“In a year that saw the state of Texas challenged by Hurricane Harvey — with its economic impact felt across the Coastal Bend region and beyond — it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Texas and the diversity of our economy to be named America’s Top State for Business by CNBC, the Best State for Startups by WalletHub, and again the Best State for Business by CEOs surveyed by Chief Executive magazine. Today, Texas leads all states in private-sector job creation, with over 346,300 private-sector jobs added over the last year. New business formation in Texas is at a five-year high, and jobs in Texas are now on pace for the strongest growth in four years. While recovery continues for our families, businesses and communities, it is because of the hardworking people of Texas that the future is so bright in the Lone Star State. ”

─ Governor Greg Abbott

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas


Individual Assistance

  • Current individual assistance numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center visit fema.gov/drc, or text DRC along with a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Survivors also can find help by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, logging into DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

As seen in “Special Report: Texas Coastal Comeback” from Texas Highways: Elena Rodriguez, curator of the Rockport Center of the Arts, stands #RockportStrong in the sculpture garden at the Center’s 130-year-old, Harvey-damaged and now-razed building. With its relocation to Navigation Circle and a $500,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Center is once again a must-see tourist destination with a full schedule of exhibitions underway. (Photo courtesy: Texas Highways)