Office of the Governor Rick Perry

In Case You Missed It: Texas Ranked Top State to Do Business by Area Development Magazine

Thursday, October 18, 2012  •  Austin, Texas   •  Press Release

Texas' pro-business approach continues to receive national recognition, and Area Development Magazine is the latest organization to take notice by naming Texas the top state to do business in their third annual "Top States for Doing Business Survey." The award is given to the state that most exemplifies industrial competitiveness related to its business environment, labor climate, infrastructure and global access and economy.

"I am very proud of the work state leaders have accomplished to make Texas the best place in the nation to live, work, raise a family and start a business," Gov. Perry said. "As a state, we will remain committed to upholding the pillars to our success, including low taxes, restrained spending, reasonable regulations and a fair legal system, all of which have made Texas the best state in the nation to live, work, raise a family and start a business."

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The substantial efforts taken to create our state's business and jobs-friendly climate have made Texas one of the nation's top job creators, generating more than 550,000 new jobs between July 2009 and July 2012. Over the last decade, Texas has generated nearly 1.4 million new jobs - more than three times the number of any other state - kept unemployment below the national average, and has seen growth in a wide variety of job sectors like energy, information technology and biotechnology, making it a nationally recognized economic leader.

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Area Development Magazine is a leading bi-monthly publication covering site selection and facility planning based in Westbury, New York.

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