Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry Celebrates the Opening of the AMD Lonestar Campus

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Monday, June 16, 2008  •  Austin, Texas  •  Speech

Thank you, Hector [Ruiz, AMD CEO] for that kind introduction and congratulations to you and your team on this remarkable new campus. It's nice to see so many familiar faces here from the business and government communities. Mayor Wynn, well-done on your efforts to keep Austin growing. Representative Bolton, I know southwest Austin is happy to have you as their advocate.

For a long time, Austin has been known as a center for high tech business, a gathering place of great minds, drawn here by a great quality of life, a diverse economy and a broad range of forward-thinking companies. Austin was certainly a magnet during the days of the Internet boom in the late nineties, and a place where a lot of people felt the pinch when that market segment turned sour. Well-established companies like AMD were the ones whose substance as manufacturers and job creators sustained our state economy as the hype of the Internet economy was brought into line with reality. You should be very proud of this company's ongoing success in a marketplace that changes more often than Texas weather.

In the semiconductor industry, technology advances at a blinding pace. AMD's longevity is testimony to your culture, your vision and, most of all, your people. But, that's to be expected when you employ Texans, both people born Texans, and those who got here as soon as they could. I recently returned from a trade mission to Europe where I had the opportunity to sing the praises of our state's economy to everyone I met. I was able to tell them about our state's status as the nation's leader in job creation. Did you know that Texas created 1.2 million net new jobs in the past five years? Did you know that more than half the new jobs created in the entire United States last year were in Texas? Did you know that Texas is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other state in the Union? Did you know that Texas has been our nation's top exporting state with product flowing from our factories to countries all over the world? Well, of course you do, because you send more than your share of product overseas as part of our state's essential family of trade relationships. You know better than anyone that our competition isn't just across town, we're in the race for success with companies all over the world.

I am confident in your ability to stay at the front of the pack. I celebrate you for staying on the cutting edge, I appreciate you for creating jobs for Texans, and congratulate you for proving that Texas companies are a force to be reckoned with in the global marketplace. Congratulations on the Lone Star campus and God's best in the years to come. Speaking of Lone Stars, I understand that it is time to make someone's status as a Texan a little more official.

[Present Honorary Texan award to Craig Garcia, AMD's Director of Global Corporate Services]

Craig Garcia, I understand you pretty much ran this project from site selection to washing those windows one last time before everyone arrived today. Congratulations on a job well done.

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