Here are the facts. Decide for yourself.
In 2008, Texas led the nation in job creation by far; Texas created more jobs than all other 49 states combined. The unemployment rate in Texas is 2 points below the national average, and 4 points below California’s. Texas now has more FORTUNE 500 companies than any other state. Texas is the #1 exporting state for seven years running now, and Texas has averaged more than a thousand net new residents moving into the Lone State State every single day.
There is a reason so many people are voting with their feet and choosing Texas.
But don’t simply take our word for it. Below are just a handful more of the numerous accolades Texas has received in recent months. Texas is, indeed, succeeding.
Watch the Video, TEXAS IS SUCCEEDING
Texas #1 In Government Transparency Online
Sunshine Week, an organization focused on open government and public access to information, designated Texas as having the most transparent state government in the nation; Governor Rick Perry started the ball rolling when he began voluntarily posting the governor’s office’s quarterly expenditures online in the winter of 2006. Over the past few years, Perry has made spending transparency a plank of his budget reform agenda.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TEXAS:
2009 Best Business Climate
(Business Facilities Magazine, July 2009)
5 Texas Cities Among Top 10 U.S. Metros, Overall Economic Performance
(Brookings Institution, June 2009)
#1 state for business and job growth, 4th consecutive year
(CEO survey, Chief Executive Magazine, March 2009)
One of “Five States That Will Lead Us Out of Recession”
(CNBC, June 2009)
Best State for Doing Business
(Directorship Magazine, June 2009)
No. 1 state “Where the Jobs Are Going”
(Time Magazine, May 2009)
Top 2 areas for Corporate Facility Project Attraction [1. Houston, 2. Dallas]
(Site Selection, March 2009)
Top 5 “Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009” [1-Houston, 2-Austin, 3-Fort Worth, 4-San Antonio, 5-Dallas]
(Builder Magazine, February 2009)
#2 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list
(with 23 companies, FORTUNE, January 2009)
#1 U.S. Relocation Destination, 4th consecutive year
(Allied Van Lines’ 41st Annual Magnet Report)
(SIRVA, Inc., January 2009)
Foreclosure rate far below the national average
(New York Times, August 2009)
Second lowest state debt per capita in the nation
(Tax Foundation, Fiscal Year 2007)
Rated among the most free states in the nation
(Mercatus Center, George Mason University, “Freedom in the 50 States”)
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