“I applaud President Bush and Senator McCain for their call to lift the federal ban on offshore oil exploration to expand domestic production. This is a vital step at a critical moment in our nation’s history that will alleviate the ongoing strain Americans and Texans are enduring from ever increasing gasoline and energy prices.
“It is in our best interests for Congress to allow responsible exploration of our country’s domestic energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I join both the president and senator in petitioning Congress to lift this ban immediately.
AUSTIN– Gov. Rick Perry today honored the spring 2008 University Interscholastic League (UIL) state champions in athletics, academics and music.
“These students represent the remarkable talent of our state and embody the competitive spirit that has made Texas one of the greatest states in the nation,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m proud of these competitors’ accomplishments and their determination to achieve excellence in all they do.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today celebrated the grand opening of Advanced Micro Devices’ Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin. AMD employs close to 2,500 people in the Austin area and relocated its offices to be closer to its employee base. Gov. Perry also presented an Honorary Texan certificate to Craig Garcia, AMD’s director of global corporate services, who oversaw the building project from site selection to design and construction.
“Our state’s status in the global economy is built on the success of companies like AMD,” said Gov. Perry. “As a leading technology company and valuable corporate citizen, AMD demonstrates how a global Fortune 500 company can grow and prosper in our tech-friendly state. AMD’s longevity is testimony to its culture, vision and, most of all, its people.”
Award Lauds State for Excellence in Economic Development
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas has received Area Development magazine’s 2008 Gold Shovel Award for economic development and job creation. Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the state.
“Texas is honored to be recognized with the Gold Shovel Award as a tribute to the hard work of Texas lawmakers and business leaders to build and maintain our strong economy,” said Gov. Perry. “Our state’s reasonable regulatory environment, low tax burden and economic development incentives are powerful tools to attract the businesses and jobs that make our state one of the best places in the nation to live and work. Opening doors of opportunity and success to our citizens has been and always will be a priority in Texas.”
“Phil has been a trusted advisor and dear friend of mine and Anita’s for many years. He is a man of innovative thought and exceptional determination; attributes that have led him to success in both his professional and personal life. “I thank Phil for his service, and wish him and his family much success and happiness in the future. He will be hard to replace.”