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Texas Brags: What Others Are Saying

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.

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  • Friday, April 30, 2010
    Texas Named One of Best States for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has ranked Texas as one of the best states for small business and entrepreneurs in their Business Tax Index 2010: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business report. Texas is ranked second in the index based on the cost of the state tax system on small businesses.

    "Here in the Lone Star State, we have developed an environment that encourages entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of small business ownership, further strengthening our economy and creating jobs for Texans," Gov. Perry said. "Thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory environment and skilled and educated workforce, businesses continue to look to Texas as a place for growth and prosperity."

    Article via Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council »

  • Monday, March 22, 2010
    Bloomberg: Texas Beats Other States out of Recession, Comerica Report Says

    Texas, the second-most populous U.S. state, is among the first to emerge from the recession that began in December 2007 as job growth returned sooner, Comerica Inc. said in a report.

    The Texas economy followed states into the worst economic slump since 1930s, bottomed in September 2009 and began growing, five months before job growth hit bottom for the rest of the country, according to the report today by Dana Johnson, the chief economist at the Dallas-based bank.

    Article via Bloomberg »

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    Dallas-Fort Worth Economy Ranked Among Nation's Strongest - Dallas Morning News

    The Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked among the strongest metropolitan economies in the nation during the last three months of 2009, according to a study to be released today by the Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington. Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and McAllen also ranked in the top 20 in economic performance among the 100 largest U.S. metro areas, according to the institution's MetroMonitor barometer.

    "Dallas and other Texas metro areas look good compared to other places," said Howard Wial, a Brookings fellow. "But unemployment is still high and jobs are down from where they were at the last peak. So things are not rosy."

    Article via Dallas Morning News »

  • Monday, March 15, 2010
    Austin, Washington, Raleigh & Boston Top 2010 Rank of Best Cities for Young Americans

    The Southwest is the new frontier for young Americans—the region where those in their 20s and 30s have the best chance of establishing themselves in a recessionary economy.

    Five Southwestern metropolitan areas, led by No. 1 Austin, rank among the nation’s 10 best places for young adults, according to a new Portfolio.com/bizjournals study.

    Two qualities help Austin—the host of the annual South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference and festival—to stand out among the nation’s largest metros.

    Article via Portfolio.com »

  • Monday, March 08, 2010
    Forbes: If one state is a poster child for economic recovery, it's Texas

    Forbes has ranked Austin as the city best surviving the recession. Austin tied with Washington, DC for the number one slot. Four Texas cities made the top 10, including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Forbes looked at unemployment, rate of job growth and projections, home prices and cost of goods and services.

    "This Forbes ranking highlights the relative economic strength of our state's major metropolitan cities, which is good news not only for the people who live in Texas, but for those looking to move to a state with a strong economic future," said Gov. Rick Perry. "Texas continues to be the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family thanks to our low tax burden, predictable regulatory climate, skilled workforce and principled, disciplined spending."

    Article via Forbes »

  • Monday, March 01, 2010
    Texas Only State to Meet all College and Career Readiness Measures

    Texas is the first, and so far only, state to meet all the American Diploma Project's five key college and career readiness measures, Achieve, a national bipartisan organization, announced today.

    In a report called Closing the Expectations Gap, Achieve said "Texas has the most comprehensive approach to college and career ready accountability."

    This year's survey found that Texas was the only state that met all the accountability measures that were determined as necessary to assess college and career readiness. Those include publicly reporting the percentage of students who graduate from high school with a college and career ready diploma, which in Texas means graduating on the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program.

    Study via Achieve »

  • Monday, January 25, 2010
    Texas Ranks Among Lowest for Debt Burden

    Forbes has ranked Texas as having one of the lowest debt burdens in the country compared to the other 49 states. Texas ranked fourth overall behind Utah, New Hampshire and Nebraska, and was the best among the large states.

    “This Forbes ranking is further proof why the Lone Star State is the best place to live, work and raise a family, and other states could learn from Texas’ economic success,” Gov. Perry said. “Thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulations, skilled workforce, and disciplined spending, we have created a strong economic environment without racking up millions of dollars of burdensome debt.”

    Article via Forbes »

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2010
    Texas takes No. 1 Destination Spot in U.S. for Fifth Year in a Row

    More individuals and families chose to settle deep in the heart of Texas than anywhere in the United States in 2009, according to Allied Van Lines' 42nd Annual Magnet States Report released today.

    For the fifth year in a row, Texas outshined every other state and took the lead as the No. 1 destination state in 2009 based on Allied's report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns.

    Texas realized the highest net relocation gain (inbound moves minus outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines, one of the world's largest moving companies) of almost 2,000 in 2009, slightly higher than last year's gain of about 1,900. Arizona placed second with a net relocation gain of 566, followed closely by North Carolina in third place with a gain of 564. Colorado and Florida placed fourth and fifth respectively for states with the largest net relocation gains.

  • Wednesday, December 23, 2009
    Don't Mess With Texas: More Americans Moving In

    Americans, it seems, still have a love affair with the West. Texas and Wyoming were the big winners in the Census Bureau's annual population estimates, which were released on Wednesday.

    In the year ended July 1, Texas added more people than any other state, and Wyoming had the highest growth rate in the nation.

    The population of the United States has grown more than 9% to 307,006,550 since the 2000 census. The population grew 0.86% since last year's estimates.

    Article via CNN Money »

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2009
    California Should Copy Texas - Investor's Business Daily
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. (December 08, 2009 Investor's Business Daily)
  • Thursday, December 03, 2009
    Texas Ranked as a Top State for Entrepreneurs - SBEC
    The Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC) has ranked Texas in the top three states for small business and entrepreneurship in their Small Business Survival Index 2009: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation. The index includes comparisons of state competitiveness based on factors including regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care and energy costs. (December 03, 2009 Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC))
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Texas Metros Top Best Performing Cities According to Milken Institute
    Several Texas metro areas have been ranked in the top spots of the 2009 Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best Performing Cities Index. The Lone Star State claimed four of the top five spots, including number one, and nine of the top 16 spots. (November 11, 2009 Milken Institute)
  • Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Trends Magazine- America's Future: California vs. Texas
    Texas created 70 percent of all the new jobs in the United States in 2008, and it has a budget surplus. No wonder it's the fastest-growing state in America, with 150,000 new residents arriving each year. Houston promises to become the nation's third-largest city in the near future, edging out Chicago for that spot. And 3 of the 10 largest cities in the United States are already in Texas – Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. (October 29, 2010 Trends)
  • 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.)