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Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Abbott taps A&M Chancellor to head Harvey rebuilding effort

Abbott taps A&M Chancellor to head Harvey rebuilding effort

Sharp, 67, who has served as the A&M chancellor since 2011, said his commission will serve as "a one-stop shop for access to state and federal resources", with personnel located in each of the 58 counties covered by disaster declarations.

Today, Governor Greg Abbott and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp met with local officials. Funding for the commission comes from each agency that is involved with the task force, Abbott said.

"If we can do as good a job as average Texans helping their neighbors, we will be a role model for the country", Sharp said.

Sharp will expedite the response and ensure that local leaders get what they need.

Governor Abbott has estimated the damage caused by Harvey could exceed a hundred and fifty billion dollars. Rick Perry appointed Sharp to head the Texas Tax Reform Commission.

Sharp is not expected to have to leave his job at A&M for the new position. The federal government is picking up the tab for much of the recovery effort, at least within the first 30 days, when the costs for mosquito spray and debris removal will be covered by Washington in full. Four years later, he was elected state comptroller and was seen as a fast-rising star in the party that had long dominated Texas politics.

Sharp grew up not far from Victoria, near where Harvey initially made landfall.

In announcing the Rebuild Texas initiative, Abbott also said that a transition housing plan for the Houston area is being put together to allow evacuees whose homes were destroyed to soon transition from shelters and into more stable living accommodations - including hotels and apartments.

Abbott was scheduled to visit Corpus Christi and Richmond later today to meet with local officials about the Harvey recovery.

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