Texas is a land of ongoing success and endless opportunity; Texans aren't too shy about telling people about it, either. It's not bragging if it's true, however, and the Lone Star State’s winning mix of low taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and world-class workforce has been paying dividends in terms of press recognition, economic rankings and, most importantly, good jobs for hard-working Texans. Here is just some of the evidence supporting Texans’ contention that the Lone Star State is the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.
How Texas Measures Up
Texas Enterprise Fund: Attracting New Jobs and Investments to Texas
Spotlight on Texas
April 14, 2011 - California Assembly Member Dan Logue - Chair, Caucus Task Force on Jobs and Economic Recovery
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Texas Ranks No. 2 on the 2009 Inc. 500 List
Texas Ranks No. 2 on the 2009 Inc. 500 list for the number of fastest-growing private companies located within the state. The Inc. 500 list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. (August 18, 2009 Inc.)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Washington view: Texas economy shining brightly despite recession
The federal government is borrowing a trillion dollars to fund its massive stimulus plan, California is broke, the feds have taken over car companies and banks, and the national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and rising. Nevertheless, bills moving through Congress would spend an additional $1 trillion on health care reform — an expenditure President Obama says is crucial to the nation's economic recovery. This, say supporters, is the only way to return the U.S. to prosperity.
Really? Perhaps they should take a look at what's happening in Texas. (August 11, 2009 Columbian.com)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 National Review: Going Alamo: Why jobs and companies are flocking to a big small-government state
If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here's an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There's a reason for this. (July 14, 2009 National Review)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 Texas wins 2009 Best Business Climate ranking
Texas was declared the winner of the coveted Best Business Climate ranking from Business Facilities Magazine, which covers a range of critical development factors including cost of labor, incentives, infrastructure and tax climate. The Lone Star State, which has continued to show solid growth even in a shrinking economy, edged out business-friendly South Dakota and Wyoming, and the emerging economic development powerhouse Utah, to grab the top spot. (July 1, 2009 Business Facilities Magazine)
Thursday, April 30, 2009 Texas Maintains Strong Lead in Wind Energy
Two more states have joined the “gigawatt club,” according to the first-quarter report from the American Wind Energy Association — but Texas remains firmly in the lead.
The list is comprised of states with more than a gigawatt of wind-power generating capacity. (April 30, 2009 Houston Business Journal)
Monday, April 20, 2009 Texas ranks No. 1 on the 2009 Fortune 500 and 1000 lists
Texas ranks No. 1 on the 2009 Fortune 500 and 1000 lists for the second year in a row. The State has seen unprecedented growth by company headquarters over the last year, spurred in part by the it’s pro-business environment amidst a nationwide recession. Texas is home to the most Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state with 64 companies (up from 58 in 2008) and the most Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in state with 118 companies (up from 113 in 2008).
For the full listing, click on the link below. (April 20, 2009 Fortune)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Texas Ranked #1 in Online Transparency
Texas has been ranked number one in online transparency out of all 50 states, according to a study conducted as part of the annual Sunshine Week campaign. Sunshine Week is a national initiative by journalism organizations to focus on open government and access to information. (March 18, 2009 Sunshine Week)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 CEOs rated Texas as the #1 state to do business four years in a row.
CEOs Select Best, Worst States for Job Growth and Business
Texas, North Carolina, Florida Top List as Best States; California, New York, Michigan Are the Worst
As the nation’s unemployment figures continue to reach new heights, Chief Executive magazine’s 2009 "Best & Worst States" survey took CEOs’ pulse on what the best and worst places for jobs and business growth are. For the fourth year in a row, CEOs rated Texas as the #1 state to do business and California as the worst.
Monday, March 16, 2009 Texas earns the second spot in Site Selection's 2008 Governor’s Cup
Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup is awarded annually to the U.S. state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database. The magazine’s New Plant database focuses on new corporate location projects with significant impact. For metro areas with populations over 1 million, Texas had the top two metros in the "Top 10 for new and expanded corporate facilities for 2008": Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. Overall, Texas came in second place with 497 projects. (March 16, 2009 Site Selection Magazine)