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Gov. Abbott in San Antonio for 'listening session' on Texas economy, construction industry

Governor Greg Abbott met with small business leaders and construction workers on how Texas can be more supportive in the wake of COVID-19.

SAN ANTONIO — Governor Greg Abbott held a listening session on the Texas economy and how the state can better support small businesses and workers.

Governor Abbott met with construction workers, small business leaders and advocates to discuss ways to grow the Texas economy, helps businesses and workers and "to ensure a more prosperous future for the state of Texas" in the wake of COVID-19.

"Despite the challenges our state has faced over the past year, Texas remains the economic engine of America," said Governor Abbott. "Texas businesses have gone above and beyond to operate safely, and it is crucial that we continue to foster an environment that allows them to succeed. I look forward to working with the Legislature on these important issues, and continuing these conversations with business leaders and workers across the state to build a more prosperous future for every Texan."

The listening session participants included:

Blaine Beckman - President, Associated General Contractors San Antonio

Chase Botkin - Superintendent, Myers Concrete

James Christi - Senior Superintendent, Stellar

Frank Fuentes - Chairman, Hispanic Contractors Association

Leo Gomez - President & CEO, Brooks

Tony Ortiz - Foreman, Faith Technologies

Patrick Richardson - Owner, Silo

Annie Spilman - Texas State Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Joshua Surface - Project Manager, J3 Company

David Weaver - Assistant Superintendent, Stellar

Mario Valdez - General Superintendent, J3 Company

Stanislas Vilgrain - Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cuisine Solutions