County Judge KP George, Fort Bend County veterans woo Elon Musk, Tesla – Chron

Updated 4:59 pm CDT, Thursday, May 14, 2020

While Tesla owner Elon Musk weighs his options on a potential move of his company headquarters, Fort Bend County is making it known the company could find a home in county.

Musk vented on Twitter on May 9 over his company’s inability to open its electric car manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif. Deemed a non-essential business, it was not expected to be allowed to reopen until at least June 1.

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“This is the final straw,” Musk tweeted. “Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be (depend) on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.”

On Monday, May 11, Musk reopened the plant in defiance of county health department orders. The Fremont facility boasts about 10,000 employees. The headquarters are currently in Palo Alto, Calif., which is also home to Hewlett-Packard, Space Systems/Loral, VMware, Skype and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, among others. Stanford University is adjacent to the area.

Meanwhile, various Texas areas are welcoming the opportunity to provide a home to Tesla, including Fort Bend County.

“Over 38,000 veterans call Fort Bend County home because we are one of the most welcoming and best communities to work in and call home,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP George. “From pioneers like Stephen F. Austin who started the state of Texas here to the engineers that work at NASA and call Fort Bend home, Tesla and Elon Musk would benefit from our strategic location, highly educated workforce, and a friendly business climate.”

In a video posted to the County Judge’s Facebook page (https://tinyurl.com/y8vl9mra), Fort Bend County veterans explain that “Tesla would find nothing but welcome — and a top-notch workforce ready to fire up the engines of both their cars and our economy.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in an interview with a CBS affiliate in Wichita Falls, said that he spoke with Musk on Tuesday.

“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to Elon Musk and he’s genuinely interested in Texas and genuinely frustrated with California,” Abbott said in the interview. “We’ve just got to wait and see how things play out.”

Musk’s company already has a footprint in Texas with SpaceX having a launch site near the village of Boca Chica. The company also produces solar batteries in Sparks, Nev. Colorado and Florida are also reaching out to Musk as a place to move his headquarters.

Leaders in Hidalgo County and the Dallas area are among those reaching out to Tesla.

Musk has made no formal plans to move his company’s headquarters.

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Source: https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/sugarland/news/article/County-Judge-KP-George-Fort-Bend-County-veterans-15270975.php

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