County Judge KP George invites Disney to look at possibilities in Fort Bend County

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 5/4/22

Fort Bend County Judge KP George has invited Walt Disney Company officials to consider that county as a place to do business in light of an ongoing dispute between Disney and Florida officials over recently enacted laws in the Sunshine State.

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County Judge KP George invites Disney to look at possibilities in Fort Bend County

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Fort Bend County Judge KP George has invited Walt Disney Company officials to consider that county as a place to do business in light of an ongoing dispute between Disney and Florida officials over recently enacted laws in the Sunshine State.

“While you, your company, employees, and diverse fans face authoritarian, anti-business, and culture war attacks from extremists in Florida, we in Fort Bend are more than ready to welcome the Disney family with thousands of good paying jobs and billions of dollars of investments,” George wrote in an April 21 letter to Bob Chapek, Disney chairman. “In fact, major employees like employers like Amazon, Texas Instruments, Comcast, Gallery Furniture, and others have recently made massive investments in our community including thousands of good paying jobs with many more major employers on the way.”

Florida recently adopted a law, which critics have described as “Don’t Say Gay,” that prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law affects students in kindergarten through third grade in Florida public schools. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law in March.

But the new law has faced opposition from some companies, most notably Disney.

Chapek in March said that the company would stand by its LGBTQ+ employees. After the legislation became law, the company said its goal would be to repeal or strike down the new law.

Florida state officials, in turn, retaliated against the company. They eliminated a special purpose taxing district that enabled Disney to provide municipal services without additional red tape to its facilities within the district.

Whether those issues get resolved, and what steps, if any, Disney might take about possibly establishing some of its operations elsewhere, such as in Fort Bend County, remain to be seen.

Meanwhile, George hopes Disney might consider a new, Southeast Texas house for Mickey Mouse and friends.

“I invite you to visit Fort Bend County and see for yourself why our community is the best place for a new Walt Disney World Resort,” George wrote.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he would make it a priority for Texas to adopt measures similar to those in Florida when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Fort Bend County, Florida, Walt Disney Co. KP George

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