Gov. Perry on Economic Development in Texas

Texas has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to do business in the nation under Gov. Perry’s leadership.

  • Aggressive Job Creation. Since July 2003, Texas has created more than 1 million net new jobs. In 2008, more than half of the jobs created in the entire nation were created in Texas. In October and November of 2009, Texas gained 70,000 jobs while the nation as a whole lost 122,000 jobs. The Texas Enterprise Fund, the largest job creation fund of its kind in the nation, began under Perry in 2003 and is generating more than 55,000 new jobs and $15 billion in capital investment for Texas.
  • Record Property Tax Reductions. Gov. Perry championed $15.5 billion in property tax reductions, which resulted in a 33 percent decrease in school property tax rates for Texas homeowners and businesses.
  • Texas is Succeeding. Click here to see the dozens of accolades and awards Texas has received for its strong economy and friendly business climate.

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Gov. Perry Announces Two TEF Investments Creating 615 New Jobs in Austin

2/6/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced investments in Websense Inc. and Dropbox Inc. through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) that will create a total of 615 new jobs in Austin. Execution of the state's agreements with each company is contingent upon finalization of local incentive offers as required by program criteria.

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Texas continues to dominate in international trade

02/06/14
Houston Business Journal
Olivia Pulsinelli
Texas is the top exporting state for the 12th year in a row, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday, citing U.S. Census Bureau data.

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ICYMI: Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 12th Consecutive Year

02/06/14
AUSTIN – Texas has again been ranked the number one exporting state in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the 12th consecutive year Texas has held this position. The state’s export revenues for 2013 amounted to nearly $279.7 billion, up 5.4 percent from the previous year and outpacing U.S. export growth.

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Charles Schwab sending San Francisco jobs to Texas, elsewhere

02/04/14
Dallas Business Journal
Lance Murray
Charles Schwab will move a "significant number of San Francisco-based jobs" to Texas and other locations in the next three to five years, the company has told employees in San Francisco.

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Governor Perry: Keystone Pipeline is safest ever built

Governor Perry appeared on CNBC on Friday, Jan. 31, and this is video from his segment on the Kudlow Report

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Emerson Innovation Center opens in Round Rock

1/30/14
KVUE
Heather Kovar
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry and Dell CEO Michael Dell took part in the ribbon cutting for the Emerson Innovation Center - Process Systems and Solutions in Round Rock.

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Texas led national job growth in 2013

1/28/14
Dallas Morning News
Sheryl Jean
Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009. The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.

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Texas led national job growth in 2013

1/28/14
Dallas Morning News
Sheryl Jean
Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009. The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.

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ICYMI: Governor Perry on CNBC this morning talking about Obamacare, energy and creating jobs

Discussing health-care reform, innovation and America's energy future from Davos, Switzerland, with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. For the world to continue to grow, Saudi Arabia needs to be a major player, Perry says.

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