Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Announces Marketing Campaign to Bring More Jobs to Texas

State Also to Open Regional Economic Development Offices to Generate Business Opportunities

Tuesday, September 23, 2003  •  Press Release

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a new $5 million marketing campaign – Texas One – to continue the state’s recent string of successful job creation efforts. The state also will open regional economic development offices across Texas to support business expansion and recruitment efforts.

“This is the next step in our aggressive effort to bring jobs and prosperity to communities across Texas, including Texas towns along the border,” Perry said during a keynote address at the Governor’s Summit on Economic Development and Tourism. “New jobs mean more money for schools and health care needs, and new jobs mean more money recycled through our economy.”

The governor said the Texas One campaign will be funded through private donations and spearheaded by Massey Villareal, chair of the Governing Board of Texas Economic Development. It will assist public and private efforts to promote the state’s excellent business climate, skilled workforce, strong education system and convenient access to emerging markets.

“Texas is now poised to help lead America toward economic recovery,” Perry said. “The dark economic clouds that have loomed over this state are letting through a few rays of sunshine. Last month we added more jobs in Texas than any month since May of 2000. While California lost 30,000 jobs, Texas gained 28,500 jobs.”

The governor said new economic development offices in West Texas, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley will work with local leaders and companies of all sizes to create even more jobs and business opportunities in the state.

“A lot of folks talk about creating jobs when the economy slows,” Perry said. “But you can’t create jobs by passing the tax hikes that kill jobs. No government in the history of mankind has taxed and spent its way to greater prosperity.”

On Sept. 1, the state’s economic development functions were merged into the Governor’s Office. In addition, the 78th Texas Legislature created the Enterprise Fund at the request of Perry, who has made job creation a cornerstone of his administration. The $295 million fund allows the state to respond quickly and aggressively to opportunities to bring companies and jobs to Texas.

“By controlling spending and taxes, and by ending lawsuit abuse, we are showing the nation that Texas is wide open for business, prosperity and opportunity,” Perry said. “In Texas, we understand that jobs are not created by government, but the ingenuity of the private sector. And when the private sector prospers, Texas prospers.”

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