Petition: Secure the Border

If you are like Gov. Rick Perry, and you agree the federal government must take responsibility and secure our border, sign this petition.

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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The Best States for Business: Texas #1

June 1, 2009
Directorship
Joseph McCafferty
When Research in Motion, the maker of the popular Blackberry phones, wanted to build out its U.S. headquarters, it selected Irving, Texas for the site of a 100,000-square-foot facility it expects will soon employ 1,000 people. In January, communications equipment maker Setcom decided to pick up stakes and move from its longtime home in Mountainview, California to Austin, Texas. In 2007, Comerica left Detroit for Dallas. At the time, chairman and CEO Ralph Babb cited Texas’ economy, talented workforce, and central location as the reasons behind the move. These companies are finding out what corporate giants such as Dell, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, and EDS have long known: that when it comes to business, Texas is number one. <blockquote>What puts Texas first? It has a pro-business tax climate that ranks third, a low cost of living, a relatively solid economy, and a litigation environment that ranks 10th on our list. Texas also ranks first in the number of Fortune 500 companies located there.</blockquote> The Lone Star state tops our first annual Boardroom Guide to the Best States for Business. The guide is an outgrowth of our annual Litigation Guide, which assesses the litigation climate in each of the 50 states (Page 28). We decided to produce a more comprehensive resource for boards by adding data on the economy, tax climate, cost of living, education, and other measures to arrive at the ranking. What puts Texas first? It has a pro-business tax climate that ranks third, a low cost of living, a relatively solid economy, and a litigation environment that ranks 10th on our list. Texas also ranks first in the number of Fortune 500 companies located there. We used the Fortune rankings as one measure of attractiveness to large companies and an indication of strong infrastructure. Texas’ central location and time zone also make it an ideal hub, especially for companies with a national distribution or customer footprint. Recently, companies such as Toyota and Caterpillar have located portions of their business in Texas. “Our commitment to low taxes, predictable regulations, and a fair tort system are setting an example for the nation and creating a magnetic force for the businesses and jobs that are vital to maintaining Texas’ competitive advantage in the global marketplace,” says Texas Governor Rick Perry. “It’s not surprising that Texas does well in these types of rankings,” says Hartley Powell, national leader of the global location and expansion services practice at KPMG LLP. “They have been very successful over the years at broadening their base from energy into areas such as high tech and manufacturing.” Powell says Texas has a quality labor force and a good tax structure for business.

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Join Governor Perry this Saturday for an important leadership summit. RSVP TODAY!

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.

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 will be provided.

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