Temple: Gov. Abbott speaks to hundreds at chamber event

Gov. Greg Abbott addressed 800 Central Texans Tuesday at the Temple Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business event. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Gov. Greg Abbott was the keynote speaker at the Temple Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business event Tuesday.

About 800 guests filled the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, a record for the event.

Abbott spoke about the opportunity for new jobs across the state as well as in Temple, pointing to the $106 million distribution facility coming to town from East Penn Manufacturing Co. in the city's industrial park.

He also made note of the innovative medical businesses in Temple.

"This region is becoming both a state and a national leader in bio-science and bio-technology. When you look at Baylor Scott and White and Texas A&M Health Science Center coupled with the Temple Health and Bio-science District, you can see that Temple is evolving into a major regional hub for medical innovation," Abbott said.

Drayton McLane, of McLane Group, introduced Abbott to the audience, and the Governor, in return, spoke in lengths about McLane's successes, calling his opportunity to grow a multi-billion dollar enterprise in Central Texas, one that should be available to everyone in the state.

Abbott touched on construction on Interstate 35, and how it never seems to end, though he said its recent completion in Temple has been great for the city, and its continuous work speaks to the growth in the area.

Back in the 70's, Abbott said he often traveled I-35 from Duncanville to Austin, while attending University of Texas.

He remembered passing through Temple on the interstate when the population wasn't more than the 800 attending the event Tuesday, however, he says the city has grown to be an impressive power house.