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Governor Abbott Releases Video Resource For Active-Duty Military And Spouses Transferring To Texas
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released a video resource for active-duty military and their spouses to increase awareness of the services offered by the State of Texas to military members and families who are about to transfer or have transferred into the state. The Military Spouse video at https://youtu.be/XxThmP-TtgU provides information on employment, education, skills development and health services offered by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 01-13-2021
State Of Texas Establishes Alternate Care Site In Austin To Expand Hospital Capacity
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with Travis County, the City of Austin, and the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council, has established an Alternate Care Site in Austin to expand hospital capacity in the region. Opening today at the Austin Convention Center, the facility will provide central Texas with additional hospital beds, medical equipment, and medical personnel to assist with the region's COVID-19 response. The facility has a capacity of 25 beds and can expand to more beds if needed.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 01-12-2021
Governor Abbott Tours Arlington Mass Vaccination Site, Provides Update On COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts
Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Arlington where he provided an update on Texas' COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. Prior to the press conference, the Governor attended a briefing and toured the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Arlington Expo Center. The Governor was joined by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Assistant Chief Josh Roberts, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley, and Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay E. Berdan.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 01-11-2021
MyTXCareer.com Helps Texans Find Jobs, Return to Work
AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has launched MyTxCareer.com, a new online job search site designed to help Texans quickly register, search for, and apply for jobs available right now in Texas. There are currently more than 500,000 job postings available posted by more than 20,000 employers.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 01-11-2021
Governor Abbott, TDEM Establish COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Centers In Fort Worth, Irving
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has established two new COVID-19 therapeutic infusion centers in Fort Worth and Irving. The infusion centers will begin accepting patients on Monday and have been provided with Regeneron's monoclonal antibodies and bamlanivimab to treat outpatient cases of COVID-19 who meet certain criteria and who have a referral from a hospital or doctor.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 01-09-2021
Six Key Challenges for Texas to Overcome in 2021
This hard year is almost over. Now it’s time to look to our future and imagine what’s possible. Texas has six key challenges that we could overcome if our state leaders seek to tackle them.
By Margaret Spellings and A.J. Rodriguez Posted 01-06-2021
Governor Abbott Announces Additional Extension Of Community Based COVID-19 Testing Sites In Houston, Harris County
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has secured an extension of four Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) in Houston and Harris County through January 31, 2021 or until the sites reach maximum capacity of conducting 50,000 COVID-19 tests. The current round of CBTS testing began for both Harris County and the City of Houston in August.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 01-01-2021
Emergency Coronavirus Relief to Further Extend Unemployment Assistance to Texans
AUSTIN – The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidelines to assist the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in the implementation of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (CAA). Payments under this legislation are authorized for the payment week ending January 2, 2021. The act will provide up to 11 additional benefit weeks to Texans on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-31-2020
Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For January 2021
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $204 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of January as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will also see an additional 15 percent increase in their total benefits in January due to recently passed federal legislation.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 12-30-2020
Governor Abbott, DSHS Encourage Nursing Facilities To Take Advantage Of COVID-19 Treatments
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are alerting nursing facilities to the availability of monoclonal antibody therapies that can be used to treat residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 12-28-2020
TWC Approves Restaurant Recovery Initiative to Help Businesses Adapt to Pandemic
AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) this week approved an initiative to help restaurants in the Lone Star State respond to the pandemic through new strategies to open and operate safely in an era of social distancing. The Restaurant Recovery Initiative provides for a series of videos that will share best practices to assist employers in adapting jobs to remote and contactless operations and in taking advantage of new service delivery trends. Additionally, this initiative sets aside up to $500,000 for course instruction and testing for food handler permits and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) certifications.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-24-2020
Houston City Council Approves New Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tax Abatement Program and Updates Existing LEED Tax Abatement Program to Improve Houston's Climate Resilience and Sustainability
Mayor Sylvester Turner is proud to announce that Houston is taking the lead on a transformative program for building climate resilience. The new Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Tax Abatement program encourages the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in private development. The LEED tax abatement program was updated with the intent of having more private development take advantage of the existing incentive.
By Office of the Houston Mayor Posted 12-22-2020
Governor Abbott, FDA Commissioner, CDC Director Hold Call With Texas Hospitals To Discuss COVID-19 Therapeutics
Governor Greg Abbott today held a call with hospital CEOs and representatives across Texas to discuss the importance of COVID-19 therapeutic antibody treatments in the state's fight against COVID-19. The Governor was joined for the call by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 12-22-2020
Texas Capitol To Reopen January 4th
At a time when many state capitols, including the U.S. Capitol, are closed, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced today that the Texas Capitol will re-open on January 4th. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety protocols have been put in place to allow for the Capitol’s reopening while maintaining a safe environment for all visitors, lawmakers, and staff. Preparations to safely conduct business in the Texas House and Senate are ongoing, and each chamber will vote upon their respective rules and protocols at the start of the legislative session.
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 12-21-2020
Texas Workforce Commission Approves One-Time Innovative Grant Programs Using Funding from IKEA
AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) this week approved a series of innovative one-time and pilot programs funded through a generous donation of $4.9 million from IKEA. The programs will equip and enable individuals with information and tools to advance in their career though educational resources and programs including apprenticeship, online learning platforms, grants and real-time labor market and job information. Texas businesses will also be supported through industry data analytics, online training videos, and tools to help adapt jobs to remote and contactless operations.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-18-2020
Unemployment Rate, 8.1 Percent in November
AUSTIN - Texas’ private sector added 65,800 jobs over the month, and the Texas unemployment rate for November was 8.1 percent, up from 6.9 percent in October 2020.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-17-2020
Governor Abbott Welcomes Oracle Headquarters To Texas
“Oracle is a global technology giant with an already strong presence here in Texas, and we are proud to welcome its headquarters to Austin. While some states are driving away businesses with high taxes and heavy-handed regulations, we continue to see a tidal wave of companies like Oracle moving to Texas thanks to our friendly business climate, low taxes, and the best workforce in the nation. Most important of all, these companies are looking for a home where they have the freedom to grow their business and better serve their employees and customers, and when it comes to economic prosperity, there is no place like the Lone Star State.”
By Office of the Texas Governor Posted 12-16-2020
Reimbursing Employers Payment Deadlines for 2020 Extended to March 1, 2021
AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today extended payment deadlines for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020, to March 1, 2021, to match the 4th quarter 2020 bills for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-15-2020
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System Honored as Large Employer of the Year by Texas Workforce Commission
AUSTIN – Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System (DHR Health) – was named Large Employer of the Year at the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) 24rd Annual Texas Workforce Conference held virtually on December 9th. DHR Health was nominated by Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley and chosen as the Large Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 19 large private-sector employers nominated. All nominees were recognized for contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with their Texas Workforce Solutions partner.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-14-2020
Research Advanced Methods Incorporated Honored as Small Employer of the Year
AUSTIN – Research Advanced Methods Incorporated (RAM Inc.) was named Small Employer of the Year at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 24th Annual Texas Workforce Employer Awards held virtually this year on December 9th. RAM Inc. was nominated by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas and chosen as the Small Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 21 small employers nominated. All nominees were recognized for contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with their Texas Workforce Solutions partner.
By Texas Workforce Commission Posted 12-13-2020
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