HelioVolt to create 160 high-wage jobs in Central Texas
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $1 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in HelioVolt Corp. of Austin for the construction of a 125,000 square foot manufacturing facility and development space to test and produce the company’s thin-film solar power cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. The deal will create nearly 160 jobs and $62 million in capital investment.
"Texas is the place to grow a business thanks to our mix of a reasonable regulatory environment, an educated workforce, and a variety of economic incentives that bolster our stature in the global marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "HelioVolt’s investment in this alternative energy technology will not only create more jobs in Texas but also help our state remain at the forefront of the renewable energy market. These advances will also help decrease our dependence on foreign energy sources."
Provides Opportunity and Incentive to Pursue Studies in Critical Fields
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the establishment of the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy for winners of the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Winners will receive full scholarships to attend the four and a half day-long residential academy, to be held at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) this summer.
"Science, math, engineering and technology represent the foundation for the majority of tomorrow’s high-demand, high-skill jobs," said Gov. Perry. "This new science and technology academy will allow students to further their studies in the critical fields of tomorrow, enabling Texas to remain competitive in a global marketplace."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry and His Highness the Aga Khan today participated in a display of unity and mutual respect at the State Capitol as the University of Texas at Austin and the Aga Khan University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The document establishes a partnership to solve shared challenges and achieve mutual goals.
"We can achieve so much more when we work together, focusing on the common values that unite us instead of the differences that make us unique," said Gov. Perry. "We must bridge the gap of understanding between East and West if we ever hope to experience a future of peace and prosperity."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today awarded more than $1.7 million to 19 regional councils of government to pursue local economic development initiatives and facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and planning. Grants are awarded through the State Planning Assistance Grant Program Fund and are distributed by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"The efficient use of public funds toward maintaining today’s roads, medical care facilities and businesses will produce prosperity for future generations of Texans and continue to make our state one of the best places in the nation to live," Perry said.
HARLINGEN – The Marine Military Academy (MMA) tonight honored Gov. Rick Perry with the Iwo Jima Award. A veteran of the armed forces and a longtime public servant, Gov. Perry is being honored for epitomizing leadership traits that were found during the battle of Iwo Jima.
“The Marine Military Academy is special to me because it represents a bastion of core values that is desperately needed in today’s world,” said Gov. Perry. “The unrelenting emphasis on honor, courage and commitment has propelled the academy to its prominence in the world of character formation and academic education.”
World-Class Research Talent Will Bolster Texas’ Role in Diverse Field of Nanophotonics
LUBBOCK – Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $2 million investment through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to Texas Tech University to recruit renowned experts in nanophotonics technology, establishing a world-class center in applied nanophotonics at the College of Engineering’s Nano Tech Center.
"The Emerging Technology Fund continues to enable us to draw the brightest minds in research and innovation to our state, spurring the commercialization of university research, and ultimately positioning Texas as a strong competitor in the global marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "Continued expansion of our research and development capabilities in critical fields, such as nanophotonics, will create more jobs and generate substantial capital investments, further diversifying and enriching our economy."
TIPS Project Further Bolsters Texas’ Position as a Global Leader in Bioscience and Technology
COLLEGE STATION – Gov. Rick Perry today participated in a groundbreaking for the Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) at Texas A&M University, which will train veterinarians, physicians, scientists, technicians and engineers to meet the growing needs of the biomedical industry. The institute will work with the public and private sector to accelerate the research, development and commercialization of breakthrough technologies.
"The establishment of this institution combines the brightest minds in university research with the entrepreneurial spirit of emerging technology companies, positioning Texas as a strong competitor in the global marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "Continued expansion of our research and development capabilities will create more jobs and generate substantial capital investments, further diversifying and enriching our economy."
Ibn Sina Medical Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Providing Care to Houston’s Neediest
HOUSTON — Speaking to an audience of medical professionals and community leaders at the Ibn Sina Community Medical Center, Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the importance of changing societal paradigms from hospital-based care to encouraging preventive care. The governor also touted the state’s efforts to decrease the number of uninsured Texans by creating a health insurance assistance program for those individuals who cannot afford it on their own.
"Together with philanthropic organizations like the Ibn Sina Foundation, Texas is making great strides to ensuring health coverage for those uninsured Texans who need help the most," said Gov. Perry.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $50,000 grant to Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc., to support a 24-hour family violence hotline, provide crisis counseling to victims of violence, and assist victims with basic needs and emergency shelter admittance in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. This grant is awarded under the federal S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and is distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"Family violence is an issue that we must address, because research shows that those who grow up in families where violence is a way of life are likely to become abusers themselves." said Gov. Perry. "It is important that we focus our limited resources on efforts to prevent family violence and to ensure that family violence victims have a path to safety and a support system to start a new life."
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $250,000 through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) in Halsa Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Houston for the development and pilot manufacturing of a therapeutic drug treatment for obesity. Up to $1 million total investment may be available to the company if it meets certain performance benchmarks.
"Obesity is a serious health epidemic affecting more than 10 million Texans," said Gov. Perry. "The development of effective obesity treatments, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, will not only save taxpayers billions in direct costs and lost productivity but will more importantly save lives."