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Governor’s Competitiveness Council


Summary of Achievement

Gov. Perry has made job creation a key focus of his administration, and Texas has emerged as a leader in many areas of economic development in recent years. Our business climate is consistently ranked among if not the best in America, and we are the number one exporting state in the country.  At Gov. Perry’s request, the State of Texas has implemented various programs and incentives to draw the best businesses, researchers, jobs and capital investments to our state.  And with an ever advancing global economy, Gov. Perry is committed to ensuring Texas sustains its competitive edge through education, job creation, innovation and commercialization.

The Challenge

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, it is imperative that we consider current issues hampering growth in Texas, such as the disconnect between school curricula and workplace demands; the need to further diversify the state’s energy portfolio and address transportation needs in order to keep up with rapid population growth; and the need to draw more investment and businesses to the state – especially since Texas is no longer competing with neighboring cities or states, but is a competitor in an advancing global marketplace. 

“We live in a world that moves faster than at any time in history.  Knowledge and capital are rapidly being deployed to parts of the world where the right combination of talent, technology, business climate, infrastructure and markets converge. I believe Texas can be that place and I believe recommendations and guidance form the Competitiveness Council will help us get there.” – Gov. Rick Perry


Action / Initiative

In November 2007, Governor Perry appointed 29 public and private sector leaders to the Governor’s Competitiveness Council to identify the issues affecting Texas’ global competitiveness within the six targeted industry clusters identified through previous cluster reports, including: aerospace and defense; advanced technologies and manufacturing; biotechnology and life sciences; energy; information and computer technology; and petroleum refining and chemical products. 


The Outcome

Following months of research, competitive positioning assessments, outreach to the public and private sector, and deliberation, the Governor’s Competitiveness Council hosted a summit on August 6, 2008, and presented the Council’s Report to the Governor and the Texas State Energy Plan to Governor Perry.  Perry spoke to nearly 500 summit attendees in the public and private sectors about the challenges and opportunities facing Texas in a fast-paced global marketplace and encouraged state and industry leaders to help create a culture of change by better aligning state resources with the needs of industries to ensure a prosperous future for the state’s economy and all Texans.  The council reports provide a road map for the governor, State Legislature, state agencies and industry leaders to enhance Texas’ competitive position in the global economy.

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