Office of the Governor Rick Perry

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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  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    ICYMI: Business Facilities Names Texas Best Business Climate
    Business Facilities magazine has again ranked Texas as the country's Best Business Climate, adding to a long list of national accolades for the economic principles that have helped the Lone Star State lead the nation in job creation.
  • Friday, August 16, 2013
    SA Business Journal: Texas employment grows by nearly 20,000 jobs in July
    The Texas economy added 19,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs during the month of July, and another 293,000 jobs since July 2012.
  • Monday, August 12, 2013
    Highest Ratings for Texas Short-Term Notes
    Wall Street ratings firms have given their highest ratings to this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs). These annual, one-year notes are sold to help fund school payments and manage cash flow between the start of a fiscal year and the arrival of tax revenue later in the year.
  • Wednesday, August 07, 2013
    Forbes: Austin Heads List of Best Cities For Job Growth
    Texas Dominates Forbes' 10 Best Cities For Future Job Growth List with 7 out of 10 cities.
  • Friday, August 02, 2013
    Forbes: Texas Leads The Low Tax Pack
    Everything is bigger in Texas, or so the saying goes. Whatever the case, no one can make the argument the good people of the Lone Star State are “all-hat-and-no cattle.” Undoubtedly, they are doing something right, and other states, like neighboring New Mexico, are taking notice.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013
    Bloomberg Businessweek: Rick Perry, Texas's Star Business Recruiter, Will Be Missed
    In January, Thomas Hook, chief executive officer of Greatbatch (GB), was looking to move his growing medical device company from Buffalo to a place with warmer winters and lower taxes. He was all but settled on Florida when officials from Frisco, a city north of Dallas, cold-called to pitch the virtues of Texas. One conversation in particular helped close the deal. Texas Governor Rick Perry phoned to tell Hook how much he wanted Greatbatch to call Texas home. “He reached out directly,” says Chris Knospe, Greatbatch’s head of government relations. “It’s nice to be wanted.” In May the 3,300-employee company announced its move to Frisco.
  • Monday, July 01, 2013
    Weekly Standard: A Texan Takes Manhattan
    Following the session with Forbes last week, Perry hurried across Manhattan to meet with Donald Trump. You’re trying to “grab all our people,” Trump teased. “Just giving them opportunity,” Perry replied.
  • Thursday, June 20, 2013
    Forbes: 8 most business-friendly cities
    50% of Forbes' 8 most-biz friendly cities list are right here in Texas! Austin, San Antonio, Houston and DFW.
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    The Kudlow Report: Texas: Open For Business!
    Interview between Governor Perry and CNBC's, The Kudlow Report. Topics covered are the Texas economy, job creation, taxes and more.
  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013
    Sports Event of the Year
    It's widely understood that Texas is the best place to visit, live, and do business, and each and every award we receive is testament to that. People here can see that we do things right, and national and international recognition affirms we aren't just biased.
  • Monday, June 03, 2013
    Texas Today: Key Economic Drivers Attracting Business to Texas
    Texas’ stable business climate, low taxes, outstanding transportation infrastructure, skilled work force, and pro-business environment are helping companies to succeed and create jobs. - Area Development
  • Friday, May 31, 2013
    Steve Sexton, President & CEO of Circuit of the Americas
    Bringing Texas to the world and the world to Texas.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013
    17 Facts That Make Houston The Best City In America
    It's by far the country's number one job creator, the home of America's booming energy industry, is more diverse than New York City (PDF) and lets you stretch a paycheck farther than anywhere else in the country. - Business Insider
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    Houston Is Unstoppable: Why Texas' Juggernaut Is America's #1 Job Creator
    Texas is killing it. It dominated the recession, crushed the recovery, and in a new analysis of jobs recovered since the downturn, its largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country -- by far.
  • Tuesday, May 07, 2013
    CEOs Name Texas Best State for Business for 9th Year in a Row
    More than 700 top CEOs around the nation are ranking Texas as the best state to do business for the ninth year in a row in Chief Executive magazine's annual Best and Worst States survey. CEO opinions were gauged on a variety of metrics, including regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, educational resources, quality of living and infrastructure.