EL PASO, Texas -

Cary Westin has been named the City's new director of Economic and International Development.

Westin most recently worked for three years as the vice president for business development at the Borderplex Alliance and Regional Economic Development Corporation. He was in charge of the defense and clean technology sectors and was responsible for attracting new industry to the region.

More From City's News Release on Westin's Hiring

Westin’s hiring will ensure the City develops and implements a strategic vision which directs its economic future, while still complementing and supplementing the regional initiatives currently underway at the Borderplex Economic Alliance. Prior to his tenure at the Borderplex Economic Alliance and formerly REDCO, Westin served as Vice President for Business Development with Aerospace Missions Corporation supporting key technology research and development projects including hyper-spectral imaging for small unmanned aerial platforms, Nano-photonics, and the development of miniaturized sensors.

Westin earned a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006. He also holds a BA (English) from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. His tenure with the Army included deployments for both combat and peacekeeping operations to Iraq, Albania, Kosovo and Honduras.

Westin served 25 years on active duty in the Army in a variety of critical command and staff positions. COL Westin’s occupational specialty was air defense operations, culminating in a four year assignment as the Director of the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate (ADATD), U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was also assigned as the Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID) Deputy Director for Test and Evaluation (T&E), and Director of the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) T&E Cell responsible for coordinating Army modernization related testing requirements.