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EPHCC Statement on DACA Decision



El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Statement on Repeal of DACA Program
September 5, 2017- The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and our 1,200 members are deeply disheartened and disappointed in the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Five years ago the opening of the DACA program application marked the beginning of a brighter future for Dreamers, our businesses, and our country as a whole. No longer did our community’s Dreamers have to fear deportation; a whole world of possibilities previously denied to them was suddenly open. It also opened up a segment of the workforce for businesses struggling to fill talent gaps. Businesses could now recruit and hire Dreamers without fear or hesitation.
Sadly, the bright future offered by DACA has been extinguished by today’s announcement. Today, we have failed the 800,000 individuals who have lived side by side with us for most of their lives, who have struggled alongside us in their pursuit of the American Dream. We have failed those individuals who willingly gave up their personal information on the promise that they would be protected.
Each one of our staff members knows at least one person who will be affected by this decision, who will have their lives turned upside down because of this decision. These individuals are our coworkers, our students, our friends, our neighbors, and our family members. They are not criminals; they are not thieves; they are not murders; they are the same people we saw just last week risking their own lives to save others in the devastating floods in Houston.
At a time when we need to be coming together as a nation, we should not be ripping families apart.
The ending of the program will not only devastate families across the state and country, it will also hurt our economy. According to a poll conducted by the Center for American Progress, deferred action programs like DACA will grow the US economy by $230 billion, increase the GDP for the state of Texas by $38.27 billion, and create an average of 4,800 jobs in Texas alone. DACA recipients report being able to pursue education opportunities they previously could not and receiving better wages than they previously had, enhancing and improving their lives and our communities.
Too often, immigrants are seen as a burden to our country, not the asset they truly are. Our country, our state, and our community could not grow, could not compete without these individuals. If we truly want to be competitive on a global scale, if we truly want to ensure the growth and success of our economy, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants seeking to come to our country, and those Dreamers who already call our country home, as the assets they are, not as perceived burdens or threats.
We urge Congress to act quickly in passing legislation, such as the BRIDGE Act, that will protect DACA recipients and other Dreamers before time runs out. Protecting these individuals, thereby protecting our economic growth and stability, should be a priority for Congress before they turn to passing more comprehensive immigration reform.
It is time that we focus on immigration reform that exemplifies and upholds our values as a nation that was built by immigrants. Ending the DACA program stands in direct opposition to those ideals.
To all of the DACA recipients from our community and beyond, we stand with you.
Now, more than ever, is a time for action. It is time for us to lift our lamp beside our golden door and embrace the ideas, talents, and hopes of those seeking a better life and greater opportunities. As an organization representing 1,200 members and our small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses, we support and will continue to support immigration reform and legislation that embraces diversity and enhances our businesses and our communities.
The mission of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to continue to be the leading advocate in promoting the success of small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses in the greater El Paso region, by providing resources, information and education while promoting the awareness and preservation of the Hispanic Culture.
If you are a DACA recipient, please call the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a list of immigration attorneys that can assist you with any concerns or questions you may have.


2017 TAMACC Awards!



The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce Recognizes the Efforts of Local Businesses and Individuals at the Annual State Convention In Irving, Texas!

(El Paso, TX)- July 19th, 2017

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) is hosting the 42nd Annual Hispanic Business Convention of Texas August 3 – 5, 2017 in Irving, Texas. At this year’s convention TAMACC will be recognizing and awarding five recipients from El Paso! Each Year, TAMACC members nominate individuals and companies from all across the state to receive these prestigious awards. Award recipients are selected by a committee who reviews nomination packets from all across the state. The TAMACC Hispanic Business Convention of Texas is one of the biggest statewide attended business gatherings. Every year, TAMACC awards and recognizes individuals and organizations who continue to exceed the expectations of the organization at the annual convention.  

“It is very exciting to learn that the hard work and dedication of 5 El Paso businesses & individuals is being recognized at the state level by such an important organization.” States Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of The El Paso Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce. “El Paso has seen the hard work of all of the honorees and now the state of Texas gets the opportunity to learn what El Paso business is all about.”

Von Washington, Chairman of the Board for the El Paso Hispanic Chamber stated, “It is impressive that El Paso Has taken so many awards this year for TAMACC. This just goes to show that all of the efforts of our local El Pasoeans are paying off!”

“One of the most rewarding, important, and established traditions of the TAMACC Annual Convention, is to select, recognize, and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of small businesses, Hispanic Chambers, and Government and Corporate Advocates,” said Samuel Guzman, TAMACC Chairman. “This year's recipients are again among the best of the best and we ask that you please join us in congratulating them.”

The Award Recipients from El Paso include: El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2017 Large Hispanic Chamber of The Year; Vincent Castro, 2017 Businessman of the Year – West Castro El Paso; Yolanda Diaz, 2017 Businesswoman of the Year - Mirador Enterprises, Inc.; Honorable Joe Moody, 2017 Government Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year - Texas House of Representatives; & Tenet Healthcare – The Hospitals of Providence, 2017 Corporate Business Advocate of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 TAMACC Award Recipients!


2017 Education Foundation Scholarship Banquet



“Together we can make a difference, one student at a time.”

WHO:         The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Educational Development Foundation & Board of Directors

WHAT:        With the participation of the President & CEO of First Light Federal Credit Union, Karl Murphy as Keynote Speaker, our Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet will recognize our 2017 Scholarship Recipients. This year we are awarding 21 students, more students than ever before. Each student will receive a $1,500 scholarship from our generous sponsors at a reception sponsored by First Light Federal Credit Union.

WHEN:                        Tuesday, June 22, 2017  11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:       Hilton Garden Inn / University:

111 W University Ave, El Paso, TX 79902


The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce administers the EPHCC Educational Development Foundation, whose purpose is to make college admission possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged youth in El Paso County, Texas. The EPHCC Educational Development Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects students with scholarships through the acquisition of grants, sponsorships, and donations.

The EPHCC Foundation Board Members, sponsors, staff, and volunteers, are committed to working toward the goal of increasing the rate of El Paso students earning a college degree. Since its formation, the EPHCC Educational Development Foundation Scholarship Fund has given over 300 scholarships to local high school students amounting to more than $300,000. The EPHCC Educational Development Foundation has helped students in achieving their academic dreams of obtaining a higher education by pursuing degrees in Health Care such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech Language Pathology, and Pre-Medicine; to Business, Engineering, Computer Science and International Relations to just mention a few.


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DATE POSTED: 07/28/17 CLOSING DATE: 08/04/17



STARTING SALARY: $59,900 - $92,800   Salary is commensurate with experience.



For over 100 years, El Paso Electric Company has been serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico with safe and reliable electric energy. Today, we are a regional electric utility with over 1,000 employees providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile service area. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE and we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our rich history, our plans for the future, and great career opportunities with El Paso Electric Company.




Job Family




Education and/or Special Training

Years of Experience



Engineer – Assoc.


* BS

0 to 3



Engineer – Staff


* BS

3 or more

* Engineering, Business, Economics, Finance, or a related field.

* Basic understanding of project management concepts and functional procedures in accordance with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) standards and methodologies for project management as found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) preferred


Under the general direction of the Manager of Infrastructure Initiatives, is responsible for various project management and process improvements, including creating and executing work plans, project schedules, identifying resource requirements, writing business case reports, management of daily project operations, project budget and close-out, and other duties as assigned and deemed important by the Manager.



  1. Manage assigned projects and tasks, including creating and executing work plans, project schedules, identifying resource requirements, management of daily project operations, and project budget and close-out.
  2. Conduct process improvement-related work, including analysis, planning, execution, monitoring, and presentation and reporting.
  3. Conduct project financial analyses, business case and strategic plan development, and costs/benefits evaluation practices and procedures.
  4. Monitor and perform feasibility studies and develop recommendations on company initiatives.
  5. Perform due diligence reviews on industry opportunities.
  6. Manage and execute projects from initiation to closing.
  7. Assess and document status quo conditions and to ascertain and recommend actions for process improvement.
  8. Identify, quantify and present risks, costs and benefits associated with projects and issues.
  9. Complies with all applicable Company policies, procedures and code of ethics as well as all applicable governmental laws and regulations to include employment, safety and environmental standards and regulations. 
  10. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  11. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with officers, managers, fellow employees, and the general public.
  12. Maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.
  13. Availability to work irregular hours and to travel as needed.
  14. Perform other related tasks that are not included, but are within the context of the duties defined.


  1. Experience in project management, including creating and executing work plans, project schedules, identifying resource requirements, management of daily project operations, and project budget and close-out.
  2. Experience in process improvement-related work, including analysis, planning, execution, monitoring, and presentation and reporting.
  3. Knowledge of electric utility system principles and practices, operations, and applicable rules and regulations.
  4. Knowledge of project financial analyses, business case and strategic plan development, and costs/benefits evaluation practices and procedures.
  5. Ability to manage and execute projects from initiation to closing.
  6. Ability to assess and document status quo conditions and to ascertain and recommend actions for process improvement.
  7. Ability to support the Company’s project management and oversight activities related to infrastructure projects and other projects as assigned.
  8. Ability to identify, quantify and present risks, costs and benefits associated with projects, and issues.
  9. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project and Visio.
  10. Knowledge in various reporting, and budgeting processes.
  11. Strong organizational, communication (verbal and written), and presentation skills.
  12. Ability to generate credibility with and to present information to management regarding solutions to complex issues.
  13. Ability to effectively manage several tasks at the same time.


The incumbents in this classification are subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions and temperature changes of extreme cold weather (below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour) and extreme hot weather (temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour); and are exposed to loud noises, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions and oils.


  1. Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently, or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  2. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  3. Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
  4. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  5. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.
  6. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  7. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  8. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities in which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
  9. Hearing: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.
  10. Repetitive motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  11. Visual acuity: Color, depth perception and field of vision to include measurement devices for close inspection and analysis.


Medical and Dental Insurance           

Vision Insurance                                            

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)      

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Travel Accident Insurance

Long Term Disability Benefits

Short Term Disability Benefits

Cash Balance Plan

401 (k) Savings Plan (with Company Match)

Annual Bonus Plan

Paid Time Off (PTO) Benefits

Paid Holidays

Tuition Reimbursement

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

Employee and Community Support Activities


El Paso Electric Company (EPE) is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons in all areas of occupation without regard to age, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, workers' compensation, veteran status, genetic information, or familial responsibilities. In addition, EPE is committed to complying with all relevant and applicable federal, state and local laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace.

If interested in applying for this position, you must apply on-line by 5:00 PM, August 4, 2017.  (Please scroll back up to the “Apply Now” button)



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