Letter from Rob Tully, venture executive, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures
March 21, 2017
To San Patricio County residents:
On Monday, the San Patricio County Commissioners voted to approve a county tax abatement, and now, the G-PISD school board has voted to approve a Section 313 tax abatement for the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project. I know these were not easy decisions to make. I am thankful for the deliberation, consideration and leadership of both the county commissioners and the school board as they endeavored to do what is best for the community.
Our GCGV team has conducted over 80 meetings to listen to residents and discuss the project. Many of those meetings were encouraging and supportive, while others were pretty tough to say the least. But all were beneficial as we came away each time with a better understanding and a greater appreciation for the thoughts and feelings of the community.
In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to listen to the community. We will continue to learn from those with whom we have the privilege to dialogue with – regardless of whether or not they support the project.
To those who have been supportive of our proposed plant, thank you! To those who are disappointed by the votes, I commit to continued conversations and hopefully better understanding of each other’s point of view. If we do choose the Gregory-Portland site as our location, I want to assure you that we will follow through with our Good Neighbor Commitments on health and safety, quality of life, education and workforce development, and being good environmental stewards. We want to work together with the community to uphold and advance those priorities.
As we wrap up the final components of our site selection study in the coming weeks, we hope to have a final site selection decision in the next 60 to 90 days. During this time, we will keep you informed of our progress. And we encourage you to reach out at our project office, through Facebook or through our website. I look forward to working together with all of you to achieve both a healthy future and a promising economic future for this community.
Rob Tully, Venture Executive
Gulf Coast Growth Ventures