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President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday, March 24, 2017, during the announcing of the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion pipeline, which will snake from Canada through the United States. Trump’s State Department said the project advances U.S. national interests, in a complete reversal of the conclusion President Barack Obama’s administration reached less than a year-and-a-half ago


“The momentum we’re building, based on this business model, has never been stronger,” the center’s Economic Development Authority Executive Director Lisa Clarke said in a statement. “We currently have 14 projects with a total value of more than $700 million under development or in the planning phases, and we’re receiving strong interest from real estate investors and developers from around the globe.”


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens at left, as Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s the latest corporate jobs announcement made at the White House that capitalized on plans made before Trump won the presidency. Other major companies including General Motors and Ford have allowed Trump to take credit for job decisions that either pre-date his election or involve market forces outside the administration’s direct control