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Governor Abbott Announces Senior Staff Promotions

4 hours 17 min ago
Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff, naming Jordan Hale as Deputy Chief of Staff and Sarah Hicks as Senior Advisor to the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff, naming Jordan Hale as Deputy Chief of Staff and Sarah Hicks as Senior Advisor to the Governor. Jordan Hale previously served as Director of Administration for the Office of the Governor. Sarah Hicks has and will continue to serve as the Governor's budget director, in addition to her new role as Senior Advisor.

“Throughout their years of dedicated service, Jordan and Sarah have become invaluable members of my team, and I am thrilled to further expand their roles within the office,” said Governor Abbott. “My goals for the upcoming legislative session require a team dedicated to helping make Texas better, and I have no doubt Jordan and Sarah share my commitment to the people of our state. I congratulate them both and look forward to our continued work together.”

Jordan Hale will serve as Governor Abbott’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Hale currently serves as the Governor’s Director of Administration. Hale began working for the Governor in 2006 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney General’s Open Records Division. She later moved to the General Counsel Division of the OAG, serving as the Assistant Public Information Coordinator and then the Public Information Coordinator. She transitioned to Governor Abbott’s administration in 2015 as an Assistant General Counsel. Hale has also worked for the United States Senate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Sarah Hicks will continue to serve as Governor Abbott’s Budget Director in addition to her new role as Senior Advisor. Hicks previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of State Relations at the Texas A&M University System. Prior to that she worked as the Committee Director of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance and as a legislative aide to former State Senator Steve Ogden. Hicks holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Thomas To Texas Workforce Commission

6 hours 8 min ago
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert D. Thomas to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert D. Thomas to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas.

Robert D. Thomas of Austin is founder and principal of the Thomas Consulting Group. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Entrepreneur Organization – Austin Chapter. He is a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Texas Facilities Commission and former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Austin Community College Bond Oversight Committee and the Downtown Austin Vision Steering Committee, former member of the Travis County Civil and Family Courts Committee, and former board member of the African American Cultural Heritage District. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and German from Loyola University, Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Governor Abbott Receives Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:33
The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report, summarizing findings from visits to all Texas military installations and meetings with military installation commanders, staff and local community leaders.

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force Strategic Report, summarizing findings from visits to all Texas military installations and meetings with military installation commanders, staff and local community leaders. The report identifies strengths and opportunities to grow current missions, bring in new missions and other strategies to increase the military value of those installations.

Recommendations in the task force report will serve as building blocks for the recently announced Governor’s Committee to Support the Military; a full report from that committee is due by December 1, 2018, and will contain recommendations for legislative action during the 2019 legislative session.

"I am grateful to the task force members not only for their decades of individual military service, but also for their valuable perspective and diligence in compiling these findings. Their report is critical to our efforts to support the mission of the military, and enhance and protect the 15 major military installations in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As seen by the selection of Texas as the home for the new Army Futures Command, our support for the mission of the military is unwavering. And I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military to ensure that our military installations in Texas continue to add unmatched value.”

The Texas Military Value Task Force members appointed by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission included:

  • Dr. Annette Sobel, Chair, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army, U.S. Air National Guard
  • Ken Cox, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Army
  • Dr. Henry Ostermann, Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve
  • Robert Wood, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Dave Edgecomb, Captain (Ret.), U.S. Navy
  • Michael Bob Starr, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force
  • James Whitmore, Major General (Ret.), U.S. Air Force

The Texas Military Value Task Force was first created in the 83rd Texas Legislature to prepare for possible actions by the U.S. Department of Defense by identifying strategies, policies, plans, projects and other ways to improve or add military value to installations in Texas. At the direction of Governor Abbott, the task force was reconstituted in December 2017; they began their visits to Texas military installations in January 2018.

Learn more about the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.

Learn more about the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military.

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Governor Abbott Attends 2018 Beaumont Chamber Of Commerce Annual Meeting And Spindletop Award Ceremony

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:23
Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 annual celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their 2018 annual celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year. The Governor also participated in the annual Spindletop award ceremony, which honors businesses in the greater Beaumont area that have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and had an overall positive influence in their community.

"I thank the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for their economic prowess bringing more jobs to this entire region, and for being an economic engine for the entire state,” said Governor Abbott. “Going back to the days of Spindletop, the economic might of Beaumont put Texas on the path to become the energy capitol of world. The entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that sparked Spindletop remains vibrant today and lives on in current day business leaders throughout Southeast Texas.”

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (GBCOC) serves members and the community as a catalyst to promote the economic growth of Beaumont and the surrounding areas. The GBCOC continues to place the economic development needs of established and new businesses first by advocating for the business community and developing cutting edge programs that support economic growth in the region.

The Spindletop award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate citizenship and overall impact on their community. A committee consisting of Board members and past chairs of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce chooses the award recipient based on history in the community, overall impact to Southeast Texas, and collaboration with other business and governmental entities.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Stubblefield Presiding Judge Of The Third Administrative Judicial Region

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 09:45
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Billy Ray Stubblefield as presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Billy Ray Stubblefield as presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification.

Billy Ray Stubblefield of Georgetown has served as the presiding judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region since February 2010, and previously served as judge of the 26th Judicial District Court for 22 years. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Williamson County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the United States Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a past judicial member of the American Probation and Parole Association and a founding and former board member of the Williamson County Crisis Center. He is a current member and past president of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, a founding board member and past president of the Georgetown Project, and a past board member of the Georgetown Palace Theatre and Wesleyan Homes. Stubblefield received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from Southwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storm System Moves Across Texas

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:28
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week. The SOC will increase its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning at 12 p.m. today. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local leaders in the impacted communities.

“The potential dangers and disastrous effects of flooding cannot be overstated, and Texas is taking action to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Governor Abbott. “I continue to urge all Texans to heed all emergency warnings from local officials and stay alert to changing weather and road conditions. I’d also like to offer my thanks to the brave first responders protecting Texans when disasters strike, and I want those in affected communities to know that we stand ready to provide any necessary resources to respond to these threats.”

State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, ESF-9 (TX-TF 1)
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • American Red Cross
  • State Mass Care

Current forecasts indicate heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and a potential for river flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes across the state this week. Rising and moving water can threaten not only drivers on the roadways, but people on foot as well as those outdoors near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall.

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/).
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.

 For additional safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, see: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Treviño To Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:34
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judy Treviño to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judy Treviño to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. The board oversees the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and the Texas College Savings Plan.

Judy Treviño of San Antonio is executive director of CCVI Ministries, Inc. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latina Leadership Institute Steering Committee. She is a board member of the Southwest Outreach for Older People, Texas A&M-San Antonio Board Foundation, City of San Antonio Audit Committee, and the Make a Wish Foundation. She mentors for the Cardinal Latina Mentoring Program, which was recognized for Educational Excellence for Hispanics by the White House Initiative. Additionally, she serves as the second vice chair for the Centro Med Board of Governors and is an honorary life member of the North East Independent School District Council of PTAs. She is a former president of the Institute of Internal Auditors San Antonio Chapter, former vice president of the Alamo Area Association of School Business, and a former member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials. Treviño received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University. 

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Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In October For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 14:03
Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.  However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 5th day of October, 2018. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Examiners of Marriage And Family Therapists

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:34
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anthony Scoma to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Rich Stoglin and reappointed George Francis, IV for terms set to expire February 1, 2023. The board licenses and regulates Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas.

Anthony Scoma of Austin is the founder and Senior Pastor of Southwest Family Fellowship. He serves as Sectional Presbyter of the South Austin Section for the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He previously served as an Associate Pastor of Discipleship at a church in Springfield, Missouri, a recruitment coordinator at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and as a legislative aide to a member of the Texas State House of Representatives. He is a board member of The University of Texas Chi Alpha and is an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, USA. He is a former board member and national instructor of Church Planting and Multiplication Board for the North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Scoma received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Divinity from Assemblies of God Seminary. Additionally, he is currently a doctoral candidate at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Rich Stoglin of Arlington is the CEO of The Stoglin Group. He received an honorable discharge after 28 years of serving as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He has previously served as Special Senior Advisor to 39 Nations to U.S. Military Generals and Command Coalition Staff in Afghanistan, Regiment Chaplain, 14th Marines, USMC (US Navy Reservist), and in the Department of Justice as Department Head of Religious Services in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is a member of the Naval Reserves Officers Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Arlington Civil Service Commission. Stoglin received a Bachelor of Science in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Arlington, a Doctor of Ministry in Counseling Administration from United Theological Seminary, and a diploma from the Naval War College.

George Francis, IV of Georgetown is director of Operations Shared Services Delivery for Dell Inc. He is a board member of the Austin Area Urban League, national technology committee member of Sigma Pi Phi, and an Eagle Scout and former scout master for the Capitol Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the National Black MBA Association, the Meridian Charter School Circle of Family Friends and past chair and board member of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the City of Austin Employee Retirement System and Austin Parks Foundation. George received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Thomas Presiding Officer Of North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:57
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Linda R. Thomas presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Linda R. Thomas presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects in North East Texas.

Linda R. Thomas of Longview is a general partner at Butter Ryan Partners, Ltd. She is a board member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s I20 and I30 East Texas Corridor Advisory Committees, as well as the East Texas Council of Governments Rural Planning Organization. She is treasurer of the Good Shepherd Medical Center Foundation Board and member of The University of Texas at Tyler Longview University Center Development Council and the East Texas Area Boy Scouts of America Foundation. Additionally, she is past president of the Longview Rotary Club and a member of the Greater Longview United Way, Longview Economic Development Corporation, and Junior League of Longview. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Governor Abbott Announces Funding To Support Local Law Enforcement And Crack Down On Gang Violence

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:25
Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals. One hundred awards were released to local communities and law enforcement groups across the region for intelligence sharing, collaboration and efforts to crack down on border-related criminal activity in Texas.

 “We must continue doing all we can to stop violent criminals and gangs from coming across our borders and into our communities,” Governor Abbott. “These grants will help ensure our law enforcement along the border have the resources necessary to confront these unique threats, and prevent organized crime from taking root in Texas. I thank all the brave men and women who work tirelessly to secure our border and keep Texans safe, and I will continue working to put an end to lawlessness along our border.”

With this LBSP funding, local officials will continue making progress disrupting gangs and cartel operations in the Texas border region. This funding also helps local law enforcement provide intelligence on criminal and gang activity and tactics in coordination with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This intelligence is essential for effective and coordinated border security operations among federal, state and local partners. Last year, LBSP grantees reported over 800,000 miles patrolled and 1,200 felony arrests made by grant paid officers supporting the border initiative.

  LBSP funding also assists local law enforcement with essential border security related efforts including:

  • Implementation of, and increase in, the effectiveness of operational methods, measures, and techniques for stopping border-related crime.
  • Decreasing the supply of drugs smuggled into and through Texas from Mexico.
  • Disrupting and deterring operations of gang and cartel criminal organizations.
  • Increased effectiveness of air operations.
  • Increased coordination and integration of air-ground team operations.
  • Increased effectiveness of directed action missions based upon intelligence and analysis.

The Governor's Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) administers the grant program supporting overtime and operational costs for law enforcement agencies located within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Center (JOIC) Regions. The Local Border Security Program was established in 2007 with by the 80th Legislature.

See the attached list of LBSP awards released.

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Holder And Jenkins To Jefferson And Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:54
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020. The board has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board's jurisdiction.

Charles E. “Charlie” Holder of Vidor is president and CEO of Advantage Testing, Home Instead Senior Care, and Sure Shot Game Calls. He is a member of the Professional Outdoor Press Association and EO - Entrepreneurs Organization. He is chairman of The Betterment for Seniors Foundation Board, board member of Meals on Wheels and the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, and the founder of Be a Santa to a Senior. Holder attended Lamar University and received a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William G. “Will” Jenkins, III of Beaumont is director of sales at Giglio Distributing Company. He serves on the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Board of Directors. He is on the board of Coastal Conservation Association – Golden Triangle, United Way of Beaumont, and Beaumont Main Street. He serves on the executive board as vice-president of marketing for Three Rivers Council and is chairman of the board of St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Governor Abbott and EducationSuperHighway Announce Milestone in Effort to Improve High-Speed Internet Access Across Texas Schools

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:32
EducationSuperHighway today released their annual State of the States report outlining Texas' progress in improving connectivity to high-speed internet in schools.

EducationSuperHighway today released their annual State of the States report outlining Texas' progress in improving connectivity to high-speed internet in schools. The report highlights that 97 percent of Texas school districts have upgraded to the high-speed internet needed to support digital learning opportunities in the classroom. This progress has been made as a part of Governor Abbott’s Classroom Connectivity Initiative–in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, the Education Service Centers, and EducationSuperHighway to provide access to affordable, high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi for all K–12 public schools in Texas.

“Learning is no longer limited by bricks and mortar – it is being expanded exponentially by bytes and bandwidth,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has made incredible progress connecting our students with high-speed internet and preparing them to meet future workforce needs, but our work is not yet done. Every child deserves access to quality education, and thanks to technology in the classroom, that opportunity is being made available to all Texas students.”

“The progress that Governor Abbott has made in connecting Texas' classrooms is significant, and we applaud his efforts to continue providing digital learning in every classroom, every day,” said Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO at EducationSuperHighway.

As part of the initiative, the state of Texas allocated $25 million of funding to support school districts with upgrading to scalable fiber infrastructure, which will allow them to keep up with growing bandwidth needs as digital learning becomes increasingly prevalent. This $25 million in state funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar in federal funding – on top of the federal funding districts receive through the FCC's E-rate program – resulting in a $250 million broadband investment across Texas. Over 450 districts stand to benefit from the state’s investment and, pending approval of their projects, 99% of Texas schools will be connected to fiber.

In 2015, only 67 percent of Texas schools had access to high-speed internet. As a result of this initiative, an additional 2.6 million Texas students now have the connectivity needed to take advantage of innovative learning opportunities.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To Trinity River Authority Board Of Directors

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:45
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Christina Melton Crain, Tori Lucas, and Joe McCleskey and appointed Megan Deen, Jerry House, Steve Roberts, Dave Ward, and Cathy Altman to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Christina Melton Crain, Tori Lucas, and Joe McCleskey and appointed Megan Deen, Jerry House, Steve Roberts, Dave Ward, and Cathy Altman to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on March 15, 2023. The authority oversees development and conservation of surface water resources of the Trinity River Basin.

Christina Melton Crain of Dallas is the founder and president/CEO of Unlocking DOORS. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Texas Corrections Association. She is a former chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and serves as the prisoner representative on The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Institutional Review Board. She is a past director of the State Bar of Texas and past president the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She is a life member of The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, board member of the Center for Missing/Exploited Children-Texas Region, and a trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Crain received a Bachelor of Arts in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Tori Lucas of Terrell is Banking Center president for American National Bank of Texas. She serves on the board of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, Terrell Economic Development Corporation, Kaufman County A&M Club, Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, and the Social Science Club of Terrell. Additionally, she is a member of Kiwanis International and Lake Pointe Church. Lucas received a Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University. 

Joe McCleskey of Trinity County is secretary and treasurer of Angelina Excavating Inc. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Wildlife Association and a former member and former president of the local Texas Association of Builders. He is a member of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, board member of the Angelina County Youth Fair, chairman of the Angelina County Buyers Group and logistics coordinator for the American Cancer Society Cattle Barron’s Gala. Additionally, he is former secretary and treasurer of the National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Chapter, former party chairman of the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center, former volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and former committee member of the Hudson ISD Advisory Board for Community Involvement.

Megan Deen of Fort Worth is the chief financial officer for the Fort Worth Zoological Association. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Additionally, she is a sustainer of the Junior League of Fort Worth, former committee member of the Harris Methodist Breakfast with St. NICUlas, and former volunteer for the March of Dimes Fort Worth. Deen received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Texas Christian University.

Jerry House of Leona is the owner of Leona General Store and Steakhouse and the Pecan Grove Café in Leona. He retired after 39 years of serving as a United Methodist Minister. He is a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, Southwest Cattlemen’s Association, and the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park. House received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, a Masters in Divinity from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, and a Doctor in Ministry from the McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.

Steve Roberts of Coldspring is of-counsel and a former partner at Eversheds-Sutherland LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, he is a founder and founding board member of the Archway Academy, former board member of Cornerstone Recovery, and former administrative chairman of the West University Methodist Church. Roberts received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dave Ward of Madisonville is owner of Dave Ward Investments and D&J Storage. He is a member and past president of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association, president of the Madison County ISD Scholarship Foundation, former president of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Madisonville City Council and Madison County Economic Development Council. Additionally, he is a life member of the Madison County Fair Association and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, member Madison County Go Texan Committee, and past chairman of St. Joseph Foundation, Madison St. Joseph Health Center, Madisonville Building Standards Commission, Bryan Building Standards Commission, Houston Heights Historical Association, and the Madisonville Crime Stoppers.

Cathy Altman of Midlothian is an attorney and partner at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and Ellis County Bar Association. She is chair of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the Ellis County Women in Business, board member of the North Texas Commission, and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law.  Altman received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To TexNet Technical Advisory Committee

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Hill, Chris Hillman, Dana Jurick, Hal Macartney, Kris Nygaard, Brian Stump, and Robie Vaughn, and Aaron Velasco to the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Hill, Chris Hillman, Dana Jurick, Hal Macartney, Kris Nygaard, Brian Stump, and Robie Vaughn, and Aaron Velasco to the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. Vaughn has been designated as presiding officer of the committee. The committee advises the Bureau of Economic Geology on the use of the funding, including the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program and collaborative research relationships with other universities in Texas, and on the preparation of a status report to the Governor and Legislature. Additionally, Scott Tinker, the Director of the Economic Bureau of Geology, will serve as an ex officio member of the committee. 

Dan Hill of College Station is a professor and Noble Chair of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts. Hill received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Hillman of Irving is city manager for the City of Irving. He is a member of the International City Management Association, Texas City Management Association, and the North Texas City Management Association. Hillman received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

Dana Jurick of Houston is manager of Seismic Analysis for the Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering Organization at ConcoPhillips Company. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve. Jurick received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Science from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Hal Macartney of Irving is geoscience manager of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Macartney received a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Dartmouth College.

Kris Nygaard of Houston is senior stimulation consultant for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Mechanical Engineers, Seismological Society of America, and the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. Nygaard received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Arizona.

Brian Stump of McKinney is a professor and the Albritton Chair of Geological Sciences at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the American Geophysical Union. Additionally, he is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the American Association for Advancement of Science.  He is the chair of Data Services Standing Committee for the Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology and the Seismic Review Panel for the Air Force Technical Application Center. Stump received a Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Robie Vaughn of Dallas is the owner of Vaughn Capital Partners, LLC and Vaughn Petroleum, Ltd. He is a member of The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors and a life member of The University of Texas at Austin Development Board and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. He also serves on the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Board of Directors. Vaughn received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Aaron Velasco of El Paso is the State Seismologist for the Railroad Commission of Texas and a professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Velasco received a Bachelor of Science in geophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Philosophy in seismology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Scott Tinker of Austin is the State Geologist of Texas, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, Edwin Allday Endowed Chair of Subsurface Geology, and professor at The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. He is a past president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Association of American State Geologists, Austin Geological Society, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the American Geosciences Institute, representing over 250,000 geoscientists worldwide. He is a certified Professional Geoscientist in Texas, holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and is a member of numerous other professional societies and boards. Additionally, he is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, AGI Campbell Medalist, and GCAGS Boyd Medalist, the highest honors bestowed by each of those societies. He is a fellow of the Geologic Society of America and has been broadly awarded for his successful efforts to engage the public in science for his global energy film Switch and NPR radio series Earth Date. Tinker received a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University, Master of Science from the University of Michigan and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Colorado.

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Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding In Texas

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:32
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding. By issuing this disaster declaration, Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions necessary to respond to this disaster.

“When severe weather and flooding strikes Texas, our top priorities are to ensure the safety of those in harm’s way and to provide the necessary resources to help them recover,” said Governor Abbott. “This Disaster Declaration will ensure local officials and Texans affected by these storms have what they need to respond. I thank our first responders for keeping communities safe when disasters strike, and I encourage all Texans to be prepared for severe weather.”

Counties included in the disaster declaration are: Ellis, Sutton, and Tarrant.

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Governor Greg Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding In North Texas

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:29
- Governor Greg Abbott today issued a State Disaster Declaration for three North Texas counties recently impacted by severe weather and flooding.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather and flooding event that began on September 21, 2018, has caused widespread and severe property damage in Ellis, Sutton, and Tarrant counties.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previously listed counties.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 28th day of September, 2018. 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the Proclamation

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Lynd Presiding Officer Of Alamo Regional Mobility Authority

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:16
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Michael Lynd, Jr. as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Michael Lynd, Jr. as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2020. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects.

Michael Lynd, Jr. of San Antonio is chief executive officer of Kairoi Residential, a multifamily investment, development and property management company. He is a transportation board member of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Policy Organization and board member of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for the Bank of San Antonio and the Bank of Austin, and is former vice chairman for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Lynd received a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University.

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Governor Abbott Announces New Sterling Lumber Company Facility In Lufkin

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:02
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Sterling Lumber Company, LLC., will be opening a new TerraLam® Cross-Laminated Timber mat manufacturing facility in Lufkin.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Sterling Lumber Company, LLC., will be opening a new TerraLam® Cross-Laminated Timber mat manufacturing facility in Lufkin. Sterling is a vertically integrated manufacturer that delivers high-performance ground protection mats and more than 300 industrial products worldwide. The new facility in Lufkin will create 150 new jobs and over $30 million in capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $825,000 has been extended to Sterling Lumber Company, LLC.

“A hardworking and family-run company like Sterling requires a workforce with the same values, and that is exactly what the Lufkin community will provide," said Governor Abbott. "I thank Sterling for their commitment to Texas and the people of Lufkin, and I look forward to building on this already successful partnership.”

“It is very exciting to announce a significant expansion of Sterling’s manufacturing capacity in Lufkin and the Lone Star State,” said Carter Sterling, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling. “I can’t think of a better place to continue our stated mission of supporting our colleagues, communities, customers, and company.”

“Angelina County and the City of Lufkin is honored to be the new location selected by Sterling for their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which will create 150 quality jobs in the area. This announcement acknowledges the team effort by Governor Greg Abbott, key state officials and local agencies including Angelina College, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and Texas Forest Country Partnership,” according to Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter.

“The City of Lufkin and Angelina County is experiencing encouraging economic growth and we expect that trend to continue as we clearly communicate the positive aspects of this region of Texas,” said Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown.

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal on 28 projects in 2015-2018 that committed over $849 million in new capital investments and more than 16,000 new direct jobs all across the state, from Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley and communities in between. The TEF also serves as a jobs multiplier, supporting thousands more indirect jobs at existing local and small businesses. The $70 million invested in job creation during Governor Abbott’s administration also helped close the deal on seven corporate headquarter relocations to Texas. Administered by the Economic Development and Tourism Division within the Office of the Governor, the Texas Enterprise Fund helps to strengthen the state’s already diverse and growing economy and attract new jobs to communities across the state.

Learn more about Sterling at www.SterlingSolutions.com

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Governor Abbott Appoints Toth To Third Court Of Appeals

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:07
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Michael “Mike” Toth to the Third Court of Appeals for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Michael “Mike” Toth to the Third Court of Appeals for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Michael “Mike” Toth of Austin is senior counsel at Dykema Cox Smith, LLC. Previously, he served as special counsel and senior counsel in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, New York State Bar, Federalist Society, and the Navy Marine Corps Business Network Austin Chapter. Additionally, he is a member of the Federalist Society Austin Chapter Steering Committee and the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network. He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, and continues to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. After his active duty service, he served as a law clerk at the federal trial and appellate levels, for the Hon. Ursula Ungaro and the Hon. Edith H. Jones. Toth received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University with highest honors and a Master of Arts in history and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.

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