The city of El Paso announces two new additions to its economic development departments


The city of El Paso announced on Friday the appointment of David Coronado as Managing Director of International Bridges and Economic Development and Elizabeth Triggs as Interim Director of the Department of Economic and International Development.

Triggs will replace Jessica Herrera, director of economic and international development, who is stepping down to accept a position with another organization.

“David and Elizabeth have both played key roles in promoting economic and international development in El Paso and our tristate, binational region. We are sure they will bring the same dedication to their new roles and help build on the foundation and initiatives that Jessica led during her hugely successful tenure with the city, ”said Sam Rodriguez, chief operations and transportation officer the city of El Paso.

The city of El Paso has taken a new approach to managing its international bridges over the past few years in order to strengthen the local economy and improve the border crossing experience. Economists and planners were brought into the International Bridges Department to advance economic development efforts while analyzing and maintaining real-time data related to bridge traffic and peak challenges.

These efforts, along with a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) project, resulted in the city receiving US $ 32 million from the state for intelligent transportation systems projects that would serve as catalysts for economic development.

City officials say Friday’s appointments will “strengthen collaboration between the international bridges and economic development departments.” They add that this new direction, combined with the activities at El Paso International Airport, will “create a more focused approach to business expansion and relocation based on trends and market research for higher wages and jobs”.

Coronado has headed the International Bridges Department since 2018 and during that time has built and strengthened relationships with the Mexican government, business officials, maquiladoras and other institutions in the region.

Prior to joining the city, Coronado worked at the Institute for Policy and Economic Development at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he conducted economic impact assessments for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), industry cluster studies, and several other initiatives to assess the value of economic development projects in the country Region. He also has extensive planning experience after serving at a senior level in the planning and inspection department for half a decade.

As director of our international bridges division, he has maintained extensive relationships with stakeholders at the federal and state levels and has built great partnerships with key stakeholders in Mexico. Coronado holds a Master of Public Administration in Economic Development and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a certified member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners, and an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Triggs has demonstrated her leadership skills repeatedly during nearly decades of service to the city. She currently works as Strategic Partnerships Officer and previously as Assistant Director of International and Economic Development.

During her tenure as deputy director, she focused on real estate development through public-private partnerships and the use of targeted funding instruments such as tax increase finance and special tax districts. Prior to her business and international development work, Triggs worked in various departments of the Planning and Inspection Department, where her responsibilities included approving land development and business licensing processes, regulatory analysis, code development, and long-term and small-scale planning.

Early in her career, she also worked for an economics and policy research branch at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she conducted and supported survey research and economic and tax impact studies that inform local and regional policy decisions. She is accredited by the Congress of New Urbanism and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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