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Volunteer Leadership Summit Details.

This Saturday, June 20th from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Texans for Rick Perry is holding an important Volunteer Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas.

AT&T Conference Center
Grand Ballroom
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

During this informative and engaging summit, Governor Perry will discuss his vision for Texas and introduce presentations from members of the Perry campaign staff on organization, fundraising, social media, polling, and grassroots. Gov. Perry's volunteers will leave the summit better prepared to help Governor Perry win in 2010 and keep Texas the strongest state in America.

The Governor and those of us at Texans for Rick Perry are all excited to take the Governor's successful online social media efforts offline. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you are bringing family members, coworkers, or neighbors, be sure to sign them up as soon as possible.

Click here to visit the registration page for this important event. Please bring a laptop to the summit if you have one. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

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@GovernorPerry's 10,000th Twitter Follower.

Governor Rick Perry's Twitter
On Tuesday night, Jane E. Scott (@JaneEScott) became Governor Perry's 10,000th follower on Twitter, an important marker along the path to a vibrant online community of friends, supporters, and other like-minded individuals.

I decided to find out a little bit about Jane, because number 10K was an exciting milestone for us here at the Perry campaign. It turns out Jane uses Twitter the way many successful professionals like herself use it.

She told me:

I use Twitter to keep up with the people whose actions might affect my business, like Governor Perry. As CEO and owner of cPubs, an Austin-based small business, I spend my days with our clients and employees. Finding time to sort through the news on a regular basis can be difficult. The format of Twitter – a lot of information in small bites delivered in real-time throughout the day – makes it easier for me to stay current.

Governor Perry caught on to twitter early this year for similar reasons. Because twitter is accessible to busy people on the go via their blackberries and iPhones, and the Governor is obviously on the go almost all the time, he became a "Tweethead" (as he says) almost overnight. Since joining twitter earlier this year, @GovernorPerry has published everything from a shout-out to the Texas Federation of Republican Women for their work on Voter I.D. legislation to photos of the black lab Belle and her new puppies.

Jane told me that it was a Tweet from the Governor about a small business tax cut that caught her eye:

When Governor Perry mentioned in a tweet that he’s signing legislation that gives tax cuts to 40,000 small business owners, I knew I had information worth further research.

So who is Jane supporting in 2010? Like many people, she has a lot of time to make up her mind, but writing from the perspective of a certified resident of Perryland, I obviously hope it's Governor Perry.

Here's what Jane said about her likely choice for Governor in 2010:

Learning more about the elected officials I follow on Twitter also helps me decide how to vote in the next election....

I’m leaning toward supporting Governor Perry because of his pro-business track record and the excellent job he’s done with economic development in Texas.

Jane and others are using twitter as a news source, as a social networking resource, and as a way to express their 1st Amendment rights. If you're not yet on twitter, it is easy to sign up. Go to www.Twitter.com and click on the green "Get Started- Join!" button. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account and get started.

Once you're on, be sure to follow @GovernorPerry, and he'll follow you back. Perhaps you can help Governor Perry go from 10,000 to 15,000 followers!

Our campaign staff twitter account, @GovPerry2010, and the Perry campaign interns' account, @Interns4Perry are growing as well, but 10,000 means that the Governor is beginning to reach a critical mass of people that see his ideas without the traditional media or even layers of staff filtering him.

While some view this new level of transparency as dangerous or frightening, I personally think it is refreshing to see the kind of candor Governor Perry displays via his tweets. To me, it demonstrates that Rick Perry is utilizing technology to fundamentally change the way the Governor of Texas and Texas' citizens interact.

It lets voters learn more about their options, so they can make an informed decision when they enter the polling booth. My view is that some people have a perception of Governor Perry that is based far too much on rough-and-tumble negative ads from past campaigns, and not enough on the real Rick Perry. When apolitical or ambivalent folks meet the real Rick Perry and hear from him directly on the issues, they tend to gravitate his way.

While only a tiny fraction of the Governor's daily activities and thoughts show up on twitter, it is still an important window into not only Rick Perry the Governor, but Rick Perry the husband/father/son, Rick Perry the veteran, Rick Perry the history buff, Rick Perry the runner/hunter/cyclist/dog owner/Torchy's Tacos lover, and Rick Perry the baseball fan, etc.

You can follow the Governor's tweets and connect with Governor Rick Perry on his Facebook page.

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Governor Perry and staff look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

This Saturday, June 20th from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Texans for Rick Perry is holding an important Volunteer Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas.

AT&T Conference Center
Grand Ballroom
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

During this informative and engaging summit, Governor Perry will discuss his vision for Texas and introduce presentations from members of the Perry campaign staff on organization, fundraising, social media, polling, and grassroots. Gov. Perry's volunteers will leave the summit better prepared to help Governor Perry win in 2010 and keep Texas the strongest state in America.

The Governor and those of us at Texans for Rick Perry are all excited to take the Governor's successful online social media efforts offline. We look forward to seeing you there.

RSVPs are required, and space is limited, so sign up today to secure your spot.

Click here to visit the registration page for this important event. Please bring a laptop to the summit if you have one. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

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Texas, Our Texas: "Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test."

If you attended a Texas grade school, you probably know the words to Texas, Our Texas. The second stanza says it best:

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,

Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,

Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,

With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo

Looking at trends in recent years, the word is getting out: Texas is clearly sending out its radiance to nations near and far. It's no mystery why so many people from other parts of the country are packing up and moving to Texas every single day.

Earlier this month, Directorship's Boardroom Intelligence named Texas the #1 state in the nation for business. In recent weeks, Forbes magazine ranked several Texas cities among the top places in the country for jobs, while respected economic forecasters note that Texas will lead the nation out of the recession. Last in, first out.

The Houston Chronicle noted that Texas cities make up five of the six best economies in America. Their story is based on a detailed analysis Brookings Institute of the economy in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. All six in Texas (Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Austin-Round Rock, San Antonio, Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, and El Paso) are among the strongest 20 metro areas in the nation.

To keep that Texas momentum rolling, Governor Perry was in Houston on Tuesday to sign a tax cut for more than 40,000 Texas small businesses. Before leaving the Bayou City, the Governor stopped in the radio studio with Senator Dan Patrick to chat about the 81st legislative session, Texas' economic situation, and a number of other important issues in an extended interview.

Listen to the Governor Perry's entire 20+ minute radio entire interview with Patrick below:

During the interview, Governor Perry snapped a photo of Senator Patrick and posted it on Twitter.com/GovernorPerry. Follow @GovernorPerry on Twitter for frequent updates straight from Rick Perry himself.

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Texas cities rank well in U.S. recession report

June 16, 2009
Houston Chronicle
Jennifer Latson
Houston has so far weathered the recession better than most of the country’s major metropolitan areas, according to a report released today by the Brookings Institution, which found that Houston’s housing prices were the most resilient in the country. Despite a rising unemployment rate, Houston’s overall economy ranked fourth out of the country’s 100 biggest cities as of March, the report found, placing it just behind Austin and just before Dallas. Five of the six best-performing cities were in Texas, including San Antonio, which led the list based on factors including employment, wages, and housing prices. Researchers with the Brookings Institution ranked the economic strength of the country’s 100 biggest metropolitan areas, according to indicators including employment figures, average wages, housing prices, and the number of foreclosed homes. Top ten 1. San Antonio 2. Oklahoma City 3. Austin 4. Houston 5. Dallas 6. McAllen

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