AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced Alan Kirchhoff of Austin has been promoted to director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). Kirchhoff replaces longtime Perry advisor and former TETF director Mark Ellison, who left the Governor’s Office to become associate vice chancellor of economic development for the Texas A&M University System beginning Oct. 1, 2008.
“Mark has been an indispensable asset to my office, and his leadership as director of the TETF has helped transform our state’s focus on commercialization of university research. He will be an incredible asset to Texas A&M as he continues to cast a vision for a brighter future for Texas,” Gov. Perry said. “Alan is an esteemed member of our team and has been a key part of the fund’s success, and I am confident he will continue to make Texas’ investment in commercialization and research the benchmark for the nation.”
Announces Gang Initiative, Asks Legislature to Continue Border Security Funding
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the Border Security Council’s report and asked the legislature to support continued border security funding to protect our state. Texas has taken unprecedented steps to secure its border with Mexico and is facing a growing threat: transnational gangs. They are infiltrating our communities and threatening the safety of our citizens.
“One of the most significant threats to our state’s security is the rise of ruthless and powerful transnational gangs,” said Gov. Perry. “Working with local law enforcement, we will bring unprecedented pressure to bear on the leadership structures of these gangs and grind them down – one tip at a time, one conspiracy conviction at a time, one gang at a time.”
DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today encouraged the continued support of research in cancer prevention and treatment at the groundbreaking of the Baylor Cancer Center.
“Baylor’s new facility will be an essential part of our statewide effort to eradicate this indiscriminate killer,” Gov. Perry said. “The brilliant ideas in cancer research developed at this center will move us closer to discovering a cure, bringing an end to cancer’s deadly role in our society.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $15.9 million National Emergency Grant (NEG), with $7,950,000 released initially, to fund 600 temporary jobs in 29 Texas counties impacted by Hurricane Ike.
“Thanks to our federal partners, this funding for temporary jobs will be invaluable to the Texans devastated in the wake of Hurricane Ike,” said Gov. Perry. “Through the Texas Workforce Commission, these funds will help hard working Texans continue to support their families as they begin rebuilding their homes and lives.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Steve Preston and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson to announce a rental assistance program for Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike. The program, created at Gov. Perry’s request, will help Texans find intermediate housing and provide temporary rental payments.
“Texans whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Ike are not alone as they face the task of rebuilding,” said Gov. Perry. “I am thankful that our partners at HUD and FEMA have responded quickly and effectively to our request for assistance for Texans in need.”