Texas has cultivated a business climate second to none, earning honors from national news outlets like Forbes and MSNBC for economic strength and business-friendly policies. More importantly, Texas has been consistently attracting employers seeking a better place to start or expand their businesses.
The Lone Star State's combination of low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory structure and fair court system provides a stable base upon which to build the Texas economy, while the state's diverse and hard-working workforce is prepared to meet any need an employer can present.
At Gov. Perry's urging, the Legislature has established and consistently funded two additional tools to attract and create Texas jobs - the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) and Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). The TEF functions as a "deal closing" fund, enabling Texas to compete directly with incentives offered elsewhere in the country, its investments tied directly to job creation. Meanwhile, the ETF helps early-stage tech companies grow their ideas from the laboratory into the marketplace, in the process helping keep Texas at the forefront of new technologies.
» Gov. Perry signed legislation for Lawsuit Reform, with components of Loser Pays (HB 274), which strengthens the jobs-friendly climate here in Texas.
» Texas continues to buck the national unemployment trend, by adding 262,000 jobs from June 2009 to 2011. (USA Today)
» Texas moved past New York over the past decade to become the nation's second-largest economy. (USA Today - June 2011)
» Texas dominate’s Kiplinger’s Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living list in 2011. (Kiplinger)
» The Lone Star Jobs Surge: The Texas model added 37% of all net U.S. jobs since the recovery began. (Wall Street Journal - June 2011)
News & Announcements
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Releases New Radio Ads Ahead of Business Recruitment Trip
Ahead of his trip to New York, Gov. Rick Perry today released a radio ad that will play on nine stations in New York City and Albany, building on the TV ads airing on cable across Connecticut and New York this week.
Monday, June 10, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas is Calling, Your Opportunity Awaits
Gov. Rick Perry will take Texas’ economic success story to Connecticut and New York Sunday, June 16 through Thursday, June 20, to meet with business leaders in the firearm, pharmaceutical and financial industries.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Motorola Mobility’s Major Jobs Announcement in North Texas
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on Motorola Mobility's announcement that it will create 2,000 jobs at its new Texas manufacturing facility, which according to the company will produce the first smartphone that is designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry’s Remarks at the Governor's Small Business Forum 2013 Texas Global Business Summit
Monday, May 13, 2013 Austin, Texas Editorial
About Those Jobs, President Obama...
Like many families and employers, President Obama has heard about the Texas success story, where we free job creators to grow their businesses and give families and hardworking taxpayers unlimited opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money and a live a better life.