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Governor Greg Abbott Attends Laredo Chamber Of Commerce Annual Gala

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott today joined local community and business leaders at the Laredo Chamber of Commerce annual 2018 gala in celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year.Governor Greg Abbott today joined local community and business leaders at the Laredo Chamber of Commerce annual 2018 gala in celebration of the community’s economic growth and success over the past year.

“The tremendous economic growth Texas has experienced is reflective of the hard work of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce bringing more jobs to this region,” said Governor Abbott. “One of the fastest-growing metro areas in Texas, Laredo is a key part of the Lone Star State’s success story, and working together, we will continue to create even more jobs.”

The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization representing businesses of all sizes and sectors in Laredo and the surrounding areas. The Chamber is structured to serve the needs of members by building a business-friendly environment and working to improve quality of life in the community.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Man who lost home in California wildfire rescues mule found in swimming pool

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Courtesy Jeff Hill (BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.) — A Northern California man who lost his home to the Camp Fire helped rescue a mule he found stuck in a swimming pool, surrounded by the remnants of homes that burned down in the blaze.

Jeff Hill, 29, told ABC News that he returned to Butte County, the community where wildfires destroyed more than 7,000 structures, on Sunday to check on a friend’s father who had not evacuated. When he got there, he found that the home was one of the few spared by the Camp Fire.

“We expected to find the remains of his dad,” Hill said. “The house was still standing, and his dad made it out alive.”

As Hill and a friend walked up to the home, they noticed a mule pacing back and forth. They went over to the animal to see if it was OK and make sure it hadn’t been burned when they saw another mule lying in the pool in the backyard.

The mule, who was trapped in the pool cover, looked as if she had given up and “had the look of defeat in her eyes,” Hill said.

“There’s no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably and ultimately lost her fight,” he wrote on Facebook. “She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning.”

When Hill and his friend, fellow Butte County resident Geoff Shelden, cut the straps of the pool cover, the mule was so exhausted that she went under water. The two men then floated her to the shallow end of the pool so she could stand up, put a chain around her neck and walked her up the stairs, Hill said.

The mule shook off the water, stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” with her rescuers and appeared to thank them.

“She came up and put her head in between us, let us love on her a little bit as a thank you,” Hill said.

The mule then turned to walk away, but shot one last glance toward them.

“As she was walking away, she looked back at us one more time,” Hill said. “I felt it was reassurance, saying, ‘I’m OK,’ and ‘Thank you.'”

The Butte County community has rallied together in the wake of the devastation wrought by the Camp Fire, Hill said.

Hill’s childhood home in Paradise, California, was completely wiped out by the inferno. He had lived there a total of about 20 years, having moved back a couple of years ago after his parents renovated it.

The home’s central fireplace is the only structure still standing, before and after photos show.

Hill was at work at the Paradise Irrigation District on Thursday when the fire began.

“I saw the huge plume of smoke. We were all looking at it,” he said. “We were thinking, ‘Oh gosh. That’s really close to us.'”

Hill said the sky got “darker and darker” as the fire neared and smoke filled the sky. Once alerts detailing the rapid spread of the fire began going out, he rushed home to grab as many possessions as he could.

When he got home, he saw field behind his home was on fire. It took just 10 minutes for the embers to reach his yard, he said.

Hill, a father to two sons, ages 2 and 4, with another child on the way, grabbed many of his children’s mementos, his Rottweiler-Labrador retriever named Tara and got out.

“The only thing that was on my mind was kids,” he said. “Anything that I can grab kid-related, anything that could never be replaced.”

As Hill was driving away, he saw his front yard catch fire, he said.

Hill’s law enforcement friends told him later that his house was destroyed.

“The entire town of Paradise is virtually gone,” said Hill, who has lived there his whole life. “The infrastructure is completely lost.”

He said he felt “numb” when he returned to his home on Saturday to find nothing there.

“I wanted to cry,” he said. “There’s just so much going on and so much devastation that I just kind of stood there in silence and just kind of stared for a while.”

However, his entire family made it out safe, although they now have “nothing” in the aftermath of the fire, he said.

Hill, who is currently staying with his father in Chico, about 15 miles west of Paradise, has created a GoFundMe campaign called “Family home lost to Camp Fire.”

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Source:: National News

      

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Professional Land Surveying

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jay Canine, Coleen Johnson, and Michael McCloskey to the Texas State Board of Professional Land Surveying for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jay Canine, Coleen Johnson, and Michael McCloskey to the Texas State Board of Professional Land Surveying for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board establishes standards of conduct and ethics for surveyors registered or licensed in Texas and prescribes the minimum standards for professional surveying.

Jay Canine of Sugar Land is the vice president and operations manager for Landpoint, LLC and has been a licensed land surveyor for over thirty three years. He is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and previously volunteered with Junior Achievement USA and the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, he is currently a Commissioner on the City of Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission. Canine received a Bachelor of Science in land surveying from Purdue University.

Coleen Johnson of Leander has more than thirty years of experience in the surveying profession and is currently a Survey Manager for Halff Associates, Inc. She is a member and past president of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, past president of the Geographic & Land Information Society, Inc., member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and currently serves as the chair of the Item Writing Committee for the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. Johnson received an Associate’s of Applied Science in land surveying from Austin Community College.

Michael McCloskey of Round Rock is the director of sales with Cottonwood Lodging. He is a member of the Texas Comptroller’s Advisory Board, Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Williamson County Historical Commission. Previously, he served as chairman of the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission, secretary for the Sonterra Municipal Utilities District Board of directors, and board secretary for the Leander Chamber of Commerce. McCloskey received a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management from The University of Texas of Austin.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Governor Abbott Announces New Infosys Limited Expansion In Richardson

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Infosys Limited will be expanding its presence in Richardson, Texas bringing 500 new jobs and $12.3 million in capital investment to the area.Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Infosys Limited will be expanding its presence in Richardson, Texas bringing 500 new jobs and $12.3 million in capital investment to the area. Founded in 1981, Infosys Limited is a technology services and consulting firm providing software development and engineering services to corporations. Headquartered in Bengaluru, India, Infosys operates in 45 countries and has over 200,000 employees worldwide. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $3,075,000 has been extended to Infosys.

“Texas is a leader in the establishment of booming technology hubs because of innovative companies like Infosys,” said Governor Abbott. “Companies such as Infosys are choosing to invest in the Lone Star State because of our business-friendly practices and rich and diverse talent pool. Infosys’ expansion in the city of Richardson will create hundreds of good jobs for Texans, and I thank Infosys for their investment and look forward to building on our already strong partnership.”

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our presence in Texas—the latest phase of our continued investment in driving digital transformations for American businesses,” said Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys. “Digital is rapidly changing every industry, and our Hubs will allow us to co-locate, co-innovate and co-create alongside our clients.”

“Texas’ world-class educational institutions is key to Infosys’ workforce development efforts,” said Ravi Kumar, President, Infosys. “As we keep growing in Texas, our increased investment will improve our ability to deliver for our clients by helping to broaden the STEM talent pipeline here and providing training for the specialist skills that our clients need.”

“We are pleased to see Infosys establishing its new technology and innovation hub in Richardson,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “Infosys will benefit tremendously from the Telecom Corridor® area’s access to leading corporations across a variety of sectors, a deep pool of experienced tech talent and strong academic partners preparing the professionals of tomorrow. We are grateful to our community for helping us build a well-deserved global reputation as a leader in digital innovation, and we are also deeply appreciative of the State’s support in bringing this project to fruition.”

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal on 29 projects in 2015-2018 that committed over $853 million in new capital investments and more than 16,500 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.

about Infosys Limited.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Governor Abbott Appoints Sjolander To Coastal Water Authority Board Of Directors

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jon “Mark” Sjolander to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on April 1, 2020.Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jon “Mark” Sjolander to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on April 1, 2020. The authority is a conservation and reclamation district located within Harris, Chambers, and Liberty Counties, and has the power to transport and deliver water inside and outside the authority, to acquire and construct all necessary properties and facilities necessary for such purposes.

Jon “Mark” Sjolander of Dayton is the owner and president of Sjolander Resources and Development. He is a director on the Liberty County Central Appraisal District Board of Directors, vice-president of the Liberty County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, president of the Dayton All Sports Booster Club, and member of the Trinity Valley CCA Board of Directors. Sjolander received a Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

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