Economic Development

The shale revolution: Texas’ export turnaround spreads to rest of U.S.

January 20, 2014
Dallas Morning News
Mitchell Schnurman
Rising exports are lifting the U.S. economy, and the feeling should be familiar. Texas has been riding an export wave for a decade.

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Why Texas Is Growing (and Illinois Isn’t)

January 17, 2014
National Review Online
Michael Barone
The Census Bureau’s holiday treat is its release of annual state-population estimates, to be digested slowly in the new year.

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Gov. Rick Perry to speak at World Economic Forum in Switzerland

January 17, 2014
Austin American Statesman
Jonathan Tilove
Gov. Rick Perry is heading to the Swiss Alps next week to participate for the first time in the World Economic Forum in Davos, joining a very select group of 2,500 invitees from nearly 100 counties, including over 40 heads of state or government.

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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in athenahealth Creating More Than 600 Jobs in Austin

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced athenahealth Inc. is expanding its Austin operations, creating 607 jobs and a projected capital investment of more than $13 million. The state is providing $5 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Texas Lures Companies from California

January 14, 2014
Turning Point USA
Matt Appleman
In February 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry launched a radio campaign blitz in California intended to lure businesses big and small to relocate to Texas. These thirty second advertisements emphasized “zero income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations and fair tax system.”

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Governor Perry: Texas Epicenter for Job Creation

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the November labor market statistics:

"What all these great unemployment statistics really add up to, our lowest unemployment rate in nearly five years, a declining unemployment rate for four consecutive months and more than a quarter-million jobs added since this time last year, is that Texas is creating jobs and opportunity. Whether it's the steadily dropping unemployment rate or recent estimates that Texas will have billions left on hand at the end of the current biennium, the news continues to demonstrate that the Texas way of low taxes and individual freedom works. We've been the national epicenter for all kinds of job creation for over a decade, and all indications are that won't change anytime soon."

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Send a Message to President Obama

President Obama is coming Texas to talk about jobs and the economy. Sign this welcome letter and send the president a handy checklist to take back to Washington.

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Rick Perry Welcomes Obama’s Texas Visit: ‘He’s Come to the Right Place’

May 6, 2013
National Review
Eliana Johnson
A spokeswoman for Texas governor Rick Perry, who has bitterly opposed much of the president’s domestic agenda, tells National Review that the governor welcomes the president’s visit. “If President Obama is serious about getting our nation’s economy working again, then he’s come to the right place,” says Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed. “Texas’ success didn’t happen by accident – it’s a result of policies put in place under Governor Perry’s leadership with a laser focus on making Texas a beacon of economic freedom.”

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Gov. Perry Attends Grand Opening of Caterpillar Manufacturing Facility

August 23, 2012
Gov. Rick Perry toured Caterpillar Inc.'s new hydraulic excavator manufacturing plant, which has been expanded thanks to a $1.175 million investment from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in 2010. Caterpillar has already created 225 new jobs and will generate $200 million in capital investment with the new facility, and plans to continue hiring in Victoria.

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