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Previous Community Project Funding Requests

Projects Submitted and Accepted:
Below you will find the projects my office submitted to the Appropriations Committee during the Fiscal Year 2022 Community Project Funding request cycle and were successfully funded.

Project Name: UMC Robotics Expansion
Recipient: El Paso County Hospital District/University Medical Center of El Paso 
Address: 4815 Alameda Ave, El Paso, TX 79905
Amount Awarded: $1.2 million
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to purchase a Da Vinci Single Port (SP) robot at University Medical Center of El Paso to improve minimally invasive service offerings for the El Paso community. The SP robot will allow University Medical Center to expand its capacity to provide high level medical care to the region, including uninsured individuals. Additionally, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical residents will have the opportunity to train on the equipment, strengthening the breadth of their training as our future medical workforce. Finally, the SP robot will provide a valuable tool to treat urological cancer, a treatment not currently available in El Paso
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: La Fe FQHC Technology Upgrade
Recipient: Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc
Address: 1314 Yandell Drive, El Paso, TX 79902
Amount Requested: $925,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to upgrade La Fe’s service delivery model by enhancing and interconnecting its Electronic Health Records (EHR) system to be capable of comprehensive coordination of care. By interconnecting La Fe’s medical, dental, pharmacy, laboratory, and other health care services, La Fe’s eight FQHCs and four community outreach facilities would be able to serve the border’s most vulnerable populations and isolated colonia areas more effectively. Additionally, the funding will be used to upgrade and network its telecommunications equipment, hard and software, and increase its bandwidth and server capacity in order to be able use its current staff and service-delivery model more effectively, improve the ability to medical staff to document services efficiently, and facilitate the use of new virtual formats of patient services within the vulnerable inner-city communities and county colonias it serves.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: Cotton Valley Connect by Digital El Paso
Recipient: County of El Paso, Texas
Address: 500 E. San Antonio, El Paso, TX 79901
Amount Requested: $2,850,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to provide reliable access to public broadband service, via wireless mesh service, to an estimated 3,256 students across two school districts throughout the community—Fabens and Tornillo ISDs. Access to reliable internet service has proven necessary to navigate remote learning in the midst of a pandemic and will remain a critical utility and service line for the regional economy moving forward. The project is based on a successfully piloted proof-of-concept that was launched by Canutillo ISD in 2020 as a response to the ongoing pandemic.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: Casitas Community Project
Recipient: El Paso Center for Children, Inc.
Address: 2200 N. Stevens, El Paso, TX  79930
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to purchase/acquire land and build a 15-unit tiny home community for young adults ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Although these transition-aged youth are able to access some limited programs specific for their age, there are simply not enough housing options for this particular age group.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: Paso del Norte Trail water-front shared-use path along the Franklin Canal from the entrance of El Paso Zoo to Tobin
Recipient: City of El Paso
Address: 300 North Campbell, El Paso, TX 79901
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to create a model infrastructure project that prioritizes connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, provides safe recreation space, and creates a community amenity to drive ecotourism while promoting sustainable development. Additionally, this project will provide multi-modal transportation options for our community, improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in this corridor, and support environmentally-conscious development practices by utilizing drought-tolerant plants and green infrastructure, in addition to creating jobs for trail construction.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: Connecting Communities: Upper Valley First-Time Water & Wastewater Projects
Recipient: County of El Paso, TX
Address: 500 E. San Antonio, El Paso, TX 79901
Amount Requested: $1,105,000
Project Description and Explanation: The funding would be used to provide for the design and environmental assessment for a cluster of first-time water and wastewater projects throughout the Upper Valley to facilitate 412 residents with access to critical infrastructure to promote the health and safety of the community.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: El Paso Police Department Body-Worn Camera Program
Recipient: City of El Paso
Address: City of El Paso, City Hall, 300 N. Campbell St, El Paso, TX 79901
Amount Requested: $525,000
Project Description and Explanation: This funding would be used to establish a body-worn camera program for the El Paso Police Department. This project will provide several potential benefits to the local community. 1) Better transparency: first, body-worn cameras may result in better transparency and accountability and thus may improve law enforcement legitimacy. 2) Increased civility: body-worn cameras may also result in higher rates of citizen compliance to officer commands during encounters and fewer complaints lodged against law enforcement. 3) Quicker resolution: body-worn cameras may lead to a faster resolution of citizen complaints and lawsuits that allege excessive use of force and other forms of officer misconduct. 4) Corroborating evidence: footage captured may also be used as evidence in arrests or prosecutions. 5) Training opportunities: the use of body-worn cameras also offers potential opportunities to advance policing through training. Law enforcement trainers and executives can assess officer activities and behavior captured by body-worn cameras — either through self-initiated investigations or those that result from calls for service — to advance professionalism among officers and new recruits.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: The Crisis Intervention Team
Recipient: County of El Paso
Address: 500 E. San Antonio Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
Amount Requested: $2,015,000
Project Description and Explanation: This funding would be used to fund a Crisis Intervention Team, (CIT) for the County of El Paso. The Crisis Intervention Team is a new community partnership between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (SO) and Emergence Health Network (EHN), the official Local Mental Health Authority. The SO and EHN desire to explore options for providing safer and more effective responses to dynamic law enforcement incidents involving persons in suspected mental health crisis and situations involving persons with a diagnosed or suspected mental illness and/or intellectual disability. By addressing and focusing on the root cause of these incidents or crises, the SO CIT can help persons with seeking the assistance and proper resources. As such, the CIT will specialize in responding effectively to El Paso County’s mental health crisis situations, communicated through agency dispatch calls or while out on patrol. CIT member teams, consisting of specially trained SO deputies and EHN mental health professionals, will respond to mental health crisis related calls within the community to include the unincorporated areas of El Paso County, county detention facilities, and incorporated areas of the County, including Horizon, Anthony, San Elizario, Socorro, Clint and Vinton. The SO considers this team a long-term option to provide mental health assistance to the community and hopes it will provide a valuable response option to those in the community who may be experiencing a mental health crisis, issues with addiction, and the everyday struggles that may come with homelessness.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

Project Name: El Paso Makes: Department of Defense Contract Support for El Paso’s Manufacturers 
Recipient: National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)/America Makes, the University of Texas at El Paso/UTEP’s Aerospace Center and W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, & the El Paso Chamber. 
Address: 236 W Boardman St, Youngstown, OH 44503
Amount Requested: $964,000
Project Description and Explanation: This funding would be used to support NCDMM in working in partnership with UTEP’s Aerospace Center and W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation and the El Paso Chamber to assist local manufacturing businesses in identifying and developing proposals to address DoD opportunities, and develop accounting practices and contracting vehicles that can be utilized to rapidly accept DoD contracts. The funding would essentially be used to develop a regional innovation ecosystem by harnessing UTEP’s national research preeminence to create high quality jobs for this region. The core underpinning of this effort is to catalyze the development of an advanced, technology-based industrial economy in three strategic areas: aerospace and defense technologies, advanced manufacturing, and energy engineering. 
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click here

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