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Medical Center of the America's Expansion, economic engine for El Paso

Updated: Tuesday, October 15 2013, 10:27 PM MDT

By: Genevieve Curtis


EL PASO: Texas--In just a few years, the borderland could become a premier city for medical research. The Medical Center of The Americas Foundation debuts its plan during Tuesday's El Paso City Council meeting, to make that plan a reality.


At the cornerstone of the development plan are two major building projects, including the
Cardwell Collaborative, a $28 million biomedical research facility. When completed the research building will be able to house the city's public health labs, local medical institutes including the Biomedical Institute of the Americas, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and private biomedical companies.


MCA Foundation President Emma Schwartz unveiled designs of the Cardwell Collaborative at the City Council meeting.


Located off of I-10 between Raynolds and Chelsea, the MCA Foundation intends for it to be an iconic structure and symbolize the region's proliferating biomedical community.
Groundbreaking is set for 2014, with completion expected in 2015.


Another major building project in the works, the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing is already under construction. Completion of that project is also expected to be in the spring of 2015.


"We really hoping to inspire other companies from outside our region to come, move here because of the great business atmosphere that we have here in this community," said Schwartz.



In February 2012, City Council approved the Economic Program Grant Agreement with the MCA for the purpose of developing a biomedical cluster. The MCA was awarded 75 percent of the city's impact fund.

Medical Center of the America's Expansion, economic engine for El Paso


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