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
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)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Texas is Home to Top 5 Housing Markets for 2009
Texas is home to the top 5 U.S. metros in "The Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009" report. Houston ranked number 1, followed by Austin (2), Fort Worth (3), San Antonio (4) and Dallas (5).
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Texas ranks as the No. 1 relocation destination in the U.S.
Texas ranks as the No. 1 relocation destination in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row based on Allied Van Lines’ 41st Annual Magnet Report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns. Texas achieved the highest net relocation gain (inbound moves minus outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines) of 1,903 in 2008. (SIRVA, Inc., January 2009)
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Texas Cities Set Employment Pace for November
The two largest markets in Texas -- Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth -- registered the nation's biggest gains in private-sector employment, according to employment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Jan. 7, 2009 - Houston Business Journal)
Friday, October 24, 2008 Study: The State of the U.S. Economy - The Financial Times of London
The Financial Times of London recently released a study measuring the impact of the current financial downturn on the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Not surprisingly, Texas came out on top thanks to high rankings in four separate economic indicators: employment growth rate, state product growth rate (GSP), personal income growth rate and home foreclosure rate. By all accounts, Texas is the state best-suited to weather the current financial turmoil.
Monday, October 20, 2008 Forbes- Best and Worst Bang for the Buck Cities
The economic storm sweeping the country has left Americans with few places to hide. But those looking to hunker down might want to head to Texas, where they can get the best value for their dollar. That's because Austin and San Antonio lead our list of places where your money goes farthest. Houston and Dallas also land in the top 10, at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively.
Thursday, September 04, 2008 CNBC Study Ranks Texas Business Climate No. 1 in the Nation
Washington, D.C. – Texas is America’s Top State for Business according to the results of a CNBC study that scored each state on 40 different measures of competitiveness. Gov. Perry joined CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for the announcement.