Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks At Cabela's - Fort Worth

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thursday, May 13, 2004  •  Speech

Thank you Mayor Moncrief.  I am delighted to join David Roehr , and the leadership of Fort Worth, in welcoming “the world’s foremost outfitter of hunting and fishing gear” to Texas, Cabelas.  It is good to also be with Councilman Jim Lane, and my good friend Ross Perot, Jr.

With two stores set to open in Texas, one in Fort Worth, and one just south of Austin in Buda, Cabelas is bringing 600 full-time jobs to Texas and tapping into a tremendous marketplace of outdoors aficionados, with an estimated 2.4 million anglers and 1.2 million hunters, including one rifle-toting governor.

The Cabelas expansion into Texas, their first in the South, will involve a total investment of more than $100 million.  That, along with the $75 million annual impact of a second, newly announced  NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway, is not only good news for the hunting, fishing and racing crowd, it’s great news for the Fort Worth economy.

The Cabelas expansion to Texas involves a strong partnership between the public and private sectors.  On the state level, the Texas Department of Transportation will be making $12 million in highway improvements in Buda.  And I am proud to announce we are also providing $600,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund, the job creation fund I worked with legislators to create in 2003 to help grow our way out of tough economic times.

When we decided to use Texas Enterprise Fund dollars, we not only considered the jobs that would be created, but also Cabelas’ outstanding record of attracting tourist dollars from out of state visitors.  The Cabelas store in Dundee, Michigan draws 6 million people a year and is that state’s largest tourist attraction.  Their Minnesota store is second only to the Mall of America as a tourist attraction.  Job creation and job retention are critical in this state’s effort to generate the revenue we need to fund the priorities of our people. 

But job creation is about much more than generating revenue: first and foremost, job creation is about providing new opportunities and a brighter future for Texas families.  Today the future is brighter for more than 600 full-time workers, and hundreds of part-time workers. 

To discuss that future is none other than the President and CFO of Cabelas, David Roehr.

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