El Paso Promotional Products
El Paso promotional products of all sorts can be found all over this West Texan City that is the county seat of El Paso County, one of the nine that forms the Trans-Pecos region. Lying on the Rio Grande just across the border from Juarez, Mexico, El Paso, with Juarez together form the international metropolitan area called Juarez-El Paso with nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico sometimes included as part of the region. Juarez-El Paso is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world that crosses international borders, and though those national boundaries are a distinct point of separation one can find many ethnic and cultural influences among its population and there are currently many efforts for integration among the Juarez-El Paso communities. Advocacy groups such as the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation make good use of products to raise awareness for their efforts.
El Paso and its Economics
In terms of economics, El Paso County has many different driving forces that go beyond its international trade with neighboring Juarez. The military post Fort Bliss is a major contributor. Fort Bliss is currently the location of the United States Army's Air Defense Artillery Center and produces approximately $80 million in products and services annually with a $1 billion economic impact on the El Paso County area. Additionally, education is a very large contributor to the economy including the economic impact of El Paso's two large universities the University of Texas at El Paso (or UTEP) and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande today, UTEP originally opened in 1914 with students taking class at buildings at Fort Bliss. The school moved to its present site in 1917 and is now the largest university in the U.S. with a majority Mexican-American student population. You can see students around campus sporting products with the UTEP seal and with the school colors of orange, blue, white and silver.
El Paso for the Movies
Several scenes from the film Glory Road, released in 2006, were filmed at UTEP as the movie is based on a true story about events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which the head coach of the UTEP (then called Texas Western College) Don Haskins led a team with the first all-black starting lineup in NCAA history. There are actually many movies that have been filmed in and around the Juarez-El Paso region. 2007's Academy Award Best Picture No Country for Old Men that is set in West Texas in the 1980s, for example, filmed some scenes in nearby Marfa. These films can also be considered sources of El Paso souvenires! From theatrical release posters to tee shirts featuring their design, products for these films have been seen well beyond El Paso County's borders.