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12 questions for KP George after his open letter to Disney extending invite to bring new resort to Texas

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HOUSTON – Fort Bend County Judge KP George sat down with KPRC 2 following the publishing of his open letter to Walt Disney inviting the industry giant to open a resort in the county. The letter comes amid Disney’s ongoing flap with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Watch highlights from George’s answers in the video above. Editor’s Note: These interview questions and answers have been edited for conciseness and clarity.

If I had to pay attention to all the responses to people write you know I wouldn’t be able to do my job. And you know, I’m sorry that they feel the way they feel. You know when I wrote the letter in 2019, February 14, to Amazon, people said the same thing. We have two fulfillment centers there, one is also in Fort Bend County right now and so, if they feel that way, you know, God bless them. Thank God we live in the United States. They could express their opinion. You know, I have nothing else to talk to that person about their comment. And also, I want to be respectful to people but you know, they’re simply commenting to my story.

As the chief executive in Fort Bend County, my job is to make sure every opportunity come our way and we take advantage of it and we reach out to these companies and you know and request their attention to our region, our county and I don’t know there is anything wrong or there is anything bad about it. And I believe in my county. And we are back to green threat level when it comes to managing COVID. We are No. 1 and No. 2 most of the time when it comes to managing COVID. We are back to normal almost. And we have numerous new companies started coming to our county. And you know, my job is to seek or reach out to these organizations and let them know our county is open for business and we have numerous advantages, highly skilled and educated workforce. We have phenomenal schools with the high graduation rates. …

I tell you this, Fort Bend County’s two-thirds of its population live in one-third of the land somewhat. We have large, large tracts of land available in the south side of the county, and as and when there is a conversation about a thing like this happening, and we will find that location somewhere. I don’t have a specific location just to specifically show with you because that conversation has to happen. And like I said, anything on the south side of the Brazos River, we have large, large tracts available in Fort Bend County.

We actually sent out to Twitter also and so we will – Like I said, every opportunity I always believe in – every opportunity come our way we will reach out to these organizations and we have numerous advantages. We continue to do that … and in some cases we succeed, some cases we don’t succeed. And that’s how we do work. And you know, Texas is a large, large state with a lot of absolute large tracts of land and we sent a letter to Tesla, but they decided to go to Austin and that’s still there in Texas and so I don’t know is there anything wrong in what we are doing. And I don’t see anything wrong with it.

No. Absolutely not. I see there is an opportunity and I am definitely looking at an opportunity to bring more economic development and more possible jobs and more opportunity to Texas. Texas is and also Fort Bend County. I have no comment about what the governor is doing in Tallahassee or what’s happening in Washington. This is not a response to what is going on there. I don’t control what is going on there.

No. Absolutely not. I see there is an opportunity and I am definitely looking at an opportunity to bring more economic development and more possible jobs and more opportunity to Texas. Texas is and also Fort Bend County. I have no comment about what the governor is doing in Tallahassee or what’s happening in Washington. This is not a response to what is going on there. I don’t control what is going on there.

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