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Former San Angelo Mayor Appointed to Texas Transportation Commission


February 22, 2018

Alvin NewAlvin New of Christoval has been appointed to the Texas Transportation Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a news release.

The Commission is responsible for governing the Texas Department of Transportation and for policymaking regarding the state’s highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of public transportation and adopting rules for TxDOT’s operation, according to the release.

"I think it is a blessing," New said Tuesday of the appointment. 

Like local leaders San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter and Tom Green County Judge Steve Floyd, New said representing West Texas is important to the Concho Valley and to the state. 

"The ability to get food to the population centers and fuel to the population centers and fiber to the population centers means we need to have really good structure in our part of the state," New said. "And I will have a responsibility to try and communicate that."

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, who recently proposed legislation to have the designation of Interstate 14 expanded to include San Angelo, said having New on the commission is important because it decides where the state's transportation dollars are spent. 

Explaining larger population centers, like Houston and Dallas, will get the bulk of money each year, it is important to have someone, like New, who will, "defend rural Texas as his predecessor did," Conaway said.

New is replacing Tyron Lewis of Odessa.

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Texas: Governor Abbott Signs Transportation Agreement with Mexico; Announces Energy Task Force

September 8, 2015

Governor Greg Abbott today signed a transportation agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States to promote and increase bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects. Additionally, Governor Abbott and Mexico announced the creation of an energy task force to foster economic growth on both sides of the border by finding new and innovative energy solutions.

“The State of Texas recognizes the importance of its long term partnership with Mexico, which is why we must continue to expand our dialogue on issues such as border security, transportation and energy,” said Governor Abbott. “Today’s transformative agreement on transportation signifies Texas’ and Mexico’s intent to expand highway infrastructure, encourage economic development and facilitate bilateral trade on both sides of the border.

“I am also pleased to announce Texas and Mexico’s intent to establish an energy task force, which will foster discussions on energy reform as developments in the energy industry proliferate at home and across the border. Texas and Mexico meet at the center of North America's vast energy resources, and this task force will provide a unique opportunity to enrich economic growth and development for both sides.”

Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs highlighted that "such a deep and diverse relationship as the one Mexico and Texas share flourishes when there is communication and mutual understanding. Governor Abbott´s visit reflects the will to take that path."  Read on…


Ports-to-Plains Region Draws New Renewable Energy Manufacturing Facility in Amarillo, TX

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced that , the industrial wind division of Spanish-based Gonvarri Steel Industries, plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Amarillo, Texas. The plant, which will manufacture renewable wind energy components, is projected to create over 300 new jobs and $41 million in capital investment in the State of Texas.  A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $1.85 million has been extended to GRI.

The Amarillo EDC's proposal calls for conveying the 48 acre site to the company and providing a job creation incentive grant of $3.3 million or $10,000 per job created. The cash incentive will go toward the construction of rail to serve the facility and site improvements on the GRI property.

The proposed project is expected to employ, over time, approximately 300 people and will be sufficient in capacity to supply the US market with approximately 400 wind towers per year.

The facility is expected to be fully operational in late 2016, with the aim of providing wind towers to the US market and thereby contributing to the robust development of renewable energy in the country.

“As Governor, I am committed to making Texas the national leader in attracting foreign investment, and GRI’s decision to locate their latest manufacturing plant in the Lone Star State continues Texas’ streak of attracting job creators,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Texas competed with multiple states to become home to this facility, and I am proud of our efforts to close this deal and inject hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars into our economy.”

According to Javier Imaz, CEO of GRI, "With this new factory in the US market, GRI will utilize its experience and know-how as a leading global supplier of wind towers. We initially considered locations in several states as a part of our business strategy to serve the US wind industry. Our decision to select Amarillo included key factors such as the probusiness environment in the state of Texas, Amarillo’s favorable geographical location and good workforce as well as a package of state and local incentives”

“The Amarillo EDC is extremely excited to have secured this investment through a very rigorous site selection process with competition from New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas,” said John Kritser, Amarillo EDC Board Chairman. “GRI and its family of products supports the Amarillo EDC's mission to expand our local economy and provide sustainable employment to Amarillo citizens.”

Office of Governor Greg Abbott News Release

GRI Renewable Industries News Release