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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Joins Rebuild Texas Fund For Hurricane Harvey Anniversary Tour

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 17:11
First Lady Cecilia Abbott today joined Susan Dell of the Rebuild Texas Fund and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation on a visit to communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today joined Susan Dell of the Rebuild Texas Fund and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation on a visit to communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey. As the storm’s one year anniversary approaches, the First Lady met with Texans whose homes, schools and businesses were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and received funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund for rebuilding efforts.

"Hurricane Harvey left behind unimaginable destruction," said First Lady Abbott. "But over the course of the past year, we have seen that nothing is more powerful that Texans helping Texans. From first responders, to Texans with fishing boats, NFL players, musicians, business leaders, and generous Texans like Susan and Michael Dell, never before have we seen so many Texans making a difference."

The First Lady first visited Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in League City, where she was joined by DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, Senator Larry Taylor, and others. Devereux received funding from the Texas Center for Child and Family Services, which received a grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund. She then joined Mrs. Dell in visiting

the Ali family residence in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston whose home was repaired and furnished with the help of funding from BuildAid Houston. They then traveled to Wharton and visited Wharton Elementary School to help unveil a Rigamajig Imagination Playground from KaBOOM!, Wharton Junior High School to tour a MdBio Mobile Science Lab, and Just Do It Now, a community youth center.

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Governor Abbott Hosts Second Education Roundtable At Solar Preparatory School For Girls

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 14:45
Governor Greg Abbott today visited Dallas, Texas, where he hosted his second roundtable discussion focused on improving education across the state.

Governor Greg Abbott today visited Dallas, Texas, where he hosted his second roundtable discussion focused on improving education across the state. During the roundtable, the Governor and local elected officials heard from educators and administrators at the Solar Preparatory School for Girls on potential solutions for issues facing Texas schools.

“We can and we must do more to improve education in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Our goal is to set the course for the future of our students, and by working with teachers and administrators we can fulfill our joint obligation to ensure the next generation is more educated than the last. The ideas discussed today will help lawmakers in Austin develop better strategies that will lead to better results for education in Texas.”

Today’s event is the second of two education roundtables hosted by Governor Abbott. Yesterday, Governor Abbott visited Church Hill Middle School discussed the issues in New Braunfels, Texas, where he discussed issues including teacher pay, early education, special education, school finance and school safety.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Dorton To The Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:02
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Todd Dorton to the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on August 29, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Todd Dorton to the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on August 29, 2019. The committee reviews, for the Higher Education Coordinating Board, applications for approval and funding of family practice residency training programs and related support programs.

Todd Dorton of Waco is president and CEO of Ethos Risk Advisors, LLC. He is a member of the Waco Business League and the Ukrainian Economic Reform Committee. Dorton received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. 

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Governor Abbott Hosts Education Roundtable At Church Hill Middle School

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:28
Governor Greg Abbott today held an education roundtable in New Braunfels, Texas, aimed at developing ideas to improve education across the state.

Governor Greg Abbott today held an education roundtable in New Braunfels, Texas, aimed at developing ideas to improve education across the state. The roundtable, which took place at Church Hill Middle School, was held with educators, administrators and local elected officials, and allowed the Governor to discuss proposals designed to reform education in Texas by elevating the teaching profession and focusing on student outcomes. Teachers and education professionals also shared their ideas and best practices for how to improve education in Texas.

“The educators that participated in today’s roundtable did what they do best, they taught us what we need to know to improve our schools in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “As we approach this next legislative session, one of my top goals is to improve education by investing more in our teachers and students. I look forward to taking the examples and ideas provided by tremendous educators at Church Hill Middle school back to the Capitol to begin hammering out some very meaningful solutions."

Today’s event is the first of two education roundtables hosted by Governor Abbott. Tomorrow, he will speak with educators and administrators at Solar Preparatory School for Girls in Dallas, Texas.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Lindley To Texas Commission On Environmental Quality

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:44
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emily Lindley to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emily Lindley to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a term set to expire on August 31, 2023. The commission protects the state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development.

Emily Lindley of Austin most recently served as chief of staff for the Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator. She also has over 10 years of experience at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she served as the special assistant to the Deputy Executive Director. She is a member of the Austin Women’s Symphony League and the Baylor Women’s League of Austin. Additionally, she is a former volunteer for Meals on Wheels and former membership chair and former treasurer of Young Texans Against Cancer. Lindley received a Bachelor of Arts in social work from Baylor University and completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program at The University of Texas at Austin L.B.J. School of Public Affairs in 2016.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Announces 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Recipients

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:01
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 35th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, today announced the 2018 award recipients

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 35th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, today announced the 2018 award recipients. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, administered by OneStar Foundation, honors the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering. Through her Texanthropy Initiative, Mrs. Abbott has made promoting volunteerism and service to others her primary focus as First Lady of Texas.

“There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans,” Mrs. Abbott said. “Whether it is through everyday volunteering and giving, or by responding to the most disastrous storm in our state’s history, Texans can always be depended on to answer the call to help their neighbors. This year’s Governor’s Volunteer Award winners are an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to the standard Governor’s Volunteer Award categories, this year three new categories were added to honor Texas women who have been instrumental in furthering the three key priority areas of the Governor’s Commission for Women, which are advancing economic opportunities for Texas women, addressing the scourge of human and sex trafficking, and engaging Texas businesswomen in Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts.

Awardees will be honored in the Fall at an evening reception at the Texas Governor’s Mansion. The recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards are:

Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award – John Poston

John Poston’s passion to serve the special needs community began with the birth of his twins in 1995, one of which was born with Down syndrome. Out of John’s amazing commitment and relentless pursuit of opportunities and happiness for his children came The Rise School of Dallas, The TouchDown Club of Dallas, The Stallings Award, and Daymark Living. Through his many years of service, John has helped provide for the needs of hundreds of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas and beyond.

First Lady’s Rising Star Award – ZeeShawn Wani

17-year-old ZeeShawn Wani is an outstanding student at Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professionals in Houston, but what makes him even more exceptional is his heart for service. In 2015 he co-founded Student for Cause to help economically disadvantaged students by providing necessary uniforms, school supplies, and supporting their participation in extracurricular activities.  After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Student for Cause raised additional funds to provide for students in need.

Service To Veterans Award – MISSION UNITED 

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s MISSION UNITED Information and Referral program is a veteran peer-to-peer support model that was formed to help the military and veteran community achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. In collaboration with the Department of Family and Protective Services and 76 Bexar County agencies, MISSION UNITED navigators can identify a multitude of direct and wrap-around services, enabling city and state, for-profit and nonprofit, military and civilian agencies to put resources where they are most needed.

Partners In Education Award – Fidelity Investments

Through its employee volunteer program, Fidelity Cares, Fidelity Investments has been a powerful partner to school districts and nonprofit organizations in the DFW area. Whether it is teaching financial literacy in schools, partnering with local nonprofits to solve technology challenges, or mentoring youth through career and STEM initiatives at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, Fidelity Investments is making a real difference in the communities it serves.

Higher Education Community Impact Award – The University Of Texas At El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) embraces community engagement that calls for equitable, purposeful and reciprocal partnerships with community, where resources and knowledge are shared to advance the public good. Last academic year, UTEP integrated community engagement into 386 courses campus-wide, engaging more than 150 faculty members and nearly 8,000 students in academic-based service. This resulted in over 1.5 million hours of community engagement with 200 community partnerships.

Corporate Community Impact Award – TeamCITGO

TeamCITGO has a 30 year history of volunteerism and support in the communities it calls home, including Corpus Christi and Houston. After Hurricane Harvey made landfall, TeamCITGO mobilized teams to clean up communities and gather and distribute donations. Organizations that benefit from TeamCITGO’s investment of time and resources include Habitat for Humanity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Heart Association. TeamCITGO is a stellar example of how a corporation can truly make a difference beyond the bottom line.

Community Leadership Award – Individual – Marissa Vogel

When Marissa Vogel’s children were 4 and 6 years old, she searched for opportunities to get them involved in giving back. Unable to find opportunities that engaged children in meaningful service, in 2009 Marissa founded Little Helping Hands to engage youth of all ages in service. Now known as Generation SERVE, in the last nine years Marissa’s vision has helped over 34,000 youth and their families get involved in volunteering, contributing 78,500 volunteer hours to over 100 nonprofit organizations in Central Texas.

Community Leadership Award – Organization – Rust Street Ministries

In 1995, several San Angelo teens from Johnson Street Church of Christ traveled to Atlanta to serve the homeless and forgotten.  When they returned home, they realized that there was great need in their own community. Thus began Rust Street Ministries, a community outreach ministry providing basic needs and life skills for those in San Angelo and surrounding areas. Through the generous support of many community partners and 23 area churches, all of Rust Street Ministries’ services are provided at no cost.

Community Leadership Award – Innovation – Katy Bourgeois

Katy Bourgeois was on the original team that designed and launched The Travis County Collaborative for Children, and she continues to provide strategic guidance, coordination and support for over 35 organizations that make up the Collaborative. This trauma-informed community of support is focused on three primary goals: a healing, local family for every child in need, two or fewer placements for every child, and a positive, permanent placement within two years or less.

National Service Make A Difference Award – Senior Corps – Linda And Ron Aten

Linda and Ron Aten began volunteering in the Senior Corps RSVP program in Abilene in 2001 and have since accumulated over 11,000 hours of volunteer service. Together they have served through 36 different agencies; however, it is the AARP Tax Aide Program where their major volunteer service is focused. Ron has been a tax counselor since 2006 and Linda has served as the District Coordinator since 2011. In 2017, the Abilene District prepared over 1,500 tax returns at no cost and gave back to community residents over $460,000 in earned income credit and $223,584 in tax refunds.

National Service Make A Difference Award – VISTA – Sara Lamog

Sara Lamog was instrumental in making Tom Green County the second county in Texas to be certified as an ACT Work Ready Community.  Sara has served with the Work Ready Project for the City of San Angelo Development Corporation, a program designed to decrease unemployment and create a more prepared workforce. Under her leadership, the Work Ready team secured commitments from over 122 local employers to support and utilize the ACT Work ready skill assessments.

National Service Make A Difference Award – AmeriCorps – David Porter, IV

David Porter’s service with Breakthrough Central Texas – a nonprofit that aims to assist students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college – has resulted in the development of a partnership that will continue to serve Breakthrough students long after David’s AmeriCorps term of service ends. David partnered with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, which hosted a mini camp for Breakthrough’s first-generation rising high school juniors.

The Governor’s Commission For Women Human Trafficking Prevention Award – Toni McKinley

As a survivor of child trafficking, Toni McKinley incorporates her personal experiences into her knowledge as a licensed professional therapist to educate first responders and assist victims of trafficking through a trauma-informed, evidence based approach. Toni is active with many organizations and agencies that work to stop trafficking and rehabilitate girls who have been victimized, including The Refuge, Shared Hope International, Crowns of Hope, and Survivor Sisters Leadership Program.

The Governor’s Commission For Women Disaster Relief Assistance Award – Marie Flickinger

As the co-founder and publisher of the South Belt-Ellington Leader, Marie Flickinger ensured that her community received timely updates and knew where to find resources in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Marie worked with the Pasadena Independent School District and other community supporters to set up a temporary shelter at Dobie High School, which fed and housed 1,500 displaced Texans. Marie also coordinated supplies from the American Red Cross and helped manage more than 150 volunteers at the temporary shelter.

The Governor’s Commission For Women Texas Women Economic Empowerment Award – Roslyn Dawson Thompson

Roslyn Dawson Thompson is a lifelong philanthropist and advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. As the president and CEO of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Roslyn developed and executed a strategic plan that emphasized supporting female-led households to help them achieve economic security. Roslyn is also the chair of the board of the Women’s Funding Network and serves on the executive committee of Prosperity Together, an initiative of 27 public women’s foundations that have committed over $100 million to advance women’s economic security in the U.S. over the next five years.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Obamehinti To Texas Diabetes Council

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:42
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Feyi Obamehinti, Ed.D. to the Texas Diabetes Council for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Feyi Obamehinti, Ed.D. to the Texas Diabetes Council for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas and advises the Texas Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services to all people with diabetes and health professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education.

Feyi Obamehinti, Ed.D. of Keller is the managing director for Ravir LLC, an educational consulting and technical firm. She is a former educator and has volunteered as a mentor with Dallas ISD and her local community center. She currently serves as a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum, Women Impacting Public Policy Education Foundation, and National Small Business Association Leadership. Obamehinti received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of Texas at Arlington, Master of education in curriculum and instruction from Peru State College, and a Doctorate degree in education from Texas A&M University.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Nober And Prodan To The Texas Holocaust And Genocide Commission

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:03
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Roger Nober and Virginia Prodan to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for a terms set to expire on February 1, 202

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Roger Nober and Virginia Prodan to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for a terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The commission ensures that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as compile lists of volunteers, survivors, liberators, scholars, and members of the clergy for educational program opportunities. The commission also coordinates events around the state.

Roger Nober of Fort Worth is an executive vice president at BNSF Railway Company. He was previously appointed by President George W. Bush as the chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board. He is a member of the Jewish Federation of Tarrant County, The Warm Place of Tarrant County, American Association of Railroads Policy Committee, and the Northwestern University Transportation Center Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a former member of the Texas 2030 Commission and former board member of Cook Children’s Medical Center. Nober received a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Virginia Prodan of Dallas is an international human rights attorney, speaker, and author and works as an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. She was exiled from Romania in 1988 after Nicolae Ceausescu order her assassination. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Romanian Bar. Prodan received a Juris Doctor degree from Bucharest Law School in Romania and a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws, LLM International degree from Southern Methodist University Law School. 

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Governor Greg Abbott Orders Emergency Special Runoff Election For Texas State Senate District 19

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:33
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special runoff election in Texas State Senate District 19 to elect a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of former Senator Carlos Uresti.

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special runoff election in Texas State Senate District 19 to elect a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of former Senator Carlos Uresti. The emergency special runoff election will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 with early voting beginning September 10, 2018.

Texas State Senate District No. 19, consists of Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala counties and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties.

Read the Governor's full emergency special runoff election proclamation.

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Governor Greg Abbott Orders Emergency Special Runoff Election For Texas State Senate District 19

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:08
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation ordering an emergency special runoff election in Texas State Senate District 19 to elect a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of former Senator Carlos Uresti.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the resignation of Senator Carlos Uresti, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District No. 19, which consists of Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala counties and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties; and

WHEREAS, a special election to fill the vacancy in Senate District No. 19 was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and the results of that special election have been officially declared; and

WHEREAS, no candidate in the special election received a majority of the votes cast, as required by Section 203.003 of the Texas Election Code; and

WHEREAS, Section 2.021 of the Texas Election Code requires that a runoff election be held if no candidate receives the votes necessary to be elected; and

WHEREAS, Section 2.025(d) of the Texas Election Code provides that the runoff election must be held not earlier than the 70th day or later than the 77th day after the date the final canvass of the main election is completed; and

WHEREAS, the indictment and ultimate conviction of Senator Uresti for fraud and money laundering has left Senate District No. 19 without effective representation in the Texas Senate for over a year; and

WHEREAS, because the 86th Legislative Session is approaching, there are ongoing interim legislative committee hearings, and compliance with Section 2.025(d) of the Texas Election Code would continue to leave Senate District No. 19 without representation in the Texas Senate, it is imperative to fill this vacancy to ensure that Senate District No. 19 is fully represented as soon as possible; and

WHEREAS, Section 41.0011 of the Texas Election Code provides that the Governor may order an emergency election before the appropriate statutory date; and

WHEREAS, Section 3.003(a)(3) of the Texas Election Code requires the special runoff election to be ordered by proclamation of the Governor;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, do hereby order an emergency special runoff election to be held in Senate District No. 19 on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, for the purpose of electing a state senator for Senate District No. 19 to serve out the unexpired term of Senator Carlos Uresti.

Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, September 10, 2018, and shall end on Friday, September 14, 2018, in accordance with Subsections 85.001(b) and (c) of the Texas Election Code.

A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the County Judges of all counties contained within Senate District No. 19, and all appropriate writs shall be issued and all proper proceedings shall be followed to the end that said special runoff election may be held to fill the vacancy in Senate District No. 19 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto 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 11th day of August, 2018.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

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Governor Abbott Names Compean Chair Of Texas Funeral Service Commission

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:18
Governor Greg Abbott has named Greg Compean chair of the Texas Funeral Service Commission for a term set to expire on August 13, 2021. 

Governor Greg Abbott has named Greg Compean chair of the Texas Funeral Service Commission for a term set to expire on August 13, 2021.  The commission establishes standards to license funeral directors and embalmers, examines applicants and issues appropriate licenses, and regulates cemetery and crematory services.

Greg Compean of Richmond is a licensed funeral director and president and owner of Compean Funeral Home, Inc. He is a member of the Houston Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Hispanic Professional Organization, East End Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston, and the Knights of Columbus Council 2801, and is a director of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority. Compean received an associate Degree in business administration from Alvin Community College and is a graduate of the Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Mentesana To Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:17
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David J. Mentesana to the Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on January 31, 2020.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David J. Mentesana to the Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on January 31, 2020. The committee advises the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and makes recommendations on matters relating to the regulation of appraisal management companies. 

David J. Mentesana of Dallas is the vice president of Operations & Client Development at MyAMC. He is a certified general real estate appraiser and a licensed real estate broker. He holds a MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and was previously a member of the Industry Advisory Council of the Appraisal Foundation and the North Texas Board of the Appraisal Institute. Mentesana received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

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Governor Abbott Attends 19th Annual Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce Of Greater Houston Gala

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 21:38
Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) for their 19th annual gala.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) for their 19th annual gala. The event celebrated the IACCGH's 19 years of service for the Indo-American Business Community in Houston and dedication to facilitating commerce between Texas and India.
 
“The Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce continues to play a vital role in the economic success of not only Houston, but the entire state of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “For 19 years they have helped the small business community thrive in Houston and inspired the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, all while fostering stronger ties between Texas and India. Through our continued relationship with the Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce, the partnership between Texas and India will grow even stronger.”
 
In March, Governor Abbott led a nine-day business development mission in India. The visit included a number of meetings with business leaders, industry executives, and Indian government officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to help promote greater economic and trade relationships between India and Texas. Of all 50 states, Texas is the 2nd largest exporter of goods to India and the 4th largest importer of Indian goods.
 
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston was established in 1999, and serves as the voice of the Indo-American Business Community of Greater Houston. The IACCGH is a vehicle of economic empowerment for the local businesses, educating and enabling minority business owners to understand and benefit from programs targeted at small and medium enterprises.

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Governor Abbott Announces 2018 Outstanding Women In Texas Government Award Recipients

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:02
The State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women is proud to announce the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award recipients.

The State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women is proud to announce the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award recipients. This biennial award honors women in state service who are helping to shape the future of Texas by contributing their notable talents and skills. Candidates were nominated by their respective state agency heads in four categories, and an independent committee selected the women whose contributions best exemplified each category.

“To serve the people of Texas is a great honor; to do so working alongside these exceptional public servants is a privilege,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Day in and day out, their tireless service, stewardship and leadership are truly an inspiration. The First Lady and I are proud to celebrate these women for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their agencies, to their communities and to all the people of this great state.”

“While we can count the more than 210,000 women who serve in state government and higher education in Texas, the ways in which they positively impact Texans’ lives every day are immeasurable,” said Liza C. Willmore, chair of the State Agency Council. “On behalf of the state of Texas, we are proud to recognize these women leaders for their outstanding public service.”

The awardees will be honored at a luncheon on Sept. 5, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Austin, with special guest and keynote speaker Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott.

The 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Awards recipients are:

  • Outstanding Professional Development: Dr. Rachel Garcia, San Jacinto College
  • Outstanding Management: Karen Bondy, Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Outstanding Leadership: Dona Medlock, Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Outstanding Community Involvement: Kathleen Murphy, Department of Public Safety

In addition to offering professional development training to its members, the State Agency Council supports the Governor’s Commission for Women, which seeks to promote opportunities for Texas women through outreach, education, research and referral services. This year, Governor Abbott charged the Commission with developing a strategy and implementation plan to help make Texas the number one state for women-owned businesses, to help address the issue of human trafficking, and to help in rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

To attend the Outstanding Women in Texas Government Awards Luncheon, register online at https://2018owtg.eventbrite.com.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Real Estate Research Advisory Committee

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:42
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Troy Alley, Jr., Russell Cain, and JJ Clemence to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Troy Alley, Jr., Russell Cain, and JJ Clemence to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. The committee reviews and approves proposals submitted to the board of directors of the Texas A&M University System relating to staffing and general policies of the Real Estate Center. The committee decides the priority ranking of research studies the center conducts.

Troy Alley, Jr. of DeSoto is executive vice president of Con-Real Support Group, LP and division president of Real Estate & Capital Assets. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute and holds a MAI designation. He is also a member of Southern Methodist University Advisory Board, University of Arkansas Engineering Advisory Council, and The University of Texas at Arlington Advisory Board and is co-founder of Alley Scholars Annual Scholarship Program. Additionally, he is an usher at St. Elizabeth’s Church and a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of Arlington and Mission Arlington. Alley received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Business Administration in real estate from South Methodist University, and a certificate in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Russell Cain of Port Lavaca is a broker and owner of Russell Cain Real Estate. He is a member of the Texas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and the Port Lavaca Rotary Club. He is a director of the American Cancer Society and LaSalle Water District and a lifetime director of the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch. Additionally, he is a director and past president of the Port Lavaca Main Street Association and director, trustee, and past chairman of the Memorial Medical Center Hospital Board. Cain received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&I University.

JJ Clemence of Sugar Land is a pricing and fundamental specialist for Enbridge, and is a certified internal auditor. She is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors, treasurer of Enbridge Leadership Development, and a communication officer for the Enbridge Professional Multi-Culture Committee. Additionally, she is the public relations director for Fort Bend County Global Initiative, board member for the Fort Bend ISD Innovation Committee, and a member of the FBISD Bond Oversight Committee. Clemence received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Anhui University of Finance and Economics in China and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University in Kansas.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Jacobs To Sabine River Authority Board Of Directors

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:12
Governor Abbott has appointed Jeffrey D. “Jeff” Jacobs to the Sabine River Authority of Texas Board of Directors for term set to expire on July 6, 2019.

Governor Abbott has appointed Jeffrey D. “Jeff” Jacobs to the Sabine River Authority of Texas Board of Directors for term set to expire on July 6, 2019. The purpose of the Sabine River Authority is to conserve, store, control, preserve, utilize and distribute the storm and flood waters and the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries.

Jeffrey D. “Jeff” Jacobs of Kaufman is the owner and manager of Jacobs Farms. He is a board member on the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Ag Increment Advisory Board and the Rockwall County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Jacobs attended Eastfield College in Mesquite, where he studied drafting.

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Governor Abbott Announces “Damon Allen Act”

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:59
Governor Greg Abbott today unveiled the “Damon Allen Act,” a set of proposals to reform the bail system in Texas to protect law enforcement and enhance public safety.

Unveils Proposals To Reform Bail System In Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today unveiled the “Damon Allen Act,” a set of proposals to reform the bail system in Texas to protect law enforcement and enhance public safety. The proposals announced by the Governor are in honor of Texas State Trooper Damon Allen, who was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving Day, 2017. During today's announcement, the Governor was joined by the Allen family as well as members of the Texas legislature and Texas Department of Public Safety.

“With the Damon Allen Act, Texas will take meaningful steps to reform our bail system so that we can better protect innocent life, keep violent criminals off our streets and prevent tragedies like the death of Damon Allen,” said Governor Abbott. “It’s time for action, and I urge the legislature to take up the Damon Allen Act in the upcoming session. I thank Kasey Allen for her tireless work on this effort and the entire Allen family for their inspiring strength in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

This past Thanksgiving, Officer Allen was ambushed, shot and killed in Freestone County following a traffic stop. His accused murderer had previously been convicted of assaulting a sheriff’s deputy, and had recently been arrested on charges that included evading arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant. Despite his criminal record he was released on bond because The Justice of the Peace in his case was unaware of his prior convictions. The Governor’s new proposals to reform Texas’ bail system aim to help prevent tragedies like the death of Trooper Allen.

The Damon Allen Act is designed to increase public safety and the personal safety of law enforcement, promote consistency across the state, and uphold the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes.

Specific proposals included in the Damon Allen Act are outlined below.

Put Public Safety First:

The practice of bail and the issuance of a bond is regulated by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 17. These rules limit the discretion that a judge may use in ensuring the safety of the community. The rules setting bail should be modified to emphasize the safety of the community, require a magistrate consider the criminal history of a defendant, and allow a magistrate to consider all other relevant information, including impact on law enforcement.

Increase Magistrate Qualification:

The amount of bail required may be set by any magistrate. In addition to a determination of the danger posed to the community by a defendant’s release, a magistrate must consider technical issues of mental health, and family violence. For cases involving felony offenses, or misdemeanors involving sexual offenses and assault, these determinations should be done by District Court judges and their associate judges.

Increase Magistrate Information:

It is critical that judges have ready access to relevant information in order to set bail. The creation of a uniform Court Management System through the Office of Courts Administration can close critical information gaps, especially in counties with a population under 20,000. This system will ensure that magistrates have a full picture of a defendant’s criminal history and mental health involvements, and alert them to protective orders.

Protect Communities from Repeat Offenders:

When a defendant is being supervised for prior criminal conduct, whether through parole, probation, or bond, additional steps should be taken prior to admitting them to bail. Once a magistrate determines that a defendant is being supervised by another agency, that agency should be notified. These notifications can be expedited through the case management system that links magistrates with the appropriate agency.

Categories: State - TX (Texas)

Governor Greg Abbott extendeds the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:20
Governor Greg Abbott today 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 Sealof State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 7th day of August, 2018.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

View a PDF of the proclamation

Categories: State - TX (Texas)

Governor Abbott Appoints Four To Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:18
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Abraham Mathew to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Amanda Burnett and Sheila Haley, Ph.D. and reappointed Dennis Myers, Ph.D. for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Abraham Mathew to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Amanda Burnett and Sheila Haley, Ph.D. and reappointed Dennis Myers, Ph.D. for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The committee provides the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services with recommendations for licensure sanctions and rule changes for the Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Program.

Abraham Mathew of Pasadena is an administrator at MRC The Crossings, a senior living facility, where he oversees the operations of the nursing and assisted living facility. Additionally, he has served as the administrator of several nursing facilities throughout Illinois and Texas, and is a state licensed real estate agent. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and LeadingAge Texas, and currently serves as a Sunday school secretary at his church and is a member and organizer of a soccer league in Houston. Mathew received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Social Work from Bharathidasan University and a Master of Arts in English literature from Annamalai University. Mathew is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration in health care management and leadership at California Intercontinental University.

Amanda Burnett of Bastrop is a division president at Senior Care Centers, a skilled nursing provider, where she oversees the operational growth of 47 facilities throughout Texas. She has served as vice president and administrator for multiple nursing facilities across Texas. Additionally, she serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Texas Healthcare Association. Burnett received a Bachelor of Science in health professions and business administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Sheila Haley, Ph.D. of Lantana is an assistant clinical professor for the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University. Her primary areas of teaching include community health, aging, and palliative care. She previously served as a nursing instructor at a community college and as the chief financial officer and nursing manager for a doctor’s office. She is a member of the National Black Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Denton County Friends of the Family Organization and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. Haley received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chicago State University, Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Hampton University.

Dennis Myers, Ph.D. of Waco holds the Danny and Lenn Prince Endowed Chair for Residential Care of Older Adults in the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. His research is centered on career resilience for senior living administrators and social workers. In addition to research and teaching, he serves as regional board secretary of Ascension Senior Living Services and as vice president at Stilwell Retirement Center. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Social Work. Myers received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baylor University and a Master of Science in social work and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.

Categories: State - TX (Texas)

Governor Abbott Names Hughs Chair Of Texas Workforce Commission

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:01
Governor Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs chair of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Governor Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs chair of the Texas Workforce Commission. The commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas.

Ruth Ruggero Hughs of Austin has served as the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission since July 2015. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the New Jersey State Bar. Hughs is chair of the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs. Hughs received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Camden School of Law, and she earned a certificate in Leader Development at the U.S. Army War College’s National Security Seminar in 2018.

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