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City leaders: We need to redefine what a nearly local business is

By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas -
What is a sort of local business?

Its the question El Paso city staff will look into for the next two months before bringing recommendations to the city council.

Currently, when the city looks at a bid for a city project, it automatically gives local business a 5 percent advantage.
That means if that business is owned and operated in El Paso, its bid is look at as up to 5 percent less.
A 2.5 percent advantage is granted to what are called Tier 2 local businesses.
Right now a Tier 2 business is defined as an office or warehouse with a minimum of 15 full-time employees that reside in the city of El Paso city or 35 percent of companies work force reside in the city of El Paso, whichever is greater."
But that's not good enough, according to one local business advocate.
We want these businesses to have roots here in El Paso. We want to define them as local because they are local. The reason for that is because using these business has a great economic impact on El Paso, Nancy Ontiveros, executive director of Home Grown El Paso Business Alliance, said.
This policy went into effect in November 2011.



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