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Abbott Tags NE Texas Economic Development in SOTS Address

Gov. Greg Abbott gave his State of the State address in Austin this morning. He touted the lure of Texas to jobseekers and companies -- and the contributions of oil and technology to the state. But Abbott also talked about economic growth in some of the state’s more rural areas, including Northeast Texas.

"Our economic might is not limited to our large cities," Abbott said. "It touches smaller communities across the state. In places like Lufkin and Mt. Pleasant; in Temple and Paris."

Abbott said business expansions like this past fall’s groundbreaking of SpiralWeld Pipe in Paris are fueled by the Texas Enterprise Fund, which seeks to diversify the state’s business portfolio.

SpiralWeld is expected to create 60 to 100 new full-time jobs in Paris. The site is set to open in about one year. (Spring 2010)

The full text of Gov. Abbott’s 2019 State of the State address can be found here.

Video of the address is available, courtesy of the Texas Tribune, here.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.