through El Paso, Choudhuri pursue opportunities to supply U.S. aerospace and defensemilitary and aerospace inventories. adds with convincing optimism.contractorsMarch | April 2023AirportImprovement.com'