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
Thursday, October 15, 2009
MSNBC and Moody's list seven Texas metropolitan areas among first to recover from recession
MSNBC.com and Moody’s Economy have announced that the Austin-Round Rock, Brownsville-Harlingen, Dallas-Plano-Irving, El Paso, Lubbock, McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr and San Antonio areas are among the first in the nation to move from recession into recovery, indicating that their economies have grown over the past six months. (October 15, 2009 MSNBC, Moody's and CNN Money)
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)
Monday, July 27, 2009
Texas Leads the Nation in Homebuilding
Texas cities continue to lead the nation in homebuilding, even in the face of huge construction cutbacks.
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)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Five Texas Cities Listed Among Top 10 Strongest Metros by Brookings Institution
Six Texas Cities in Top 20. (June 17, 2009 Brookings Institution)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Texas Ranked Best State for Business by Directorship Magazine
“When it comes to business, Texas is number one” – Directorship Magazine (June 1, 2009)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Texas wins the Silver Shovel Award for Success in Job Creation and Positive Economic Impact
Texas wins the Silver Shovel Award for Success in Job Creation and Positive Economic Impact and 4th Annual Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Celebrate Success in Job Creation and Positive Economic Impact. (June 11, 2009 Area Development 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, April 15, 2009
Texas’ major metros land top five spots on the big cities list for employment potential
Texas’ major metros land top five spots on the big cities list for employment potential. (April 15, 2009 Austin Business Journal)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Texas is the #1 State for Business
Video: CNBC - Texas is the #1 State for Business (March 22, 2009 CNBC)
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.