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El Paso, Texas 79901

El Paso County

  • RSTED
  • About Us
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  • The Countyís Rural & Small Town Economic Development Team was created pursuant to the terms of an Interlocal Agreement that was adopted by Commissioners Court in October, 2012. Our basic mission is to provide the County with planning guidance for economic development and to service the economic development needs of the small towns and rural areas outside the City of El Paso.
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  • The final goal of the RSTED Teamís ambitious, multi-faceted work plan has been stated as follows:
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  • [To] increase the quality of life of El Paso County residents by establishing a foundation for economic prosperity in the El Paso County that stimulates an environment of innovation, offers high-quality infrastructure, improves workforce development, and increases tourism in specified areas.
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  • Functioning as a true team only since July, 2013, the RSTED Team has hit the ground running, and has already produced an official set of Guidelines and Criteria to implement the Countyís Sustainable City Centers Incentives policy within the designated historic districts of Socorro and San Elizario.
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  • Thanks to the Interlocal Agreement which created it, the RSTED Team can service the needs of the small towns and rural areas of the County while relying on significant technical and administrative support from the City of El Paso. This is a great example of interlocal cooperation and service-sharing that will save taxpayer dollars while achieving important economic development objectives.
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  • The RSTED Team comprises two full-time Economic Development Specialists: Christian A. Nill, AICP and Rafael Arellano, CNU-A. But remember Ė when you work with us to address economic development priorities in your community, you are a member of the team, too!
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  • Christian NillChristian A. Nill, AICP
  • As a professional planner specializing in community development issues, Mr. Nill provides training, management advice and planning leadership to communities and community-based organizations. His main focus revolves around strategic and comprehensive planning, community needs assessment, environmental infrastructure development, creative public involvement strategies and grant writing.
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  • Mr. Nill holds both a Bachelorís and a Master of Science from Cornell University in natural resources management and city and regional planning. Prior to his arrival in El Paso, he spent eighteen years assisting scores of communities in the Northeast with rural and economic development issues. Before that Mr. Nill spent nine years in Central America organizing and managing a wide variety of community development projects.
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  • Mr. Nillís chief goal now is to apply innovative methods to help interdependent people and communities in El Paso County plan a sustainable development path to meet the challenges of the future.
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  • Rafael ArellanoRafael Arellano
  • Rafael Arellano is a professional planner with the City of El Pasoís Economic Development Division. His primary focus is form-based strategic and comprehensive planning, environmentally-sustainable development and the expansion of public sector-oriented utility projects. As a Rural and Small Town Senior Economic Development Specialist, Mr. Arellano gathers, researches and analyzes technical planning material related to designated projects. He also represents the department at various meetings and discussions concerning the role of the City and County in economic development while assisting with economic incentive programs, including tax abatements, green and sustainable incentives for clean technologies, the revolving loan fund, and the recruitment of industries.
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  • Rafael holds a Bachelor's and a Master of Public Administration degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He comes to Economic Development from the Planning Division, where he helped draft effective policy options, advised and processed development applications and analyzed official site development plans. In addition, Rafael is a nationally certified New Urbanist by the Congress of New Urbanism.
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