Fort Bend County Judge KP George continues his campaign to bring electric car manufacturer Tesla to the county.
George pushed out a video on his social media channels featuring himself and military veterans who live in the county – including county fire marshal Mark Flathouse – each talking up Fort Bend County’s strengths, including its diversity, education and location, to order to be attractive to the fledging company.
“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,” George said in a press release. “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.”
George has been trying to woo Tesla CEO Elon Musk ever since Musk tweeted out his frustrations with trying to reopen his factory in Fremont, Calif., amid COVID-19 fears by Bay Area authorities.
Late Tuesday, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced via Twitter that the Tesla plant would be able to resume making vehicles this Monday, as long as worker safety precautions are followed.
“We will be working with the Fremont PD to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production,” the release said.
The Fremont plant employs 10,000 workers, while nearby Palo Alto is where Tesla’s headquarters are located.
If Musk is thinking about moving his operation to Texas, his company has a big problem selling his cars in the state.
Texas law prohibits direct automobile sales to consumers, meaning that cars must be purchased through a dealership. All Tesla cars are purchased directly from the company in other states, but not in Texas.
There are three Tesla stores in the Houston area, with a store near the Galleria as the nearest one to Fort Bend. Texas residents can buy a car direct from the company’s website, and it will be shipped from California and is considered an out-of-state purchase.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.