Texas Governor Greg Abbott was in Odessa Thursday (January 28, 2021) for a roundtable discussion on the state's economy and the oil and gas industry.

According to NewsWest 9, the governor heard form people within the industry on how the state can continue to support oil and gas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While he was doing the press conference, he signed executive orders to help protect the oil and gas industry.

The governor also mentioned road infrastructure to keep drivers safe as well as those working in the oil and gas industry to get to the fields and refineries.

Abbott also discussed his hope for current regulations altered for the pandemic like telehealth conferences between doctor and patient and alcohol to go to be adopted permanently in Texas.

Statewide broadband access was also discussed since it was lacking when schools went online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All of these and other issues are things that Gov. Abbott wants to see going forward statewide and industry wide to help keep the state's economy up and running throughout 2021.

Getting those issues and other issues addressed and completed going forward will help us to stay a leader in the country and get Texans that are out of work beck to work.

We are all hoping that 2021 becomes a better year than 2020 left us with.

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