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Wide open for business

Sky High

Texas ignites aerospace, aviation innovation

Ample Harvest

Texas agriculture feeds and clothes the world

Making Capital Foreign investment, export success drive economy Sponsored by the Economic Development & Tourism Div. Office of the Governor | 2012

GROWING STRONGER … TOGETHER Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) is a coalition of 27 counties in West-Central Texas that can help your business grow and prosper. The TMCN region is centrally located in the state of Texas and is the geographic center of the world’s largest free trade zone providing easy access to east and west coasts, the industrial Midwest and northeast, and the large emerging markets in Mexico. Our region’s low cost of doing business, along with an educated, eager and abundant workforce, create the perfect environment for success. Join the industry leaders in health care, alternative energy, oil and gas, agriculture, metal fabrication, and global manufacturing in making the Texas Midwest home. Put our resources to work for your company, and see for yourself the benefits of doing business in the Texas Midwest.

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INDUSTRIES Alternative Energy • Wind and Solar • Oil and Gas Information Technology • Education and Health Sciences Light and Heavy Manufacturing • Metal Fabrication Logistics and Distribution Centers • Agriculture Leisure and Hospitality • Professional and Business Services Local, State and Federal Government

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HOME TO Dyess Air Force Base • Goodfellow Air Force Base Texas Tech University College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing Angelo State University • Texas State Technical College Abilene Christian University • McMurry University Hardin-Simmons University • Howard Payne University Four Two-Year Community Colleges

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Texas is home to film, television, video game development

Deep Pockets


Two major shale plays fuel Texas energy sector

International Flavor


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Under the Microscope


Texas biotech and life sciences industry breeds innovation

Heads in the Cloud


New avenues open up for Texas technology

Sky High


Texas ignites aerospace, aviation innovation

Built for Success


Manufacturing sector ramps up job production in Texas

Ample Harvest


Texas agriculture feeds and clothes the world

Zoned In on Jobs


Enterprise program helps communities promote investment

Let Nature Take Its Course


In Texas, adventure is waiting just outside


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Texas Enterprise Zone helps communities promote investment


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exas has a talent for creating jobs. Since 2008, the Lone Star State has led the nation in total jobs added, and the state’s aggressive incentives package has played an integral role in that economic success. One of the key incentives offered is the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, which encourages local communities to partner with the state in job creation efforts and capital investment, particularly in economically distressed areas. Approved projects are eligible to apply for state sales and use tax refunds on qualified expenditures. Since its inception in 1988, 802 qualified businesses have received an enterprise project designation, which generated commitments of $48.1 billion in capital investment, created 139,148 new, permanent jobs and retained 144,476 existing jobs, says Joe H. Morin, manager of business incentives with the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division. The incentive supports projects such as the expansion of the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches County. The savings in sales and use taxes supported the upgrade of rooms, addition of nursing stations and installation of an energy-efficient roof.




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Texas: A State of ‘Limitless Possibility’ for Job Growth and Opportunity A letter from Texas Gov. Rick Perry “deal-closing” Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). As of July 31, 2012, the TEF has invested more than $470 million and closed the deal on projects generating more than 63,400 new jobs and more than $22.3 billion in capital investment in the state. The TETF has allocated more than $194 million in funds to 136 early-stage companies, and more than $194 million in grant matching and research superiority funds to Texas universities. Texas is recognized around the world for our pro-business climate, which is demonstrated every day by statistics like these: • Texas received a 2012 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine in recognition of our significant project investments and highvalue job creation in 2011. Texas has been awarded either a Gold Shovel or Silver Shovel every year since the program’s debut in 2006.

As governor of Texas, I am dedicated to supporting an environment of job growth, opportunity, and prosperity for the people of the Lone Star State. Texas’ pro-business climate continues to bring quality jobs to the state. Our state offers companies an unparalleled competitive edge, with the lowest per capita tax rates in the nation, no personal income tax, proximity to strategic markets, cutting-edge infrastructure, excellent schools and a skilled workforce. Texas provides businesses with the tools they need to grow and prosper including the innovative,

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10 Reasons to Live and Work in Texas Lone Star State shines brightly as a place to invest 1. Texas is where the world does business: The state was home to 52

Fortune 500 corporate headquarters in 2012. Foreign-owned companies in the state employ more than 409,000 Texas workers. For 10 consecutive years, Texas has been ranked as the top state for exporting. Exports in 2011 reached $250.01 billion, up 20.8 percent from 2010.

2. Texas has a powerhouse economy: The Texas gross domestic product for 2011 was estimated at $1.3 trillion, making the Lone Star State the 14th-largest economy in the world if it were a stand-alone nation.

centers of innovation. Texas residents were granted more than 8,000 patents in 2011.

Center, one of 52 institutions affiliated with Texas Medical Center in Houston.

7. Texas is one of the most affordable places to live: The

9. Texas offers abundant outdoor recreation opportunities:

cost of living composite index for most Texas metros is lower than the national composite index of 100.

8. Texas is a health-care leader: The world comes to Texas for the latest innovations in medical treatment, technology and expertise. The state’s vast health-care resources include such renowned facilities as the MD Anderson Cancer

The Lone Star State includes 13 national parks, more than 90 state parks, 18 wildlife refuges, more than 900 golf courses and 624 miles of Texas coastline.

10. It’s a great place to live: With

its beautiful landscape, warm weather, excellent schools, and Southern hospitality, Texas remains a popular choice for people looking to relocate.

3. It’s cheaper to do business: Texas has one of the lowest tax burdens in the United States, including no personal income tax. Texas also has no state tax on property used for pollution control, on goods in transit or on machinery and equipment utilized in manufacturing.

4. Texas invests in business:

The state offers a number of competitive incentive programs that help businesses grow, expand and add jobs, including the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) and the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), the largest “deal-closing” fund of its kind in the nation.

5. Texas has connections: With 12 deep-water ports of more than 30-foot channel depth, 14,361 miles of freight rail, 310,850 miles of highway, 27 commercial airports and 29 U.S. ports of entry, Texas offers superior transportation and logistical advantages. 6. It’s a state of innovation: The Lone Star State is home to many world-renowned higher education institutions, including The University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University, that are

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Almanac Cost Effective Places to Live One of the Lone Star State’s key advantages is its low cost of living, a differentiator reinforced by statistics from the 2011 ACCRA Cost of Living Index. Five Texas cities earned places on the 2011 list of Top 10 Least Expensive Urban Areas, prepared by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The rankings measure the cost of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

Where Prosperity Lives Texas is well represented in the latest edition of a highly regarded ranking of top-performing cities put out by the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. The institute’s 2011 Best-Performing Cities Index, which ranked communities according to their success at creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth, included Texas cities in four of the top five spots. The San Antonio and El Paso metro areas ranked first and second, respectively, and the Austin-Round Rock and Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood metros placed fourth and fifth. In addition to these four communities, five other Texas metros were ranked in the top 25 spots on the index. Components that factored into the rankings included jobs, wages and salary, and technology growth. For more on the rankings, visit

Earning the top spot in 2011 was Harlingen, with a composite index score of 81, meaning its overall cost of living was 81 percent of the U.S. average. McAllen was third on the list with a composite score of 85.4, followed by Temple with a composite score of 85.6. Other Texas communities in the top 10 were Waco (86.3) and ShermanDenison (86.4). More on the rankings can be found at

A Fulfilling Development With its superior transportation assets and proximity to major markets, Texas is a natural center for distribution. When Kohl’s Department Stores was searching for a distribution center location to fulfill orders for its website, it decided on the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The retailer announced in early 2012 that it would build a 951,000-squarefoot distribution complex in DeSoto. Kohl’s strategically selected the location off Interstate 35 to serve its customer bases in its Central and Midwest U.S. regions. Kohl’s says its online sales increased more than 50 percent in 2010 and projects they will reach $1 billion in 2012. The DeSoto distribution center is expected to deliver about 400 jobs to the Dallas-Fort Worth area over a three-year period. Find out more at

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Almanac Where Service Soars Two Texas airports are sharing high honors with a select group around the world. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport were inducted into the Director General’s Roll of Excellence by Airport Council International, a recognition for airports that have ranked among the top five in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) for five consecutive years. The Texas airports were the lone airports from the United States and two of just four in North America to receive the recognition in November 2011. The ASQ program benchmarks a total of 34 service items of a passenger’s airport experience including flight information screens, signage, walking distances, restaurants, shopping facilities, restrooms, security, cleanliness and baggage delivery. DFW is the world’s fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. Austin-Bergstrom International serves more than 9.5 million customers annually, with more than 125 commercial flights departing or arriving daily. For more, go to

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Justin Brands Inc. is a company with a lot of sole.

For the seventh straight year, Texas took the No. 1 spot for inbound migration on Allied Van Line’s annual Magnet States report in 2011.

Fort Worth-based Justin, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, makes and markets western boots as well as work, safety and sports footwear under the Justin Boot, Nocona Boot, Chippewa Boot and Tony Lama brands, offering 3,500 different styles in all. The company’s western boots come in a variety of exotic leathers including lizard and ostrich. Justin Brands sells its footwear through department stores, shoe chains, specialty stores, catalogs and online. The company, which dates to 1879, is also a leader in footwear technology including such breakthroughs as Grip-on-Demand, Justin Gel cushioning gel and its patented J-Flex Flexible Comfort System. For more on the company, go to

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. In 2011, 1,556 more families were moved to Texas by Allied than were moved out, nearly double the total of secondplace Florida. For more, go to www.allied. com/2011MagnetReport.aspx.

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Ringing Up Big Job Gains in Retail Even during the height of the last recession, Texas remained a job generator. That was no less true in its retail sector. According to a study by, Lone Star State retailers added 30,100 jobs between November 2006 and November 2011, one of only six states to see a net increase in jobs in the sector during that period. Texas had nearly 1.2 million retail jobs at the end of 2011, up about 2.6 percent from five years earlier.

Home On The Range With roots dating to the 1850s, King Ranch has been a part of Texas almost as long as Texas has been a part of the United States. King Ranch is a massive 825,000acre spread in the Coastal Texas region that includes parts of Kleberg, Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Wells and Nueces counties. Captain Richard King was a riverboat captain who created King Ranch when he traveled into the region, known at the time as the Wild Horse Desert, and was captivated by its natural beauty. He purchased a 15,500-acre Mexican land grant with his business partner, Gideon Lewis, and established what is now called King Ranch. Today, King Ranch raises cattle and quarter horses and controls about 60,000 acres of farm land and the Young Pecan shelling operations, one of the largest pecan shellers in the world. For more information, go to

Financing Foreign Trade The Export-Import Bank of the United States says more than $512 million in export credit was authorized for Texas small businesses for fiscal year 2011, making Texas the top state in the country for all Ex-Im small business financing. The Ex-Im Bank provides financing mechanisms including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. In 2011, the Ex-Im arranged $6 billion in small business financing, up 70 percent from just five years earlier. Assistance from the Ex-Im Bank has helped Air Tractor Inc. in Olney, Texas, export an estimated $40 million of its agricultural and forest fire-bombing aircraft to private-sector buyers in Argentina and Brazil. The company has used Ex-Im Bank’s medium-term insurance for 15 years to provide supplier credits. For more, go to

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Almanac Bringing Small Businesses Big Resources Startup Texas, an initiative aimed at helping jump start the creation and growth of entrepreneurial companies, has launched in Austin, seeking to connect entrepreneurs with the resources needed to build their businesses. The Texas program is an offshoot of the Startup America Partnership, a national effort by state and regional organizations to support entrepreneurs and small businesses with the ultimate goal of creating new jobs.

A Worker’s Wonderland A dozen companies headquartered in Texas have something they can brag about – inclusion on Fortune magazine’s 2012 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Fortune, in partnership with the global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work Institute, compiled the list based on more than 246,000 employee surveys from 280 companies that ask questions about management credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie, hiring practices, internal communications, training, diversity efforts, and recognition programs. A number of household names, including Google (which ranked No. 1) and Starbucks were joined on the list by 12 Texas-based companies: Balfour Beatty Construction (Dallas), Camden Property Trust (Houston), EOG Resources (Houston), Men’s Wearhouse (Houston), National Instruments (Austin), NuStar Energy (San Antonio), Rackspace Hosting (San Antonio), TDI Industries (Dallas-Fort Worth), The Container Store (Coppell), USAA (San Antonio) and Whole Foods Market (Austin). Go to magazines/fortune/best-companies for more information.

Startup Texas provides a number of services to help entrepreneurs statewide including assisting with scaling to meet market demands, identifying sources of investment capital, and helping recruit and train a high quality workforce. The program also helps place mentors with companies and connects entrepreneurs with key private- and public-sector players. Texas is the seventh state to join Startup America, and the effort in the Lone Star State is being spearheaded by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. To learn more, go to

That’s A Lot of Couches Nebraska Furniture Mart, the largest home furnishings store in North America, has picked a site in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for a store that will measure 1.8 million square feet – big, even by Texas standards. The store in The Colony will include 1.2 million square feet of distribution space, 546,000 square feet of showroom space and 25,000 square feet for a regional corporate office. With a projected first phase opening in May 2015, the complex is expected to create about 1,700 jobs. Other developments, including hotels, restaurants, shops and a theme park, are being considered for the site that could bring the total investment to $1.5 billion. The Omaha-based furniture retailer projects as many as 8 million annual visitors. Visit for more. B u s i n e ss C l i ma t e . c o m / T e x as


Business Climate

Rolling Up Big Numbers Texas leads the nation in all the rankings that count

Story by Betsy Williams

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he business climate in Texas is red hot. The state continues to set the pace in job creation, attracting new investment and staying at the top of numerous business rankings. Among them: Best State for Business by Chief Executive Magazine; No. 1 Business Climate by Site Selection magazine and No. 1 State for Doing Business by Area Development magazine, which also named the state winner of its 2012 Gold Shovel award for new investments and job creation in 2011. Texas has been recognized each year since the magazine began the awards in 2006. “Our combination of low taxes, predictable regulations, fair courts and a world-class workforce has helped create an economic stronghold that’s been the envy of the nation the last decade and a boon for any company seeking to grow, particularly innovative young companies seeking firm footing during their early years,” says Gov. Rick Perry. “We’ve taken steps over the past 10 years to

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Texas Export info Texas Named Top State for Export Values for 10th consecutive year 2011 export value: $250.01 billion, up 20% from 2010 Top export categories: petroleum and coal products, chemicals, computer and electronic products, nonelectrical machinery, transportation equipment and agricultural products Top export destinations: Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil and the Netherlands Texas share of all U.S. exports: 17%

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nurture that segment of our economy – first, by maintaining our business climate, and secondly, through programs like our Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF).” funds spur jobs, investment Joining the TETF as one of the most effective tools in the state’s economic strongbox is the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), the largest deal-closing fund of its kind in the nation, used as a final incentive tool when a single Texas site is competing with another viable out-ofstate option. Since its inception in 2003

through the end of April 2012, TEF has invested more than $465.4 million and closed the deal on projects committed to generate more than 63,000 new jobs and over $21.4 billion in capital investment. “The TEF forms a one-two punch with the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, which helps ensure innovative ideas that are born in Texas stay in Texas, all the way from the laboratory to the marketplace,” Gov. Perry says. “Keeping our innovators in the state, and bringing in new ones as well, is vital to the future of Texas, as our increasingly diverse

What’s Online  Learn more about business in the Lone Star State at businessclimate. com/texas.

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Texas Gross Domestic Product (Current-dollar GDP) 1.5 trillion

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economy reinvents itself in preparation for the decades to come.” Job Creation Leads Nation The powerhouse Texas economy created a staggering number of jobs in a five-year span from 2006 to 2011 – 430,700 of them – besting the next highest state almost eight times over. That explosion of job growth is set to continue, and the Texas population is projected to double from 25 million to 50 million over the next 30 years. The state’s Gross Domestic Product hit an astounding $1.3 trillion in 2011, 8.3 percent of the U.S. total. Texas is a global leader in numerous industry sectors, from aerospace and aviation to energy

Texas’ Gross Domestic Product reached $1.3 trillion in 2011, 8.3 percent of the U.S. total.

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Job One Texas is one of just two states in the top 20 to add jobs during the three-year period from December 2008 to December 2011:

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and renewables and life sciences, manufacturing and logistics. A Who’s Who of companies – 52 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state – is keeping the new investment and expansion pipeline flowing. Apple, with an already impressive presence in Texas, recently committed to investing $304 million in a new Austin campus and creating 3,600 jobs over the next decade, more than doubling the size of the company’s Texas workforce. Other companies, including Direct Energy (Houston), Waste Connections Inc. (The Woodlands) and Copart

(Farmers Branch), are setting up corporate headquarters in the Lone Star State. Houston, Austin, McAllenEdinburg, El Paso and San Antonio took five of the top 10 slots for metro areas creating the most private sector jobs between February 2008 and February 2012, according to Skilled Workers, No Income Tax The state’s highly favorable economic climate, Gov. Perry says, is supported by a business friendly environment that includes a deep pool of highly skilled workers, a favorable tax structure (no

corporate or personal income taxes), a fair legal system and a roster of incentive programs, such as TEF and TETF, designed to encourage expansion, investment and job growth. The Lone Star State is an export juggernaut, sending goods valued at $250.01 billion in 2011, making Texas the top exporting state in the nation for the 10th consecutive year. “For a full decade now, Texas has been the nation’s epicenter for international trade, thanks to the continued strength of our state economy and the opportunities created by our business climate,” Perry says. B u s i n e ss C l i ma t e . c o m / T e x as


Fortune 500

A Headquarters Place Texas is a location of choice for Fortune 500 companies

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exas is a premier address for business. The Lone Star State is home to the corporate headquarters for 52 companies on the 2012 Fortune 500, the second-highest concentration among the states. The annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine ranks the top 500 U.S. public corporations, according to revenues produced. Included on the list are a roster of high-profile brands that call Texas home, including Dell, JCPenney, Kimberly-Clark, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Whole Foods, Game Stop and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. A Texas-based company headed the Fortune 500 list in 2012. With revenues of nearly $453 billion, Irving-based Exxon Mobil was the largest public company in the United States. The strength of the Texas energy industry is reinforced by the presence of seven energyrelated companies among the 10 largest public companies based in the state, including ConocoPhillips, Valero and Enterprise Products Partners.

Twenty-five Fortune 500 companies in 2012 called the Houston area home, led by ConocoPhillips, ranked fourth nationally in revenue. Other top Houston-based corporations on the rankings list included Enterprise Products Partners (62nd nationally), Sysco (69th) and Plains All American Pipeline (87th). Eighteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Following ExxonMobil are AT&T, ranked 11th nationally with $127 billion in revenue for 2012. The top five Texas firms, their location, revenue and Fortune 500 ranking were: 1. ExxonMobil, Irving, $452.9 billion (1) 2. ConocoPhillips, Houston, $237.3 billion (4) 3. AT&T, Dallas, $126.7 billion (11) 4. Valero Energy, San Antonio, $125 billion (12) 5. Dell, Round Rock, $62 billion (44) To see a complete list of the 2012 Fortune 500 go to money.cnn. com/magazines/fortune.

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A staple of PBS programming virtually since its debut in 1974, Austin City Limits is a showcase for a variety of musical genres for some of the country’s most popular and respected musicians. From Willie Nelson (who was the feature performer on the pilot episode) to B.B. King to Foo Fighters, the Friday night program has attracted a wide cross-section of talent and cemented a reputation that includes being the lone television show to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts. Austin City Limits Festival, a three-day annual event in Austin, features more than 130 musicians and bands on eight stages. The festival, which debuted in 2002, now attracts more than 70,000 people.


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Lone Star Attraction Texas takes center stage as location for film, television, video game development

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exas has emerged as a major player across a gamut of media-related entertainment – from film and television to commercials, animated productions and video game development. Though it is no stranger to the big screen – the first film to shoot in Texas was made in 1910 – the industry is flourishing in the Lone Star State thanks to its diverse shooting locales, ample supply of skilled crew, a range of production support services and highly competitive state incentives. “Texas has captivated the imagination of moviegoers for decades,” says Evan Fitzmaurice, former director of the Texas Film Commission. “It’s an iconic state, and it’s a place where the people and the terrain help tell a story.”

The Texas Film Commission, established in 1971 by Texas Gov. Preston Smith, works to draw media professionals to the state. The commission offers location assistance to producers and directors searching for a place to serve as the setting for their film or television show, and also provides an online Texas Production Directory that includes crew personnel and media-related companies and organizations. “People are amazed and impressed with the professionalism and efficiency here,” Fitzmaurice says. Texas Media Incentives While the state’s natural assets attract industry professionals, the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program is also a major draw. The

Austin City Limits has been showcasing some of the nation’s most popular performers since 1974.

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incentive, enacted in 2005 and funded for the first time in 2007, enables qualifying film, television, commercial and video game productions to obtain a payment of 5 to 17.5 percent of eligible Texas spending, or 8 to 29.25 percent of eligible wages paid to Texas residents. “From June 2007 through February 2012, production companies accepted into the incentive program have been slated to spend more than $630 million, bringing in over 66,000 job opportunities,� Fitzmaurice says. In addition, film, television, commercial, and video game productions are exempt from paying sales tax on the majority of rentals and purchases used directly in production. The state also waives occupancy taxes after an individual occupies a hotel room for 30 consecutive days, and a refund of taxes paid on gasoline is available.

Left: The popular television show Friday Night Lights was filmed in Texas. Below: Lockhart, where parts of films such as The Faculty, Where the Heart Is and Secondhand Lions were filmed

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Movies, Television Shows Choose Texas The incentives are certainly drawing more attention to Texas, but the state has been attracting filmmakers for more than 100 years. To date, more


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than 1,800 projects have been filmed in Texas including Wings, which won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Picture in 1928. Austin and Dallas are popular locations for shooting movies and television shows, but the Texas Film Commission has designated more than 60 communities Film Friendly Texas Certified Communities. Smithville, (Tree of Life and Hope Floats) made the cut, as did Marfa (There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men.) Additional film commissions throughout the state also work to help filmmakers find a city or area that meets their specifications. “We try to make sure things run smoothly,” says Ronald Hollomon, executive director of the Northeast Texas Regional Film Commission. “We also help with location scouting and serve as a liaison between filmmakers and local businesses.” Texas’ large number of production companies – more than 130 – also contributes to the state’s appeal. Many of those companies are putting down roots

in Austin including Arts+Labor, a fullservice production company that creates feature films, marketing videos and more, and has worked with notable television networks such as PBS, CNN and The Weather Channel. “There’s a lot of young talent in Austin,” says Alan Berg, president and co-founder of Arts+Labor. “It’s an excellent place for a production company because the city encourages creatives and is open, welcome, and tolerant.” Animated about texas The breadth of production in Texas can be seen not only behind the camera but in front of the computer. Some 160 game development companies and 55 animation and visual effects studios have a presence in Texas. DNA Productions, located in Dallas, is responsible for the animation and production of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Ant Bully, while Austin-based Troublemaker Studios created many postproduction and visual effects for a number of the Spy Kids movies.

Recent Movie and TV Projects Filmed in Texas Films: Bernie The Tree of Life True Grit Spy Kids 4: All The Time in the World 4D Open Season 3 Predators Exists Prince Avalanche Television shows: Dallas The Lying Game Friday Night Lights Prison Break Top Chef The Good Guys Chase Lone Star My Generation

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South Padre Island is a popular place to film movies and TV shows. Several productions have been shot in the region including The President’s Man, Spring Breakdown and Prison Break.

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Video game production company Robot Entertainment is based in Dallas. P h o t o C o u rte s y o f R o b o t E nterta inment

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The video game development industry is thriving in Austin, which is quickly becoming known as the U.S. video game capital. Twisted Pixel – the video game developer responsible for games such as The Gunstringer and Splosion Man – relocated from Madison, Ind., to Austin in late 2008. In addition, Electronic Arts announced plans to expand its Austin operations in 2011, creating 300 jobs in the area. More than 5,000 people are employed in video game development in Texas. “Austin had a few things going for it when we decided to relocate,” says Jay Stuckwisch, marketing director/2D artist at Twisted Pixel. “First off, the tax incentives for independent game studios was a big factor. Austin really wants to help foster the entertainment industries here, which is great! The weather and central location played a big factor, too.”

The video game Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 was created by Gearbox, which is based in Dallas.

The Texas health-care industry includes more than 580 hospitals.


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Deep Pockets Two major shale plays fuel Texas energy sector Story by Pamela Coyle


process that started 300 million years ago helped pull the Lone Star State through the recession and continues to draw new companies, employ thousands and attract billions of dollars in investment to the state. This big shot to an alreadyabundant energy sector began with the demise of tiny, prehistoric sea creatures deep below the surface of what is now Texas. Natural gas formed above that ancient floor, and new technology means access to the buried bounty. Shale gas is invigorating a world-class energy industry in Texas that includes robust oil and gas, and power generation from renewables , coal and nuclear generates an annual economic impact of $172 billion.

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Texas’ vast energy sector includes 26 refineries with refining capacity of 4.7 million barrels of crude oil per day. s ta f f p h o t o


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Shale tales “The oil and natural gas industry is credited with helping Texas to weather the economic downturn in recent years better than other states,” says Debbie Hastings, executive vice president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. Barnett, Eagle Ford Shale Texas is home to two major shale plays – Barnett Shale in north central Texas and Eagle Ford in south Texas – whose formations contain vast amounts of natural gas deposits. The Barnett Shale, which lies under 17 north Texas counties, has generated $65 billion in economic activity since 2001 and supports 100,000 jobs, according to a 2011 study by economist Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group in Waco. Other studies say it accounts for 8 percent of gross product, 8 percent of personal income and 9 percent of employment in the region.

Eagle Ford is a huge deposit of oil as well as natural gas that extends 400 miles across south Texas. In 2011 alone, Eagle Ford contributed $25 billion in total economic output, according to a University of Texas San Antonio study, and supported approximately 47,000 full-time jobs. And it has changed the face of many small towns. Alice, Texas, has an official population of 19,104, but Juan Navejar, executive director of the Alice Chamber of Commerce, estimates the working population at 60,000 to 80,000. “Our sales tax has been phenomenal,” he says. “For one recent month, we collected $1.6 million, 52 percent higher than 2011. The city has a surplus and we are building an auditorium, amphitheater and convention

$65.4 billion Barnett Shale economic impact in North Texas since 2001

100,000+ Jobs supported by Barnett Shale

$25 billion Economic impact of Eagle Ford Shale in 2011

47,000 Jobs supported by Eagle Ford Shale Source: Perryman Group, University of Texas San Antonio

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Shale a Long-Term Resource Alice is not alone. Sales tax revenue increases in communities affected by Eagle Ford are in the stratosphere. First-quarter 2011 tax revenues increased by a range of 91 percent in Encinal to 1,132 percent in Dimmit County, compared with the first quarter of 2010. The statewide increase for the same period was 22 percent. Statewide, sales tax revenues increased 11 percent from first quarter 2011 to first quarter 2012. In the Eagle Ford play, communities saw increases of 31 percent to 168 percent.

“The flurry of production has transformed parts of our state from sleepy small towns to thriving economic centers that are flush with jobs, increased tax revenues and local commerce,” Hastings says. The impact will not be short term, especially as technology evolves. Accessing the trapped gas wasn’t possible until the 2000s, when horizontal drilling and other advanced techniques allowed companies to tap reserves. Chesapeake Energy Corp., a major player, estimates it already has extracted 4.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from Barnett Shale and another 40 trillion cubic feet remain. Energy companies can’t build pipelines fast enough, and industry groups estimate both Eagle Ford and Barnett Shale can produce for another 20 to 30 years. But if you visit Alice, don’t expect lunch. “Traffic is heavy,” Navejar says. “If you try to have lunch, you won’t find a seat.”

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center without having to borrow.” The city is at the junction of Texas Highway 44 and U.S. 281, and its roads can handle the truck traffic better than smaller communities closer to drilling sites. “We have the infrastructure,” Navejar says. “What we need now is permanent housing.”

Highly Refined Texas is tops in U.S. For petroleum production, oil refining and chemical manufacturing interests include Celanese, Chevron Phillips Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, Dow Chemical, Huntsman, Lyondell Chemical and BASF. The Texas Gulf Coast is home to more than 400 chemical plants and refineries that employ about 33,000 people. The concentration is considered the largest petrochemical complex in the world, and is connected by thousands of miles of pipeline in a network dubbed the Spaghetti Bowl. In this, Houston is the epicenter. It hosts more than 40 percent of the country’s base manufacturing capacity of petrochemicals, 3,700 energy-related establishments and 16 of the top 20 U.S. pipeline companies. That’s a highly refined industry, which is how Texas likes it. – Pamela Coyle

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Texas accounts for more than a quarter of the nation’s oil refining capacity. Closely related, Texas chemical manufacturers turn out more than 50 percent of the total U.S. chemical production and about 50 percent of the nation’s petrochemical production. The numbers themselves are Texas-sized. The state’s 26 refineries lead the nation with a refining capacity of 4.7 million barrels of crude oil a day. Texas is also the top state for crude oil production, pumping out an average of 44.8 million barrels per month from deep below the state’s surface, with Alaska a distant second at 17.4 million barrels a month. ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Valero Energy, Marathon Oil, Tesoro and Western Refining are among the big players. Major chemical production

Top: A ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford operation Above: ConocoPhillips headquarters

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International Flavor

Foreign investment, export success drive Texas economy

Story by Betsy Williams


exas is all over the map – the global map, that is. A major exporter, Texas led all states for the 10th consecutive year in total export volume in 2011, with values exceeding $250 billion. That figure was up 20.8 percent from 2010. Texas ships its products across the world including everything from petroleum, chemicals, and computer and electronic products


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to machinery and transportation equipment. The global map is also all over Texas, whose impressive roster of global companies with major operations in the state includes Alcatel-Lucent, Bayer, Toyota, Siemens, Royal Dutch Shell and Samsung. Foreign direct investment in Texas is spread across a range of industry sectors including

software, energy and industrial machinery. So-called “greenfield” projects – a capital investment to build a new plant, factory or other business – totaled $6.2 billion in 2011 and created more than 6,300 jobs.

The Port of Houston spans 25 miles and is one of the world’s busiest ports. Annually, it sees more than 200 million tons of cargo. P h o t o C o u r t es y o f t h o m a s b . s h e a

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Foreign Direct Investment in TX

409,500 Texans employed by U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies

2 Rank among states in jobs at U.S. subsidiaries of global companies

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Jobs at U.S. subsidiaries in Texas in the manufacturing sector

$6.2B Investments to build a new factory, plant or other business in Texas by U.S. subsidiaries in 2011 Vernon Darko is the founder and owner of EQUIPXP, which is based in Houston.

HendeRson economic All RoAds leAd to HendeRson For more information, contact: Sue Henderson (903) 657-9146

According to the Organization for International Investment, Texas ranks second among all states in the number of U.S. jobs at foreign subsidiaries and second in the number of manufacturing industry jobs at U.S. subsidiaries. The Lone Star State is home to more than 2,000 multinational operations that, at last count, employ more than 409,000. Major recent successes include: • Samsung’s decision to invest $3.6 billion in an expansion of its Fab 2 semiconductor manufacturing plant in Austin, which produces the dual-core A5 processor used in the iPhone and iPad. • Alcon Labs adding 750 jobs in Forth Worth in an $11 million expansion project to create a Finance Service Center for the company’s North American operations. • Atento, the world’s secondlargest call center company and a unit of the world’s secondlargest telecommunications

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Top Texas Export Categories and value of exports (2011) Petroleum And Coal Products: $51.7 billion

Chemicals: $46.6 billion

Computer And Electronic Products: $42.1 billion Machinery, Except Electrical $27.6 billion

Transportation Equipment: $22.1 billion

firm, expanding its San Antonio call center to 2,000 workers in 2012, up from fewer than 400. Texas Export Success Vernon Darko, founder and owner of EQUIPXP of Houston, wrote the book on successful exporting, literally. He is the author of Think, Act, Breathe Global and Grow Your Business, which educates readers on how to expand business globally. EQUIPXP specializes in the sale, finance and transport of quality new and used heavy equipment and parts for emerging markets. “Texas is good for us because the state supports international business, and Houston is such a great port city,” Darko says. “Also the cost of living is very comfortable, and Texas offers diversity in the business community, which we value as an international business.” EQUIPXP was named Minority Exporter of the Year by the Greater Houston Procurement Forum and was a 2010 recipient of the Presidential E-Star Award for excellence in global exporting.

Another Texas company recognized for its success in global exporting is Flexible Innovation Ltd. of Fort Worth. President Fred Antonini envisions his company’s egrips and digiclean products will be as globally ubiquitous as the Velcro and Post-It brands. Texas Promotes Business Egrips is a non-skid and nonslip product used on items ranging from cell phones to portable DVD players to golf clubs. Digiclean, just launched in 2011, is a micro-fiber screen cleaner for cell phones, computer screens, eyeglasses and more. Flexible Innovations is working with private companies in Africa, Australia, China, India, Japan, Russia, Greece, Germany and elsewhere to market and sell its products and its brand. Antonini was named Exporter of the Year in 2010 by the Small Business Administration’s Dallas-Fort Worth

District. He says Texas offers a business-friendly regulatory environment for companies like his and the state’s transportation assets, including the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and trucking access to Mexico, help companies get products distributed. “We can take a pallet load of our products to Dallas/Fort Worth and put it on a truck in the trade zone at the airport and it can travel to Mexico City to the airport where they can clear it for distribution,” Antonini says. “The total shipping and product cost can be reduced by 10 percent, which is significant.”

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One State, Many Flags foreign-owned companies make major investment in texas Texas is the destination of choice not only for U.S. companies but international companies as well. The Texas economy is diverse, with major concentrations in industries such as technology, energy, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. It’s also diverse in the geographic range of companies that have chosen the state as a business location. Data from consulting firm FDI Intelligence shows just how significant foreign direct investment has been for the Lone Star State. Between 2007 and 2011, Texas attracted 473 FDI projects from 43 different nations. Drawn by a strong economy, competitive business climate and central location within North America, more than 2,000 foreign multinational companies have established operations in Texas. U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies are major contributors to the national economy, and Texas is a large reason why. According to a report released in May 2012 by the Organization for International Investment, Texas is one of six states where direct and supply chain jobs from foreign-owned companies top 1 million. The report showed Texas ranked second among states in direct U.S. subsidiary jobs from foreign companies, with more than 409,000 workers at foreign-owned operations. The study pegged the number of direct and supply chain jobs in the state connected to foreign company operations at more than 2.2 million, producing an annual payroll of $133.5 billion. “Overall, for every direct job at U.S. subsidiaries, there are an additional 3 jobs in the U.S. economy as a result of supply chain and paycheck economic activity,” the report noted. “The supply chain and paycheck

impacts in certain sectors are much larger. In the manufacturing sector, there are an additional five jobs for every U.S. subsidiary employee.” Even during the global economic downdraft, Texas remained a magnet for foreign investment and job creation. The Office of the Governor report noted that during a two year period in 2009-2010, more FDI projects

were recorded in Texas than in all four previous years combined. The scope and diversity of the Texas economy can be seen in this statistic: Three Texas cities Houston, Dallas and Austin - are among the top 10 FDI destinations nationally and Texas is the only state to have three locations in the top 10.

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exas is at the crossroads of science and technology, a destination for worldclass biomedical research, biotechnology firms, medical device manufacturing and life science startups that deliver an impressive $75 billion annual economic impact statewide. Spearheading the innovation and growth are organizations such as the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. From its 200-acre campus in San Antonio, the institute unites hundreds of researchers and institutions around the world to focus on advances in the treatment and prevention of a host of diseases. Kenneth Trevett, the institute’s president and CEO, attributes the success of the Texas biotech industry to its roster of prized institutions with an outstanding tradition of innovation.

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Texas medical device manufacturing

800 15,200 Number of employees in the Texas medical device sector

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Texas: Medical Device Leader That success has caught the attention of companies across a range of biotech and life sciences specialties. Medical device manufacturer Hanger Inc., for one, relocated its prosthetic and orthopedic manufacturing company to Austin from Maryland in 2010. “We were drawn to the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas and especially of Austin,” says Hanger CEO Tom Kirk. “Our company has been in existence for nearly 150 years, but we still operate with the same values of entrepreneurial spirit, flexible operations and innovation that drove the founding of our company ... These same values are also evident in central Texas and that is why this metro area is one of the most dynamic regions in the world.” Kirk says Austin has provided ample networking and partnership opportunities, space for future growth, improved operational efficiency and an enhanced quality of life for corporate employees. In addition, Austin’s central U.S. location improved communication with Hanger’s national footprint of more than 700 patient-care clinics and supporting operational locations. The medical device sector of the Texas biotech industry has seen rapid growth. Surgical sutures, syringes, eye-care products, cardiac catheters and medication delivery systems are just some of the products made by the 800 medical device firms in the Lone Star State. In 2012, wound care and therapeutic support system manufacturer Kinetic Concepts

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“The bedrock of any vibrant biomedical sector is the creation of intellectual property in academic organizations, research institutes and research hospitals,” Trevett says. “New ideas generate new companies, well-paid jobs, and even patients from other parts of the country who want to be at a place where the most modern medical care is provided.”

Above: A researcher works in the genetics lab at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. Top left: Hanger Orthopedic Group, which manufactures orthotic and prosthetic-care devices, relocated to Austin in 2010.

moved into a new, 100,000square-foot global headquarters building in San Antonio. The 30-year-old medical technology company, which employs 2,000 people in San Antonio and more than 7,000 around the world, develops and manufactures high-technology therapies and products for the wound care, tissue regeneration and therapeutic support system markets. And Kinetic Concepts is in good company. Dallas-based Celanese is a specialty materials manufacturer whose products are

used in a variety of applications including medical products. In 2011, the Fortune 500 company expanded its headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, in part because of the availability of the skilled workforce it needed. Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark, a Fortune 500 consumer products giant, manufactures a cross-section of professional health-care and personal-care products around the globe. In Fort Worth, Alcon Laboratories manufactures and markets surgical equipment and b u s i n e ssc l i ma t e . c o m / t e x as


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88,500 Number of employees in the Texas biotech sector

3,400 Biotechnology-related manufacturing, research or testing firms in Texas

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devices, pharmaceuticals and vision-care products. The company, a subsidiary of French health-care company Novartis, employs more than 3,200 people in Fort Worth, where it has its research facilities. The company is undertaking an $11 million renovation and expansion of its Fort Worth campus that would add 750 jobs. Support for Texas Biomeds With more than 88,500 employees in over 3,400 companies statewide, Texas’ biomedical and life sciences industry is backed by a number of industry-specific networking and support organizations. The state undergirds biotech growth and innovation on a number of fronts. The Texas Emerging Technology Fund, created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 to promote growth of technology-oriented companies, has invested more than $233 million in biotechnology projects.


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In the Bryan-College Station area, home of Texas A&M University’s flagship campus, the Research Valley Partnership oversees an active bio corridor with ample services in place to support innovation. Texas A&M has built a global reputation for advances across a broad spectrum of life sciences. In 2012, the university was awarded one of three national biodefense contracts to develop vaccines to rapidly respond to and protect against influenza pandemics and conduct research and training for responding to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. In Georgetown, the Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center (TLCC) helps take companies with commercially viable biotechnology and life-sciences products to the next level. Founded in 2007, the center is now one of the most successful

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life science incubators in the state, and works closely with the Texas Healthcare Bioscience Institute, Southwestern University in Georgetown and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Round Rock. “As companies grow, we help nurture and give them every kind of assistance we can,” says Russ Peterman, TLCC executive director. In 2012, Peterman also helped launch the I-35 Texas Bio Corridor Alliance. Founded by a group of life science leaders from Interstate 35’s 275-mile stretch from San Antonio to Dallas, the alliance is helping accelerate commercial success and promote the corridor as a recognized global leader in the health-care industry. “This is an industry where collaboration is the norm, and we’re all in the same boat trying to recruit companies to Texas,” he says. “It’s a very exciting time for the state.”

Left and Above: The Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center, located in Georgetown, offers a number of services that help innovative companies launch and grow.

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Lab Leader World-changing medicine begins at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute San Antonio-based Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a leader in its field, is advancing global health through innovative research. “Texas Biomed preceded by decades the appearance of a medical school, dental school or graduate programs in biomedical disciplines in this city,” says Kenneth Trevett, institute president. “In many ways, it was the fountainhead of what has now become an international powerhouse of businesses, clinics, hospitals, universities and research institutions.” Located on a 200-acre campus in northwest San Antonio, Texas Biomed is home to 75 doctorallevel biomedical scientists including 28 principal investigators. Their 200-plus projects relate to genetics, virology and immunology, and nonhuman primates as models of disease. Resources include the Southwest National Primate Research Institute, which houses the largest baboon colony in the world, and the AT&T Genomics Computing Center, host to 8,000 processors. Texas Biomed also conducts human population studies across the globe, and has one of only four Level Four biocontainment laboratories in the United States, allowing researchers to study the deadliest of pathogens. “All of these resources, together with the skills of our scientists, are available to third parties in government, academia and the private sector,” Trevett says. Among Texas Biomed’s many accomplishments are development of a high-frequency ventilator to rescue premature babies, codevelopment of the current Hepatitis B vaccine, identification of genes that influence heart disease, diabetes and other common health problems, and development of vaccines, antibodies and antitoxins for deadly bioterrorism agents. – Melanie Kilgore-Hill

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Heads in the Cloud New avenues open up for Texas technology Story by Pamela Coyle


ith a rich legacy that includes the birthplace of the integrated circuit, Texas stands as a global leader in technology-related enterprise. The state’s advantages in skilled workforce, energy prices, reliable power and low business costs have attracted domestic and international technology interests. Just as it was with advancements in the early years of component development and during the telecommunications boom, Texas is ahead of the pack in


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data center development and cloud services innovation. Big Names, Big Business Computer and communications stalwarts with a substantial presence in Texas include Dell, Texas Instruments, HP Enterprise Services, Cisco, Alcatel USA, Nokia, Fujitsu Network Communications, AT&T, Verizon,, Google, Freescale Semiconductor and Ericsson. Apple is expanding its Texas footprint with a $304 million investment in a new campus in

Austin that will create upwards of 3,600 new jobs and more than double the company’s Texas workforce over the next decade. In total, Texas is home to nearly 28,000 high-tech establishments that employ more than 456,000 technology workers, second among all states. Payroll in 2010 was $38.7 billion, a number that will grow with new ventures and expansion of existing ones. In October 2011, Facebook doubled its office space in Austin, which had opened less than 18

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San Antonio-based Rackspace has invested more than $200 million since 2011 to add 12,000 servers for its customers.

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Cloud formations San Antonio has a highly developed cluster of data centers that includes Microsoft and Rackspace. Microsoft invested more than $550 million for a massive data center that opened there in 2008 to support its consumer and business services. Richardson in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is at the forefront of cloud services, the networkbased sharing of resources, software and information of which data centers are the backbone. Richardson’s Telecom Corridor already is home to players such as AT&T, Verizon Business, Digital Realty Trust and SunGard. VCE, a company formed by Cisco and EMC that has become a major player in cloud computing, established its headquarters in Richardson in 2011. Texas helped make the company’s $35 million capital investment possible with a $2.45 million TEF investment. “VCE is very pleased with its decision to locate its headquarters in Texas,” says Rick LaCroix, Left: Rackspace provides data hosting services to businesses. Right: VCE picked Richardson for its headquarters.

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months before. It is now Facebook’s largest North American operation outside of headquarters in California. Just a few months earlier, eBay announced that it would expand its 250-employee operations in Austin, including those of its PayPal subsidiary. The $5.2 million investment is anticipated to create more than 1,000 jobs over a 10-year period. eBay executives cited investments from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) and the City of Austin as being instrumental in its decision. Austin-based WindData plans to build a $70 million data center powered by renewable energy in Pflugerville within the next three years. The venture is part of a $210 million investment in a planned five-building, 50-acre data center campus.

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VCE’s director of corporate communications. “We expanded throughout 2011 and continued to do so into 2012. Richardson provides us with a large and experienced employee base, an international travel hub and room to expand.” San Antonio-based Rackspace is expanding in Richardson with leased space in Datacenter Park, a Digital Realty Trust property. Since 2011, Rackspace, a leading player in the market for cloud computing services, has invested more than $200 million to add more than 12,000 servers at its data centers to accommodate new cloud customers. The new space in Richardson, which was scheduled to open in September 2012, includes a private, 100-megawatt substation that provides wholesale rates, fiber-optic infrastructure and the availability of more space as Rackspace grows, says Jacques Greyling, COO of Rackspace.

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The company’s first center in the Metroplex, in Grapevine, is still operating. Reliable power and proximity are crucial for Rackspace customers. “It is nice to be in an area where power reliability is not a concern,” Greyling says. “Richardson has a very robust infrastructure when it comes to power,” says John Jacobs, vice president of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership. The region was on the forefront of the telecom boom 20 years ago, trademarking itself as the Telecom Corridor. The area already has 10 data centers, with three more under construction. “All of our technologies are very aligned with cloud computing. That is what has us on fire today,” Jacobs says. “I tell people I don’t know what will be next, but I know it will be here in Richardson.”

A New Prescription for Technology Texas companies lead in health information innovation Even before federal health-care reform and nearly $20 billion in incentives set aside by the federal government as part of the 2009 stimulus package, health-care information technology (HIT) was already big business in Austin. e-MDs, which started in 1996, develops software that offers an integrated suite of clinical and financial information management programs for physician practices and groups. The Austin-based company acquired a new 200,000 -square-foot facility in 2006, and today, more than 2,250 U.S. medical practices use the e-MDs software. Dell also has invested heavily in expanding its HIT business, and is now the largest player in the field, according to global analyst firm Gartner Inc. “It is an area where Dell can address long-standing gaps in the marketplace by making information easier to access and use,” says James Coffin, vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. In 2009, Dell acquired global information technology services provider Perot Systems, which had a major presence in serving health-care clients. In 2010, it announced it was acquiring cloudbased medical archiving leader InSite One Inc. Both acquisitions boosted Dell’s HIT portfolio, letting it tap into cloud computing to simplify information access and management, Coffin says. About 11,000 Dell employees worldwide are dedicated to the company’s health-care business lines, and Dell customers range from small physician practices to the largest health systems and pharmaceutical companies. As of December 2010, 71 percent of hospitals with the most advanced electronic medical record (EMR) adoption were Dell customers, Coffin says.

RNCOS, a market research company, forecasts that the U.S. HIT market will grow 24 percent a year through 2014, creating demand for qualified workers, as well as services. To answer the need, Texas universities banded together to create the PURE HIT consortium, which aims to increase the ranks of university-trained information

technology professionals in health care. The PURE-HIT consortium is led by Texas State University-San Marcos in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics. – Pamela Coyle

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Sky High Texas ignites aerospace, aviation innovation Story by M.V. Greene


rom the earliest efforts to get men off the ground, and then launch them into space, aviation and aerospace innovation has been synonymous with Texas. The state’s vast aviation and aerospace sector supports an everbroadening range of activities that encompass military and civilian sectors, general defense and homeland security, commercial aviation, manufacturing and space. Airplane and aerospace component manufacturing, pilot training, aircraft maintenance, military aircraft development and top-level aerospace research are all part of the landscape that numbers 1,665 establishments in Texas. The industry employs more than 200,000 workers at an average annual salary of over

$62,700, according to the Office of the Governor’s Texas Aerospace & Aviation Industry Report. Air transportation and aircraft manufacturing alone employ 58,000 and 36,800 workers, respectively. The legacy of the Lone Star State in military air defense dates to 1910, when the first-ever military flights took place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Today, Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing and Raytheon are among the globally known aerospace and defense companies with major Texas operations. At its Texas facilities, Lockheed Martin makes an array of military and defense products including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-35

Simulator, F-22 Raptor, Orion spacecraft and missiles. The company employs 20,000 workers in Texas, the largest concentration of Lockheed workers in any state. Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter employs nearly 7,000 workers at operations in Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Amarillo. Its product roster includes the V-22 Ospry, made in partnership with Boeing. Sikorsky Aircraft repairs and maintains its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in Corpus Christi and Beeville and is designing its newest version of the CH-53K helicopter in Fort Worth. Grand Prairie is the headquarters and major manufacturing center for American Eurocopter, the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer.

Left and above: SpaceX, which has extensive rocket development and testing operations in the Waco area, launched the first commercial spacecraft to successfully dock with the International Space Station.

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Texas Aerospace & Aviation Industry Facts • Texas has 1,665 aerospace and aviation industry establishments • Workforce for the sector totals 200,000 in the state • Lockheed Martin, the state’s largest aerospace company, employs 20,000 workers in Texas • Average annual income for an aerospace and aviation industry employee in Texas is $62,700 • The history of military aviation began in Texas in 1910, when the first-ever military flights occurred at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.


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American Eurocopter employs nearly 700 people in Grand Prairie. The company’s rotarywing helicopters are used by customers ranging from law enforcement to emergency medical service providers to tour operators and major companies. New Investment Soars Boeing Co., which has more than 6,000 employees in Texas, announced plans in January 2012 to add up to 400 additional jobs to its San Antonio-based operations for aircraft maintenance, modification and support on executive jets, including Air Force One – the Boeing 747s that ferry the president, vice president and other government officials. San Antonio is where the company’s aircraft maintenance and modification work is

performed on the C-17 Airlifter, KC-135 Refueling Tanker and C-130 transport aircraft. The site also is involved in work on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Boeing has more than 1,300 suppliers in Texas, with purchases of more than $1.9 billion annually. The company also has facilities in the Houston area supporting NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Bell Helicopter plans to build its next state-of-the-art commercial helicopter in Amarillo. Known as Magellan, the project is reportedly a $500 million investment designed to produce craft for long-range transport of 200 nautical miles out to sea. Spearheading industry efforts is the state’s Office of Aerospace, Aviation and Defense, which Gov. Rick Perry – a former Air Force

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Attracting Federal Contracts The strength and depth of the aerospace industry in Texas has helped draw a range of federal contracts. In 2009, the federal government supported contracts totaling more than $4.4 billion to companies conducting aerospacerelated R&D in Texas. Department of Defense contract dollars in the Lone Star State during fiscal year 2010 were more than $30.8 billion, nearly 6 percent of all defense contract spending nationwide. new ventures in space Texas is also attracting a number of new ventures related to

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pilot – created in 2003 to support the growing cluster and work with industry decision makers and other governmental agencies to coordinate development.

commercial space travel. Armadillo Aerospace in Heath, east of Dallas, develops reusable rocket-powered vehicles. It is developing a manned suborbital spacecraft for space tourism and will eventually offer orbital space flight. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, as it is known, designs and manufactures advanced rockets and space capsules. The company, headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., has extensive rocket development and testing operations in the Waco area. The company in spring 2012 launched the first commercial spacecraft, the SpaceX Dragon, to dock successfully with the International Space Station. In July 2012, XCOR Aerospace, which develops and produces reusable launch vehicles, rocket

engines and rocket propulsion systems, picked Midland International Airport as the headquarters location for its new Commercial Space Research and Development Center. The center’s work will focus on development of the suborbital Lynx vehicle, a two-seat vehicle that takes off and lands like a conventional aircraft. Johnson Space Center A crown jewel in Texas’ aerospace and aviation sector is the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. Since its establishment in 1961, the center has been at the crossroads of discoveries that have opened new frontiers in space exploration. NASA estimates the JSC and local aerospace contractors directly employ more than 18,000 b u s i n e ssc l i ma t e . c o m / t e x as


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civil service and contract workers, with an estimated gross payroll totaling $1.7 billion. BayTech: New Opportunities While the end of the Space Shuttle program meant rollbacks at the Johnson Space Center, an effort is under way to tap the expertise of more than 3,500 former space program personnel. Kim Morris, director of the Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, or BayTech, a nonprofit group that links business and academic participants to create technology solutions for federal agencies and the private sector, says preserving the aura of space exploration in Texas is a priority. “These people are highly trained professionals – ‘superstar’ technologists – possessing the intellectual capability to develop breakthrough technologies in energy, life science, IT, the privatization of space and in other arenas,” she says. BayTech has received $500,000 to fund the Texas Innovation Program, which will help link these highly skilled aerospace workers with private-sector partners to create new companies, expand existing businesses, add jobs and keep that expertise in the state. “These men and women, and the groundbreaking technology they have developed, are important resources for the Houston area and our state,” Perry said in announcing the award. “We want to keep them here, and the opportunities created by this partnership will help link these men and women with innovative companies that can bring more technologies to market.” Morris says the consortium will seek to “create collaborative partnerships designed to discover new technology solutions which will, ultimately, lead to new commercial products and services.”

Left: Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth

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Flight Assisted Texas schools stock aviation, aerospace talent pool Texas’ burgeoning aviation and aerospace cluster is bolstered by equally robust education and training. Home to nearly 1,500 Federal Aviation Administration-approved airports and the headquarters for Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, Texas is ideal for students interested in the sector. Twenty-three college- and university-level aeronautical programs are offered in Texas, while 36 public high schools offer aeronautical courses. The FAA has approved 13 maintenance technology schools in the state.

At UT-Arlington, for instance, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department conducts research in disciplines such as transonic, supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics.

Professionalism, Discipline Rowland, a pilot for more than 40 years, says institutions stress that aviation and aerospace careers

bring with them great responsibility – an “esprit de corps.” “Whether you are maintaining an aircraft, flying an aircraft or controlling an aircraft, a mistake in our industry can very easily end up in a fatality. There is professionalism and a discipline about aviation that we impart to the students who are here,” Rowland says. – M.V. Greene

Aggressive Job Market James Rowland, director of the aerospace division at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco, the state’s largest provider of aerospace programs, says educational institutions are responding to an aggressive job market that covets highly skilled and trained workers. TSTC provides hands-on training in aircraft pilot training, air traffic control, aircraft dispatch, maintenance and avionics. Courses, which include use of training aircraft and flight simulators, are FAA-approved and taught by FAA-certified staff with industry support. “Our role is to be responsive to the workforce and train the workforce for the aviation community,” Rowland says.

Top-Level Research Among major institutions, the University of Texas at Austin spends about $10.8 million annually to support aviation and aerospace research, Texas A&M University about $4 million, the University of Texas at Arlington $3.6 million and Rice University almost $2.5 million, according to the Office of the Governor’s Texas Aerospace & Aviation Industry Report.

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n Texas, the manufacturing sector thrives on muscle and smarts. The Lone Star State has built an impressive industrial sector humming with investment and new jobs across a gamut of manufacturing, from cars and trucks to heavy machinery and aerospace products, furniture, medical equipment, sophisticated electronics and computers. Across the state, state-of-the-art processes and leading-edge technology are being harnessed by manufacturers to improve efficiency and productivity. That’s no surprise

in a state whose legacy of manufacturing innovation includes the birthplace of the integrated circuit at Texas Instruments. Manufacturing Means Good Jobs Manufacturing is in a comeback mode, and nowhere is that more true than Texas. Manufacturers gained 23,300 jobs here from February 2011 to February 2012, according to Texas A&M University research. More than 854,000 workers were employed in the sector as of May 2012, up from about 754,000 in 2009. Forbes magazine in December

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manufacturing jobs by state (seasonally adjusted, as of may 2012) Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

michigan: 523,500

wisconsin: 451,600

ohio: 658,000

new york: 458,500 pennsylvania: 568,000

Illinois: 594,000 indiana: 484,700

california: 1.25 Million

north carolina: 435,800

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texas: 854,000

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2011 ranked Houston No. 1, San Antonio No. 4 and Dallas No. 15 on its Best Cities for Manufacturing list, which was based on job growth in heavy manufacturing segments such as automobiles, farm and energy equipment, and aerospace. Forbes noted that Houston was just one of four metros to show net job growth in manufacturing over the past decade. Its manufacturing clout is fueling Texas’ robust growth in exports, where it has led all states in export volume for 10 straight years.

General Motors, Toyota The automobile industry highlights the state’s manufacturing muscle. The auto industry corridor, which runs along Interstate 35 from Mexico at Laredo through

Dallas-Fort Worth, developed in part from activity stemming from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The presence includes a roster of auto-related components manufacturers and major assembly operations for General Motors and Toyota, and truck manufacturers such as Navistar in Garland and Peterbilt in Denton. GM has operated a sprawling assembly operation in Arlington for more than 58 years. The 3.75 million-square-foot plant, which turns out sport utility vehicles including the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, will soon include a state-of-the-art stamping facility to produce metal body parts, adding 180 new jobs to the 2,400-worker payroll.

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Toyota came to San Antonio in 2006. In 2010, the automaker announced a $100 million expansion and the addition of 1,000 jobs. The plant now employs 2,800 workers who make Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. In total, the state’s 479 automotive-related manufacturers employed 32,662 workers through the fall of 2011, with an average annual wage of $52,566. Business Friendly A host of automotive-related companies are finding the climate in Texas ideal for expansion. Specialty vehicle equipment company Continental Automotive is undergoing a $113 million expansion to its Seguin manufacturing facility, adding more than 300 jobs for a new automotive sensor production line. The company’s power train line in Seguin employs 1,400 workers.

“Texas is a very business-friendly state. It creates a very positive environment for business. We have great people. The values that are found in this region means you have a good formula for success for business,” says Scott Williams, plant manager at the Seguin facility, which opened in 1972. Engines of another sort are helping to drive manufacturing growth in Fort Worth. General Electric Transportation will invest more than $190 million on two projects in the city. One is a 900,000-square-foot manufacturing complex that will create jobs for 500 workers to build locomotive engines. The other is a 236,000 -square-foot plant that will build electric-drive wheel systems for huge off-road vehicles used in mining and other industries, creating 130 jobs. A GE Transportation spokeswoman says the company

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Left: Continental Automotive in Seguin Above: GE Manufacturing Solutions, a wholly owned entity of General Electric Co., will manufacture Evolution® Series locomotives at its new facility in Fort Worth, which is scheduled to open in late 2012.

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The following sites (with utilities included) are now available at our industrial park:

believes Fort Worth “offers top talent with the skill sets and depth of experience necessary” to operate the high-tech facilities. Innovation is part of the city’s fabric in Austin. In December 2011, Superconductor Technologies Inc., which produces high temperature superconducting materials and associated technologies, announced it would relocate its corporate headquarters from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Austin. Global heavy equipment powerhouse Caterpillar has several Texas manufacturing operations, including in Seguin

and the Waco area. In Waco, Caterpillar operates some 2.1 million square feet of space spread among four facilities for global and regional logistics, and tool and equipment manufacturing. “We like to say we are still a market where we make things. There are a lot of really advanced products from pharmaceuticals to transportation equipment to aerospace made here in Waco. We continue to nurture that part of our economy,” says Sarah Roberts, senior vice president, Economic Development, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Left and above: Caterpillar operates four facilities in Waco for global and regional logistics and distribution work, as well as tool and equipment manufacturing. The company’s Waco facilities are responsible for approximately 500 jobs in the area.

1.772 acres 1.00 acres 2.25 acres 9.28 acres We have an additional expansion site that is approximately 30 acres. Contact: Joe Cardenas City of Uvalde P.O. Box 799 Uvalde, TX 78802 (830) 278-3315

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exas agriculture is feeding and clothing the world with its rich harvest of resources. With an annual economic impact exceeding $100 billion, agriculture is the second-largest resource-based industry in the state. Additionally, the major portion of Texas land is used for agricultural production. Texas counts 247,500 farms and ranches that cover 130.4 million acres – leading the nation in both categories.

Nature, Network and Nurture With a long growing season, Texas is home to 247,000 farms and ranches.


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varied climate and diverse soil varieties, an excellent transportation system, supportive state and local governments and a skilled workforce, the Texas agriculture industry has all the ingredients for success. Along with growing crops and raising livestock, Texas also is home to an immense food processing industry, comprised of 1,700 different companies employing nearly 90,000 workers. Among major food companies in the state are Frito-Lay, Cargill, Pilgrim’s Pride, Dean Foods and Tyson.

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The 130 million acres of agricultural land in Texas contribute toward an annual economic impact of $100 billion from the industry in the state.

“Something we often overlook is the role agriculture plays in our state and national economies,” says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “This industry is a powerhouse of productivity and part of the foundation of our economy. Our farmers and ranchers work hard every day to stimulate that economy at both the state and national levels.” Texas leads the nation in the production of cattle, cotton, sheep and wool, goats and mohair. Cotton is the state’s most valuable cash crop, generating more than 13 percent of its total agricultural receipts and 41 percent of the nation’s cotton revenues.

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Other important crops are greenhouse and nursery products, corn for grain, hay and wheat. Texas is also a leading producer of vegetables, sorghum grain, peanuts, rice and sugarcane. It ranks in the top three of pecan-producing states annually and also is a major producer of watermelons, grapefruit and cantaloupes. Texas Cattle Lead the Nation Texas also leads the nation for total livestock and livestock product receipts. Beef cattle are the largest source of agricultural revenue in Texas, accounting for 37 percent of the state’s agricultural income. Texas is home to 13 percent of the nation’s cattle and ranks first in the country in the value of cattle raised. Other important livestockrelated products include broilers and dairy products.

Agriculture & Livestock Production in Texas (2010 values)

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$2.6 billion Cotton

$2.2 billion Poultry & Eggs

$1.5 billion Milk & Dairy Products

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“Texas has so many diverse resources to meet the world’s demand for food,” says Mark Welch, Texas Agrilife Extension economist at Texas A&M University. “I believe the long-term prospects for the Texas farmer and rancher are very bright.” Cattle ranching is the biggest segment of Texas agriculture. David Anderson, Texas Agrilife Extension economist at Texas A&M in livestock marketing, says the Lone Star State has a solid infrastructure to support the cattle industry, with feedlots and processing plants located near farming areas. While Texas has been challenged in recent years by severe drought conditions, farmers and ranchers supported by institutions like Texas A&M have learned to adapt. One example has been the development of more droughtresistant strains of corn and sorghum. “The Texas farmer and rancher has always been an early adapter of technology and this recent challenge with the drought is no exception,” says James Sartwelle, director of public policy for the Texas Farm Bureau. Bumper Crop in Exports Agricultural economists are particularly optimistic about exports of products from the state. Texas agricultural exports totaled upward of $8.2 billion in 2011, more than double what they were in 2009. Texas agriculture is particularly benefiting from recent trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia. Beef exports from Texas totaled $4.6 billion in 2011, up 34 percent from 2010. The leading export partners of Texas beef are Mexico, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Economists forecast shipments of beef overseas will climb as the standard of living in many countries, particularly in Asia, continues to increase.

A Full Menu Texas is a leader in agriculture and food processing. The Lone Star State’s food and beverage companies include such well-known names as Dean Foods, Frito-Lay and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Some 1,700 food-related companies employing nearly 90,000 workers operate in Texas and turned out products valued at $39.3 billion in 2011.

Blue Bell Based in Brenham, Blue Bell has been in operation since 1907. The company sells its ice cream and novelties such as frozen fruit bars at retail and grocery locations in 20 states including Texas.

Campbell Soup Co. The iconic soup maker has a location in Paris in East Texas, where it operates a processing and production facility for its soup, juice and prepared sauce lines.

Ocean Spray In Sulphur Springs, Ocean Spray’s beverage plant operates around the clock in 210,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. Ocean Spray produces up to 18 million cases of its beverages each year in Sulphur Springs.

Tyson Foods The meat, pork and poultry processor and food production company has 10 locations in Texas including beef processing, poultry processing, prepared foods and animal nutrition operations.

Texas is a major producer of crops, including corn, cotton and sorghum.

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exas has a talent for creating jobs. Since 2008, the Lone Star State has led the nation in total jobs added, and the state’s aggressive incentives package has played an integral role in that economic success. One of the key incentives offered is the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, which encourages local communities to partner with the state in job creation efforts and capital investment, particularly in economically distressed areas. Approved projects are eligible to apply for state sales and use tax refunds on qualified expenditures. Since its inception in 1988, 802 qualified businesses have received an enterprise project designation, which generated commitments of $48.1 billion in capital investment, created 139,148 new, permanent jobs and retained 144,476 existing jobs, says Joe H. Morin, manager of business incentives with the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division. The incentive supports projects such as the expansion of the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches County. The savings in sales and use taxes supported the upgrade of rooms, addition of nursing stations and installation of an energy-efficient roof.

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Below and right: The Kelly Aviation Center, a joint venture of Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin and GE Aviation in San Antonio, underwent a $20 million expansion that was eligible for Texas Enterprise Zone program assistance.

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“Without this incentive, we would probably have to kick a few of these projects down the road. On the technology side, we will always stay on the forefront of the medical technology, but in terms of upgrading our facility, this allows us to do that cost effectively,” says Clay Farell, director of business development. San Antonio has also utilized the program in the past 24 months for projects including: Baptist Health System’s $85 million expansion at its Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, which will create 700 jobs. Holt Texas LTD, an authorized Caterpillar dealer, which is investing $10 million to expand its headquarters and office operations and retain 500 full-time jobs. Kelly Aviation Center, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce, which is investing $20 million in its aerospace facility at Port San Antonio to expand operations and retain 476 jobs. Projects receive funds based on investment and jobs created and/ or retained. Kelly Aviation Center, for example, qualifies for up to

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$1.1 million in state sales and use tax refunds. The requirement that companies fill from 25 percent to 35 percent of the jobs with local residents who are economically disadvantaged provides an extra economic boost to communities and the state. “The Enterprise Zone Program creates opportunities for local communities, Texas-based businesses and the state of Texas to create partnerships that foster job creation and economic growth,” Morin says. “TEZ provides tax incentives to businesses that locate in economically distressed areas and employ economically disadvantaged individuals, and local communities benefit from increased tax revenues.” Local Texas Enterprise Zone administrators reported that for fiscal year 2011, participating communities received $59.4 million in net revenue from participating businesses in the form of local sales taxes, local property taxes and other taxes. Brenda Clear, program specialist in the Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division, points to a recent TEZ designation for General Motors Co. in Arlington, which is home to a plant that manufactures the Chevy Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon. GM is investing $331 million over the next five years to upgrade the facility and add 133,000 square feet. The project means the retention of more than 2,300 jobs and the creation of 110 new ones. Specifically, GM will upgrade and replace machinery, equipment and special tooling at the Arlington plant and add space to install equipment for its Next Generation Full Size SUV line. “It’s important to note that this program focuses on creating new jobs and retaining existing jobs,” Clear says.

Texas Enterprise Zone At a Glance The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the state to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of Texas. Communities may nominate projects for a designation period of up to five years. Projects that qualify for designation are eligible for a refund of state sales and use taxes of up to $3.75 million over five years based on investment and the creation or retention of jobs. Texas awards a maximum of 105 project designations every two-year period.

The Texas Enterprise Zone program aided an $85 million expansion at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

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Deal Sealers Key incentives attract jobs, investment to Texas The competition is fierce when it comes to attracting companies the caliber of eBay, Caterpillar, TD Ameritrade, Facebook and Samsung, and with incentives like the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) and Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF), the Lone Star State is in it to win it. The largest deal-closing fund of its kind in the nation, TEF is a cash grant for projects that create jobs and result in substantial capital investment. TEF comes into play to tip the scale when a company is choosing between a single site in Texas and a viable out-of-state option.

In March 2012, a TEF award of $21 million sealed the deal with Apple Inc. to invest $304 million in a new campus in Austin and add over 3,600 workers over the next decade. A cash grant of $2.8 million helped lure eBay to Austin with a commitment of 1,050 jobs. Texas awarded more than $465 million in cash grants through TEF as of April 2012 to create more than 62,000 new jobs and bring in more than $21.4 billion in capital investment. Creating jobs in technology fields is a high priority in Texas, and the TETF grants help make that happen by focusing on three key areas:

commercialization for early stage investments in new, technologybased, private entrepreneurial entities that collaborate with public or private institutions of higher education in Texas; matching funds to help secure money flowing from outside the state; and money to assist higher education institutions recruit top researchers. More than $1.3 billion of outside investment in technology companies and university research has been attracted to Texas because of TETF, says Jonathan Taylor, the fund’s director. – Betsy Williams

TEXAS EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND awards percentage by industry sector source:

47% Biotechnology & Life Science

18% Computers & Info Technology

52 Number of world-class researchers who came to Texas higher education institutions because of the TETF



Total number of TETF awards since 2005

$370+ million


Total amount awarded to TETF winners since 2005

$1.35+ billion Additional amount of private and public funding raised by TETF award winners since 2005

15% Advanced Technology & Manufacturing

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Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site in El Paso features a series of mythological designs and human and animal figures etched on some 5,000 rocks.


exas is an outdoor playground filled with adventure, scenic splendor and boundless opportunities to hike, bike, hunt, fish, boat, swim or just beach it. Spectacular outdoor attractions are commonplace in the state, where mountains, canyons, rock formations, caves, forests, rivers and beaches are just some of the natural sites.

Texas offers 90 state parks and treasures such as Sam Houston and Sabine national forests, as well as Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, Devil’s River State Natural Area in southwestern Texas and the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site in El Paso County. More than 225,000 people visit Fredericksburg annually to explore the formations at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

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TX recreation: By the numbers

624 Miles of coastline in Texas

90 Number of state parks in Texas

191 Miles of rivers and streams in Texas for freshwater fishing

70+ Working and guest ranches in Texas


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Clockwise from left: Diablo East section of Lake Amistad National Recreation Area; Lake Amistad National Recreation Area; Dinosaur track at Dinosaur Valley State Park; Devil’s River State Natural Area

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Dinosaur Tracks Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world, and visitors can camp, hike and mountain bike. There are also two huge fiberglass dinosaur models on display. “Three sets of actual dinosaur tracks are easily visible along the riverbed,” says Nathanael Gold, Dinosaur Valley State Park assistant ranger.

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“It is the third-largest natural rock formation in the United States, and many people travel here to climb to its summit,” says Sara Gutierrez, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area office manager. “In addition, there is hiking and primitive camping, and being a natural area, we don’t alter nature in any way. We don’t kill snakes or bugs, or cut down trees. It’s a beautiful attraction in the Texas Hill Country.”

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Big Bend National Park is designated as an international biosphere reserve, with backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating and hiking in a primitive setting. Natural Bridge Caverns near New Braunfels and Cascade Caverns in Boerne are both subterranean wonders that each accommodate underground tours. For specific summer getaways, Garner State Park in Concan is one of the most popular outdoor venues in Texas, with swimming, fishing, paddling and tubing, as well as hiking, nature trails and bird watching. Another warmweather destination is Lake Amistad in Del Rio, with a variety of water sports on the upper stretches of the Rio Grande River. Clockwise from bottom left: Lake Amistad National Recreation Area; Garner State Park in Concan; Cascade Caverns, which features a 100-foot waterfall


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Top: South Padre Island features a barrier reef that spans more than 30 miles and offers kiteboarding, windsurfing and more. Bottom: Waterskiing at Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir in Victoria, which provides 61 miles of shoreline.


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Birds and Sea Turtles Padre Island National Seashore spans 70 miles south from Corpus Christi along the Gulf of Mexico, with some of the most remote seashore to be found anywhere. “A majority of people who visit are probably attracted to the solitude, thanks to the long expanse of undeveloped beach property,” says William Botts, Padre Island National Seashore education coordinator. “It is protected by the National Parks Service, and about 500,000 tourists a year visit the seashore. Many people utilize the site multiple times, especially fishermen.” Botts says Padre Island is not only excellent for recreation, but is a critical wildlife habitat. “Nearly 400 species of birds annually inhabit Padre Island National Seashore, which is almost half of all bird species that have been documented in North America,” he says. “We also oversee a Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program that is part of an overall global effort to help recover populations of threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Families – especially with little kids – love seeing the little turtles that flourish here.”

Muleshoe, texas

“Where Progress is Routine” BuSineSS Friendly CoMMuniTy • Atmosphere that welcomes growth and innovation • Access to three major highways and railroad riCh in heriTAge & PreServATion • Muleshoe heritage Center • Muleshoe Wildlife refuge

Cowpokes Welcome

• “old Pete”– only national memorial to the mule

Working ranches let you harness your inner cowboy Texas has more than 70 working ranches, and many welcome visitors to enjoy vacations in their rustic, outdoor settings. The ranches offer an authentic experience and the chance to see Texas longhorns, horses, sheep and beautiful scenery, plus watch real cowboys tend to the stock. One popular destination is Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, which actually has the old Chisholm Trail running through the middle of its acreage. “We are a kind of resort for couples or families who like a rustic nature experience,” says Donna Martin, Beaumont Ranch spokesperson. “Guests can watch cowboys work the horses and cattle, and visitors will also enjoy our spa and salon, a cafe, ATV rides and the longest zip line in Texas.”

Hey, Dude One of most recognized destination cities in Texas for a working ranch experience is Bandera, known as the Cowboy Capital of the World. One of its venues, Dixie Dude Ranch, has welcomed visitors from all over the world for more than 50 years. Guests have access to horseback riding, western meals and comfortable lodging, while watching cowboys work the longhorn cattle, Spanish goats and pigs. The 725-acre expanse is a popular destination for school trips, summer family vacations and even Texas Hill Country honeymoons.

Fish a Shaded River Also in Bandera is Twin Elm Guest Ranch, where visitors ride trails on horseback with a horse best suited to their age and ability – including youngsters. Visitors to Twin Elm can fish a shaded river, swim in a private pool, play basketball, or go indoors to play air hockey or ping pong. Other activities include tubing, hiking trails, birding and even a Friday Night Rodeo. For more information on the ranch experience in Texas, go to – Kevin Litwin

CoMMuniTy • new water park • golf course • disc golf • recognized school district

AgriCulTure • Beef cattle • dairy cattle • Crop production • established businesses to support industry

Muleshoe econoMic DevelopMent corporation

215 S. First Muleshoe, TX 79347 (806) 272-7455

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More Than Hot Air Texas wind capacity generates more manufacturing Story by Pamela Coyle


hough a state with deep roots in traditional energy, Texas’ commitment to a diversified energy portfolio has led it to become a global leader in renewable energy research and production. The Lone Star State already has installed more wind power than any other state and all but five countries, and growth in wind-related manufacturing adds to its portfolio as a powerhouse in this sector. The state is also an emerging player in solar


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power generation, with a solar power potential that is top-ranked nationally. But wind keeps making waves. In March 2012, General Dynamics, for example, announced it will move into the Texas market with its SATCOM Technologies Inc. business unit and manufacture 500-kilowatt wind turbines in Longview and Kilgore. The company will produce turbines for North American, South American, African, U.S. territory and military markets.

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Wind Energy Capacity By State – Through Q4 2011

texas: 10,337 mw

california: 3,927 mw

iowa: 4,322 mw

Wind Leads the Way Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems LLC is making 80-meter wind towers in San Angelo to fill both domestic and international orders, says Richard Phillips, president of Hirschfeld Industries. The partnership of the Martifer Group, based in Portugal, and Hirschfeld Wind Energy Solutions has grown to a staff of nearly 190. “We are working almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that is good,” Phillips says. The legion of manufacturing and service companies connected to the wind energy business in Texas supported more than 8,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2010, and brought in $110 million in annual property tax payments, plus $30 million in annual land lease payments. Wind is one slice of a robust clean energy sector that ranked second among all states in the percentage growth of clean energy jobs in a 10-year period from 1997 to 2008. Statewide, more than 4,800 companies engaged in wind, solar, biofuel and other renewable energy sources employ more than 55,600 workers. That presence will surely grow.

illinois: 2,743 mw

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minnesota: 2,733 mw

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The Texas Wind Energy Workforce Assessment, a 309page report released in December 2011, found wind-related companies “very bullish about the market,� says Andy Swift, director of the Texas Wind Energy Institute at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock. Among the 50 companies that responded, 64 percent intend to expand their workforce between now and 2016, he says. Both onshore and offshore activity will expand and fuel a projected 35 percent increase in wind-related employment, the study found.

Wind Workforce in Place Texas Tech is bullish on wind, too. At its Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Research Center, students and faculty are engaged in top-level research on harvesting wind energy efficiently and mitigating wind-related damage. Top and bottom: Employees complete research at the Texas Wind Energy Institute at Texas Tech University (TTU). b u s i n e ssc l i ma t e . c o m / t e x as


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Projects include a 200-meter meteorological tower to document wind properties and study lowlevel jets and other atmospheric events. Two state-of-the-art mobile radar stations observe fine-scale atmospheric motions, and The West Texas Mesonet, a network of atmospheric monitoring stations, provides real-time weather reports for agricultural, wind energy and other needs. TTU also has workforce training covered. Approved in August 2011, the bachelor of science in wind energy program already has 70 students as declared majors. The degree includes broad coursework from education on the characteristics of wind to instruction on project development and management. Another 20 students are on the Ph.D. track in wind science and engineering, Swift says. Both degrees are the first such U.S. offerings, he adds. “The program has really taken off.”

major texas wind energy generation projects Name • Location County • Installed Capacity in Megawatts Roscoe Wind Farm • Nolan, Mitchell, Scurry, Fisher • 782 Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center • Taylor, Nolan • 736 Capricorn Ridge • Sterling, Cooke • 663 Sweetwater • Nolan • 585 Buffalo Gap • Nolan, Taylor • 523 Panther Creek • Howard • 458 Peñascal Wind Farm • Kenedy • 404 Lone Star Wind Farm • Shackelford • Callahan • 400 Papalote Creek Wind Farm • San Patricio • 380 Sherbino Wind Farm • Pecos • 300 Source: American Wind Energy Association, Wind Today, as of 1/12

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The texas interconnection the lone star state is buzzing with electricity Texas is the only state in the nation with its own power grid. The Texas Interconnection is operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the flow of electric power to 23 million Texas customers – 85 percent of the state’s electric load. This grid connects 40,500 miles of transmission lines and more than 550 generation

units – and ERCOT schedules all power delivery. The membership-based, nonprofit entity also handles financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 6.6 million locations. Both the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature provide oversight.

Approximately 23 million Texas residents are served by the Texas Interconnection power grid, which is operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

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Secure Location San Antonio is epicenter of cyber safety innovation Story by Pamela Coyle


exas is indeed a border state, but one of the biggest national security issues has nothing to do with lines on a map and everything to do with technology that makes such traditional borders irrelevant. The war on cyber terror is big business in Texas, and San Antonio is its epicenter. Academic, military and privatesector enterprises have formed a growing cyber security cluster that is not only sophisticated, but significant in terms of regional

economic impact. San Antonio is recognized as a national leader in the field, second only to Washington D.C., in the number of cyber security professionals. Air Force Cyber Command In San Antonio alone, the economic impact of IT and cyber security is estimated at $10 billion, a figure expected to reach $15 billion by 2015. The sector employs at least 20,000 people. An even more telling figure: 7,500 people in the San Antonio area have TS/SCI

clearance from the federal government – Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. The U.S. Air Force’s Cyber Command is at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base, where it has a military and civilian staff of more than 400 that monitor all USAF computer and satellite assets. Related military programs in the region include the National Security Agency/ Central Security Service Texas Cryptologic Center; Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and

The Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio was established in 2007. Photo Courtesy of UTSA

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Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio is headquarters for the Air Force Cyber Command. A staff of 400 military and civilian personnel monitors Air Force computers.

Reconnaissance Agency; and Air Force Electronic Warfare School. “This area is going very well, with NSA investments and the Air Force Cyber Command. They are growing and going to attract many private contracting operations,” says Mario Hernandez, president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. San Antonio already is home to about 80 private companies dedicated to cyber and IT security including Science Application International, Denim Group, GlobalScape, LMI, Booz Allen Hamilton and General Dynamics. “Business develops here because there are market opportunities,” Hernandez says. “We also are making an investment in education to produce the workforce needed in the future as the need grows.” Academic resources Local higher education institutions have strong cyber security programs. For example, Our Lady of the Lake, a private

university, offers a master’s degree in computer information systems and security. Housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio are two major research centers related to cybersecurity – the Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) and the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS). CIAS created the Dark Screen cybersecurity exercise, the first in nation to evaluate a city’s ability to respond to a cyber attack. In 2007, a $3.5 million competitive grant through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) led to the formation of the ICS. Professor Ravi Sandhu, a world-renowned cyber-security researcher and entrepreneur, became the institute’s founding executive director. The ICS has built two world-class academic research laboratories dedicated to studying current and emerging cyber security issues and has attracted a staff with deep cyber security expertise and

San antonio and cyber security

2 Rank in the U.S. in concentration of data centers (including Microsoft Regional Mega Center)

900 Number of Department of Labordesignated IT companies

80+ Companies in the San Antonio Defense Technology Cluster

56,000+ Science and technology workers

20,000 IT-related jobs

7,500 Personnel with Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance

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Top: Lackland Air Force Base is among the many military and defense assets in San Antonio with cyber security-related missions. Bottom: At work at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Cyber Security

experience in business, government and academics. Among the institute’s research sponsors are the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research and Department of Homeland Security. The center is a leading-edge innovator in cyber security research. Its FlexCloud is one of the first dedicated academic research environments focused on security challenges surrounding cloud computing, the online network of shared applications and software. An Internet-connected research environment known as FlexFarm gives researchers a dedicated platform to study malware programs and methods for improving detection, response times to infections and effective removal techniques. B u s i n e ss C l i ma t e . c o m / T e x as


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Left and above: The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Cyber Security

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The CIAS looks at near-term operational issues, from now to five years out. It trains city, county and state governments across the country how to create their own cyber security model and community response. Director Greg White uses scenarios to get stakeholders thinking about potential threats, the chain of notification and the appropriate response. In one exercise, a suspicious vehicle is spotted driving around the same city block 20 times. The driver had computer equipment trying to hack into a wireless connection point. “What would you expect the (police) officer to do?” White asks. “Who should be notified? What is on that block?”


All Access Pass Texas transportation assets provide access for people, goods Story by John Fuller


o matter what it is or where it has to go, Texas can get it there, thanks to a world-class transportation infrastructure that has few rivals. With its sophisticated and integrated system of interstates and highways, deep-water ports, rail service and commercial airports, the Lone Star State provides timely movement of people, goods and services to national and international markets. The state is a global logistics and distribution leader, with more

than 231,000 workers employed in the sector. Lone Star Logistics Leaders Master-planned logistic complexes in Fort Worth and San Antonio, for example, have effectively coordinated highcapacity industrial airports, rail service and interstate highways to support a host of global businesses. Fort Worth Alliance Airport is a public-use airport located in the AllianceTexas master-planned community. Alliance Airport is

the world’s first purely industrial airport, covering nearly 1,200 acres and accommodating air cargo, corporate aviation and military needs. The entire AllianceTexas complex, developed by Dallas-based Hillwood, a Perot company, is home to 265 companies and more than 30,000 employees. The Foreign Trade Zone at Alliance Airport is the top general purpose FTZ in the United States in terms of the value of foreign goods admitted. Port San Antonio industrial

Above and to the right: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport served more than 57.8 million passengers in 2011.

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Port San Antonio, which features an airport with a runway that extends 11,500 feet, can be accessed by two Class I rail carriers and three interstate highways. photo by Brian M Cord c

airport at Kelly Field is a masterplanned, 1,900-acre industrial complex and international logistics center. Created from the former Kelly Air Force Base, the port’s strategic location makes it an ideal logistics platform for U.S., Mexican and South American markets. With an 11,500-foot runway and more than 7.7 million square feet of industrial space, Port San Antonio has drawn a roster of companies including global aerospace leaders such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, StandardAero and Pratt & Whitney. About 14,000 employees work at Port San Antonio, which has a customer base centered on industries that are robust and show promising growth, both regionally and

internationally, says Bruce E. Miller, president and chief executive officer of Port San Antonio. “Just as importantly, the port has been working closely with our aerospace customers for years to support their pressing workforce needs,” he says. For example, Port San Antonio has formed partnerships with Alamo Colleges, a five-member system of community colleges in the region, to provide educational and career training programs for local residents. In April 2012, for example, Port San Antonio and Alamo Colleges announced a $5 million training partnership that expands programs at Alamo’s St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus adjacent to

Texas Air By the Numbers

380 Number of airports in Texas

26 Airports offering commercial service

57.8 million Total passengers handled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2011

10,500 Employees in Texas for Dallasbased Southwest Airlines, out of a total of about 35,000

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Top U.S. Ports (by cargo volume handled in 2010, in tons) 1. Port of South Louisiana, LA

236,262,069 2. Port of Houston, TX

227,133,231 3. Port of New York and New Jersey

139,198,215 4. Port of Beaumont, TX

76,958,592 5. Port of Long Beach, CA

75,434,788 6. Port of Corpus Christi, TX

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The Port of Houston spans 25 miles and is one of the busiest ports in the world.

the port complex. The college is acquiring a 40,000-square-foot building and 30 acres from Port San Antonio for $5.1 million. The partnership allows Alamo Colleges to pay cash for the property or pay in the form of cash credits for placing graduates with aerospace companies located at the port. Texas continues to be a magnet for transportation and logistics, drawing new investment and jobs. In spring 2012, LinkAmerica, a regional asset-based transportation and logistics services provider, established its headquarters in Fort Worth, opening a 24,000-square-foot corporate office and training center and creating 140 jobs. “The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the largest logistics hubs in the nation, and LinkAmerica must have a presence in this market in order to enhance our position in the industry,” says John Simone, chief executive officer of LinkAmerica. “Close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and immediate access to major interstates strengthen our ability to pursue, and achieve, our long-term

7. Port of New Orleans, LA

72,410,730 8. Port of Hampton Roads, VA

62,408,600 9. Port of Los Angeles, CA


strategic growth plan.” Indeed, Texas is blanketed by a network of airports, 380 total, including 26 with commercial service, giving the state the second-largest airport system in the nation. DFW was the world’s eighth-busiest airport in passenger traffic and fourthbusiest in total movements in 2010. The airport handled 57.8 million passengers in 2011. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport was the world’s sixth-busiest airport in total movements and 21st busiest in the world in passenger traffic in 2010, handling nearly 40.5 million total passengers. Two of the world’s largest airlines are headquartered in Texas. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, a pioneer in low-cost air travel, employs more than 10,500 people in the state as part of its 35,000-member workforce. American Airlines moved its headquarters to Fort Worth in 1979, and now occupies more than 1.4 million square feet of space in the city, employing more than 4,300 workers there.

10. Port of HuntingtonTristate, WV

61,521,942 11. Port of Texas City, TX

56,590,856 12. Port of Plaquemines, LA

55,836,687 Source: American Association of Ports Authorities

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With commercial service to six major hubs, Midland international airport is positioned to help your business take off. american eagle, Continental/United express and Southwest airlines provide first-class aviation service to the permian Basin.

✈ easy access to interstate 20 ✈ More than 19 acres of shovel-ready land available for development

✈ Uncongested airspace ✈ air traffic control tower ✈ Free-standing hangar space with air carrier strength apron, may be built to suit

✈ industrial building: 40,000 sq. ft. expandable to 80,000 sq. ft. with proximity to MaF/Hangars

✈ Midland international airport is a designated Foreign trade Zone

✈ U.S. Customs on site

Midland international airport 9506 laForce Blvd. p. o. Box 60305 Midland, tX 79711 (432) 560-2200

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Ports Create Export Dynamo Texas ports are a major economic engine for the state, with a significant national impact as well. The state’s port facilities include 12 deep-water ports with channel depths of more than 30 feet. The Port of Houston comprises eight public terminals operated by the Port of Houston Authority, with roughly 150 private terminals also located on the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel. The Port of Houston includes the largest petrochemical complex in the nation. The port handles 25 percent of the U.S. oil supply, half of its refined products and oneeighth of its gasoline. Cargo handled by the Port of Houston ranges from steel to wind turbines and generators to consumer goods. The port handles nearly 70 percent of the containers that move through the Gulf of Mexico. Some $3 billion in capital improvements have been targeted over the next 15 years at the Port of Houston, which, along with other Texas ports, will benefit from the widening and expansion of the Panama Canal to handle larger ships. Along with the Port of Houston, ports in Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Texas City are among the top dozen ports in total cargo volume in the United States. Another important asset for the state is the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), a man-made waterway connecting ports from St. Marks, Fla., to Brownsville. A 423-mile section of the waterway borders Texas and handles 58 percent of the annual waterborne traffic on the GIWW.

Texas is served by 47 rail carriers, including three Class I railroads.

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With 14,361 miles of track and 47 carriers, Texas offers a major advantage in freight rail service.

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Roads and Rail Nine interstate highways cross Texas, part of the nation-leading 310,850 miles of highway in the state that link it to major markets. Three Class I rail carriers – Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern – are among the 47 railroads operating on the 14,361 miles of track in the state. BNSF alone handles nearly 6 million carloads of freight in Texas annually. Its 7,500-member state workforce generates an annual payroll of $785 million. Its shared border with Mexico makes Texas a major international border point of entry. More than 3.3 million trucks and nearly 7,200 trains entered or exited Texas at official ports of border crossing in 2011.

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Setting the Bar Top research, expertise lead way for Texas health care Story by John McBryde


hether it’s establishing new frontiers in the treatment of cancer, collaborating with Chinese physicians to improve eye care or maintaining the world’s largest

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collection of mouse genes, the health-care industry in Texas is upholding its reputation as a world leader in the field. In just about any section of the state, remarkable progress is

being made in research, education, treatments and procedures. Hospitals, institutions and academic centers are continuously making strides to improve health care on a global scale.

Texas Children’s Hospital is a globally known leader in children’s health research and treatment. Photo Courtesy of PAUL VINCENT KUNTZ

Texas Health care: By the numbers

580+ Hospitals

25,060 Primary care physicians

1,191 Certified nursing facilities

61,600+ Hospital beds

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Delivering Special Care They are now doing it one baby at a time at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, a teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine that opened in 1953. Already recognized as a national leader in providing high-risk maternal care and diagnosing and treating abnormalities in unborn and newborn infants, Texas Children’s enhanced its reputation with completion of a 15-story, $575 million Pavilion for Women. The 1.3-millionsquare-foot Pavilion facility opened for outpatient services in November 2011 and delivered its first baby six months later. “We know that the Pavilion’s combination of world-class expertise, leading-edge technology

and best practices in familycentered care will result in better outcomes for mothers and babies,” says Cris Daskevich, senior vice president for the hospital. “The Pavilion is staffed and equipped to provide in-utero procedures and treatments available in very few places in the world.” The Texas Children’s Maternal and Fetal Center housed at the Pavilion is one of just a handful of medical facilities in the world to offer this full spectrum of specialized care. Comprehensive services include management of complex pregnancies, genetic counseling, fetal diagnostic procedures and specialized fetal surgeries for a number of congenital malformations.

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Focus on Learning Top-level health-care research and treatment extends well beyond Houston. In College Station, the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine (TIGM) has grown in a short time to become the world’s largest library of mouse knockout embryonic stem cells. The 34,000-square-foot facility opened on the Texas A&M campus in August 2010, and it has already worked with more than 400 institutions in 26 countries. “I’m very proud of what we’re doing,” says Dr. Ben Morpurgo, executive director of TIGM. “I think we serve the (genome) community very well.” Scott & White Healthcare, established in Temple in 1897, encompasses one of the nation’s largest multispecialty group practices. Through research and education, it is known for its

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Texas medical center Texas Children’s is one of 52 institutions of the Houston-based Texas Medical Center, a colossus in health-care research and delivery that conducts more than $1.2 billion in research annually. With more than 34,500 full-time medical students and 92,500 employees, Texas Medical Center treats some 7.1 million patients each year, including 16,000 from outside the United States. Texas Medical Center hospitals have been at the leading edge of the advancing field known as personalized medicine in which treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique clinical, genetic, genomic and environmental information. The Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center, for example, supports research and clinical trials in which a patient’s tumor biopsy is analyzed for abnormal genes and therapies are selected utilizing agents that target the product of those particular abnormal genes.

The Texas health-care industry includes more than 580 hospitals.

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Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine TIGM offers plenty of room for research Located on Texas A&M University’s main campus in College Station since 2010, the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine (TIGM) can accommodate more than 40,000 mice, as well as 8,000 micro isolator cages. In addition, the 34,000-square-foot space is home to molecular biology core facilities; tissue culture

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facilities; a microinjection suite; a laboratory devoted to cryo-preservation of stem cells, embryos and sperm; and a bioinformatics platform. TIGM also provides services such as blastocyst or pronuclear injections; rederivation of transgenic lines; embryo transfer; and colony maintenance and expansion. To learn more about TIGM, go to

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advances in cancer, orthopedics, neuroscience, pediatrics and cardiovascular care. Dr. Robert Rosa, vice chair of research for the Department of Ophthalmology at the Scott & White Eye Institute, has collaborated with the Eye Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing in research, education and long-distance clinical consultation. Rosa hopes to learn more about using traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture and herbal mixtures) in the treatment of diseases of the eye and to teach

Western opthalmic techniques to visiting Chinese physicians. “Our research collaborations reach throughout the state of Texas, across the nation and around the world,” says Charlette Stallworth, Scott & White’s associate vice president for business development.

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Several Texas hospitals earn national recognition, make thomson reuters top 100 list

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Above: Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s helicopter lands in Tyler. Bottom: CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, one of the top large community hospitals in the nation, is located in Texarkana.

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Texas hospitals made a strong showing on Thomson Reuters annual 100 Top Hospitals list in 2012. The annual ranking utilizes research and independent public data to recognize the best U.S. hospitals. The study evaluates medical centers on measures of overall organizational performance, which includes patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. Recognized among the top major teaching hospitals category were Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Scott & White Hospital in Temple and Methodist Hospital in Houston. Memorial Hermann Hospital System in Houston and Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System in Amarillo were named among the top teaching hospitals. Among the top large community hospitals in the country for 2012 were St. David’s Medical Center and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

in Austin, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Memorial Hermann Memorial City in Houston and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana. For medium community hospitals, recognition went to St. David’s Round Rock Medical, while small community hospitals recognized by Thomson Reuters were Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. US News ranked the top cardiac care hospitals in the United States, with Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston making the list at No. 6. Texas Heart Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, and is considered one of the world’s leading research facilities in the battle against cardiovascular disease. – Kevin Litwin

Trinity University, located in San Antonio, educates more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Brian McCord

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Head of the Class Private universities in Texas known for academics, research

Story by Kevin Litwin


ts public university systems are the envy of the nation, but Texas also lays claim to some of the country’s best private higher education institutions, which have established reputations that extend far beyond state boundaries and the United States. Rice University in Houston was rated No. 17 among national universities on the US News 2012 Best Colleges rankings. And Rice, along with Baylor University in Waco, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Trinity University in San Antonio were named by Kiplinger’s magazine on its list of Best Values in Private Colleges in fall 2011. While their enrollment may not be as large as some of their public university counterparts, the academic programs and research initiatives of these private institutions are no less impressive. Rice University, with an enrollment of about 6,200, is

Degrees 120,938

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home to the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, where research focuses on advancements in areas such as energy, water, environment and disease. One of the projects, known as Lab-on-a-chip, is developing technology that will allow blood or saliva to be analyzed instantaneously instead of having to wait for lab results. A key goal with Lab-on-a-chip is to have it be low cost, and perhaps eventually become a home device so people can quickly diagnose their own ailments. “We just opened a National Space Biomedical Research Institute, working on highly portable medical diagnostic devices that are important in sending astronauts into space. However, research there will also ultimately help to change many aspects of health care in the United States, to hopefully reduce costs,” says David Leebron,

president of Rice University. Leebron says Rice is able to attract top researchers in part because the university’s 300-acre campus is close to major companies based in Houston, many of them in growth industries including energy technology and life sciences. “Our medical and energy research will hopefully lead to solutions for solving some of the problems facing Houston, Texas and America,” Leebron says.

artificial limbs,” says Kent Best, SMU executive director of news and communications. The university, with an enrollment of about 11,000, drew more than $25.6 million in external funding for research and sponsored projects in the 2009-10 academic year. Its researchers have advanced treatment for a number of diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, diabetes, childhood obesity and African sleeping sickness.

Best Values List Southern Methodist University is one of 96 universities classified as High Research Activity Institutions by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “One of our many interesting current projects is developing artificial limbs that ‘feel,’ which involves the development of twoway, fiber-optic communication between the human brain and

A collaborative approach At Baylor University, research is true teamwork. The university embarked upon the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative, or BRIC, to have talented students from different institutions boost research efforts to an even higher level. The university is converting a 300,000-square-foot former tire manufacturing plant in Waco into laboratory and collaborative

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Students at Rice University in Houston

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space. The building will anchor what eventually will become the Central Texas Technology and Research Park, a 21-acre development for academic entities and private-sector companies from Texas and beyond. Productive Collisions Trinity University offers 41 academic majors and five master’s programs. Trinity bolstered its research efforts with construction of a 288,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences and Innovation. One wing of the new building opened in January 2012, and the remainder will open in 2014. The center allows different science departments to be near one another, which encourages collaboration between researchers, says Sharon Jones Schweitzer, Trinity’s assistant vice president for communications. “This facility will bring about many productive collusions, not only with our students doing research projects, but also with our research faculty members,” she says.

Baylor University, chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, is one of the oldest universities in the state.

Enrollment at texas universities Enrollment at Texas colleges and universities was higher during the fall 2010 semester compared to the fall 2009 semester.


Public Universities

568,938 +2.0%

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Independent College or University

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Public 2-Year College

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All Systems Go strong public universities are a texas advantage Six major Texas university systems have been class acts for many decades. All have large academic systems in place, with multiple campuses and other offerings.

Texas A&M university system Texas A&M is a public research university in College Station that was founded in 1871, and today has the sixth-largest enrollment in the United States with nearly 50,000 students. The Texas A&M University System statewide network consists of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center, and A&M has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties. In 2011, research expenditures from the university topped $780 million, contributing greatly to Texas’ economy.

Texas state University system The Texas State system includes eight institutions located throughout the state: Lamar University, Sam

Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State CollegeOrange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College. Enrollment for the system totaled more than 78,000 in fall 2011.

Texas Tech University system Texas Tech is also a research university, established in Lubbock in 1923. It has awarded more than 200,000 degrees since 1927, and today, its enrollment is 32,000 students. The Texas Tech University System consists of TTU, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University, totaling more than 15 campuses and academic sites. The system conducted more than $200 million in research during 2011, and has an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion.





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University of Houston University of Houston is a research university founded in 1927, and today, its flagship campus accommodates 40,000 students. UH conducts $130 million in annual research, and operates 40 research centers and institutes on its main campus. UH also operates three other campuses in Clear Lake, downtown Houston and Victoria, and has five teaching centers.

University of North Texas system The system includes the flagship University of North Texas in Denton, as well as UNT Dallas and UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, which has a highly regarded physician training program. Total enrollment in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs is more than 36,000.

University of Texas system The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883 and has the fifth-largest enrollment in the nation, with more than 52,000 students. The UT System is a major center for academic research, thanks to an endowment of $14 billion. The University of Texas System oversees nine academic universities and six health institutions within the state. The overall enrollment throughout the system is 190,000 students, and UT academic institutions account for nearly 50 percent of all undergraduate degrees awarded in Texas each year. – Kevin Litwin



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The Lufkin High School Panthers take the field before a Friday night football game.

Beyond Friday Nights Love of sports is a seven-day-a-week passion in Texas Story by Cary Estes


he lights in Texas might shine brightest on Friday nights, but the passion for sports in the Lone Star State extends far beyond its famous high school football fields. Baseball, basketball, golf, auto racing and even hockey have enthusiastic followings, making the state a mecca for all manner of sports fans.

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It is football, however, that stirs the greatest passion deep within the heart of Texans. The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are so popular they are known as America’s Team. Dozens of college football teams, led by the University of Texas Longhorns, have devoted fan bases that flock to stadiums on Saturdays in the fall. Schools including Texas A&M University,

Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas Christian University also have standout football programs. But perhaps the purest form of football fervor can be found on the high school level, a longstanding Texas tradition made nationally famous by the Friday Night Lights book, movie and television show. “When you think about Texas,

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• Alamo Stadium in San Antonio is the state’s largest high school football stadium, accommodating 23,000 people. • Memorial Stadium, located on the campus of West Mesquite High School, holds approximately 20,000 fans. • Ratliff Stadium in Odessa accommodates as many as 19,302 people. • The new $59.6 million Eagle Stadium in Allen, home of the Allen High School football team, seats 18,000. • San Angelo Stadium, home to the San Angelo Central Bobcats and the Lake View Chiefs, seats 17,500.

A statue of Thomas Wade “Tom” Landry, legendary head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988, is situated at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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While the social aspect of these games accounts for part of their popularity, the main attraction remains the quality of play on the field. Brazil says Texas high schools produce more than 300 Division I college football players every year. More than 180 Texas natives played in the NFL in 2011, second only to California. “You have a bunch of kids who grew up together and made sacrifices to be able to play on that high school football team,” Brazil says. “It’s special to be part of something where kids and the community as a whole come together like that and get excited about what’s taking place on Friday nights.” More Than Just Football But Texas is a state for all

sporting seasons. The state’s three NBA teams – the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs – have combined to win seven championships since 1994 including the Mavs title run in the 2010-11 season. The state’s two major league baseball teams (the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers) have combined to make the World Series three times in the past seven years including back-toback appearances by the Rangers in 2010 and 2011. And even though Texas is not known for its icy conditions, the NHL’s Dallas Stars have entertained hockey fans since 1993, winning the Stanley Cup championship in 1999. In addition, Dallas and Houston have

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one of the first things that comes to mind is Friday night high school football,” says Brian Brazil, head football coach at Hebron High School in Carrollton and president of the Texas High School Coaches Association. “It’s something that brings the community together. It’s not just about the football. It’s a social gathering. It’s a way of developing a lot of unity within your school and within your town.” How serious is high school football in Texas? Consider Allen High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, which opened a $59.6 million stadium in 2012 that includes 18,000 seats and a video scoreboard. The stadium was funded as part of a $119 million bond package voters approved in 2009.

The San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, winners of four league titles since 1999, play at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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teams competing in the growing sport of Major League Soccer. Auto racing and golf also are extremely popular in Texas. The NASCAR Series makes two stops each year at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), a sprawling facility near Fort Worth that has nearly 160,000 seats and an infield that can accommodate approximately 53,000 more people. The IndyCar Series also holds an annual event at TMS. And in November 2012, the high-tech Formula One racing series returns to the United States for the first time in six years with the running of the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin. As for golf, the state that produced legends such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino currently plays host to four PGA Tour events each year, as well as two tournaments on the Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and two stops on the Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour.) Basically, if there is a sport to be played, it is taking place in Texas. Because in this state, even when the Friday night lights are turned off, the love of sports continues to glow.

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Ace in the Hole Texas courses, tournaments keep golfers challenged, entertained Home to more than 1,000 golf courses, Texas is the perfect place for enthusiasts of the sport to tee it up. According to Golf Digest magazine, Dallas National Golf Club is the top course in the state. The club also scored a spot on the publication’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2011, and was named one of Golfweek magazine’s Best Modern Courses in 2010. A member-owned, private course, Dallas National Golf Club was designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio, and includes more than 7,300 yards of challenges. The club also features an expansive driving range that covers 130 yards, as well as a shortgame practice area, two putting greens and a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse. Additional highly ranked private courses in Texas noted by Golf Digest include Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and Miramont

Country Club in Bryan, among others. Open to the public, Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin offers four golf courses including the Fazio Foothills, Fazio Canyons, Crenshaw Cliffside and Palmer Lakeside. While each course differs, they all feature 18 holes and provide stunning views of the surrounding area. Other Texas public courses that have gained acclaim include The Tribute in Dallas, The Rawls Course at Texas Tech in Lubbock, and Ram Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort. Prefer to watch rather than play? No problem. The state hosts four PGA Tour events including the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, as well as two events on both the Champions Tour and the Tour. – Jessica Walker

golf digest top Texas Golf destinations • Dallas National Golf Club • Whispering Pines Golf Club, Trinity • Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston • Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth • The Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Source: Golf Digest


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A Texas rancher enjoys the landscape near Victoria. Photo by Brian McCord

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A sculpture is located in front of the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas, which extends 921 feet and is one of the tallest buildings in the state. Photo by Brian McCord

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Texas Economic Development Organizations The following is a resource to links to select economic development organizations at the local, regional and state level in Texas. It is not intended as a complete list of economic development organizations in the state but as a service to the supporters of this publication. A more comprehensive listing of economic development organizations can be found at, a data source and clearinghouse for commercial and industrial property listings in Texas. The site includes an interactive mapping feature that highlights economic development organizations and their websites, as well as clickable map layers that allow users to explore the geographic assets of Texas, including transportation infrastructure, universities, and Enterprise Zones. Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Abilene Chamber of Commerce Alice/Jim Wells County Amarillo Economic Development Corp. Andrews Economic Development Corp. Aransas County Athens Economic Development Corp. Bastrop Economic Development Corp. Beeville/Bee County Belton Economic Development Corp. Big Spring Economic Development Corp.

Burkburnett Development Corp.

DeSoto Economic Development Corp.

Canton Economic Development Corp.

Dumas Economic Development

Cameron Industrial Foundation

East Texas I-20 Corridor Regional Economic Development

Cedar Hill Economic Development Clyde Texas Economic Development Commerce Economic Development Corp. Converse Economic Development Corp. Corinth Economic Development Corp. Corporation for the Economic Development of Midlothian Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp.

El Paso Regional Economic Development Corp. Fort Stockton Friona Economic Development Corp. Garland Economic Development Partnership Georgetown Economic Development Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Bowie Economic Development Corp.

Crockett Economic & Industrial Development Corp.

Brooks City-Base

Decatur Economic Development Corp.

Greenville Economic Development Corp.

Buda Economic Development Corp.

Denison Development Alliance

Harlingen Economic Development Corp.

Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce

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Henderson Economic Development Corp.

Midland Development Corp.

Seagoville Economic Development Corp.

Hereford Economic Development Corp.

Mission Economic Development Corp.

Seguin Economic Development Corp.

Jacksboro Economic & Development Corp.

Mount Pleasant Industrial Foundation


Jacksonville Development Corp.

Navasota Economic Development

Jasper Economic Development Corp.

Nocona Economic Development Corporations

Johnson County Economic Development Commission Karnes County Economic Development Corp. Kendall County Economic Development Corp. Kilgore Economic Development Corp. Kingsville/Kleberg County La Marque Economic Development Corp. Lamesa Economic Development Corp. Laredo Development Foundation Levelland Economic Development Corp. Liberty Economic Development Corp. Littlefield Economic Development Corp. Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Magnolia Economic Development Corp. Mansfield Economic Development Corp. Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. McAllen Economic Development Corp. McKinney Economic Development Corp.

Northeast Partnership for Economic Development Odessa Economic Development Palestine Economic Development Pampa Economic Development Corp. Paris Economic Development Corp. Pearland Economic Development Corp. Perryton Community Development Corp. Pflugerville Community Development Corp.

Seminole Economic Development Sherman Economic Development Corp. Sugar Land Economic Development Council Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corp. Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Taylor Economic Development Corp. Temple Economic Development Corp. The City of Muleshoe Economic Development Corp. The Colony Economic Development Corp.

Polk County Economic & Industrial Development Corp.

Terrell Economic Development Corp.

Rio South Texas Economic Council

Rising Star Economic Development Corp.

Texas Midwest Economic

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Development Alliance Tomball Economic Development Corp. Tye Industrial Development Corp.

Rockwall Economic Development Corp.

Round Rock Economic Development

San Angelo Economic Development

Mercedes Economic Development Corp.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Mexia Economic Development Corp.

San Patricio Economic Development Corp.

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economic profile Business snapshot Texas has one of the lowest tax burdens in the United States including no personal income tax. The state also has no state tax on property used for pollution control, goods in transit, and machinery and equipment utilized in manufacturing.


household snapshot

10.8 million


Nonfarm employment (June 2012)

Population 2011: 25,674,681 2000: 20,851,818

9 million Private employment (June 2012)


Change since 2000: 23.1%


$1.3 trillion Gross domestic product (2011)

$251 billion Texas export values (2011)

Top Texas export markets, by export values, 2011:

Mexico: $87.4 billion Canada: $22.1 billion China: $10.9 billion Brazil: $10. 1 billion Netherlands: $8.8 billion Source: WISERTrade

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Median age

8.54 million Total households (2010)


Home ownership rate (2010)


Median housing value (2010)

key industries Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Biotech & Life Sciences Information & Computer Technology Petroleum Refining & Chemical Products Energy

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Major Population Centers

employment sectors by % of workforce

Texas is home to six of the 20 largest U.S. cities as of July 2011:



Houston (2,145,146)


San Antonio (1,359,758)


Dallas (1,223,229)


Austin (820,611)


Fort Worth (758,738)


El Paso (665,668)

$1 trillion

Total personal income (4Q 2011)








Education & Health Services


Professional & Business Servces


Leisure & Hospitality




Financial Activities Source:Texas Workforce Commission, June 2012

Per capita personal income (2011)

Median household income (2010)

job creation Between Devember 2008 and December 2011, Texas was just one of two of the top 20 states in population to add jobs, gaining nearly 60,000 more jobs than the next-highest job-gaining state.

64,500 Number of job additions in Texas between December 2008 and December 2011

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Amarillo Economic Development Corporation

Friona Economic Development Corporation

Palestine Economic Development

Atmos Energy

Garland Economic Development Partnership

Pampa Economic Development Corporation

Belton Economic Development Corporation

Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Big Spring Texas Economic Development

Greater Waco Chamber

Bowie Economic Development Corporation

Greenville Texas Economic Development Corporation

Brooks City-Base

Buda Economic Development Corporation

Burkburnett Development Corporation

Polk County Economic & Industrial Development Corporation

Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation

Karnes County Economic Development Corporation

Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation

City of Cedar Park

City of Fulshear

Kilgore Economic Development Corporation

Rural Workforce Network

La Marque Economic Development Corporation

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Levelland Economic Development Corporation

City of Lampasas

City of Missouri City Texas

City of Plainview

City of Waller Economic Development Corporation

Converse Economic Development Corporation

Corporation for the Economic Development of Midlothian

Crockett Economic & Industrial Development Corporation

Sugar Land Economic Development

Littlefield Economic Development Corporation

Temple Economic Development Corporation

Mansfield Economic Development Corporation

DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

Texas Midwest Economic Development Alliance

The City of Coppell The City of Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation

Mercedes Economic Development Corporation

The Colony Economic Development Corporation

Mexia Economic Development Corporation

Midland/Odessa/Andrews Mission Economic Development Corporation

Denison Development Alliance

Terrell Economic Development Corporation

McAllen Economic Development Corporation

Midland International Airport

Decatur Economic Development Corporation

Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation

Seminole Economic Development Corporation

Commerce Economic Development Corporation

Sherman Economic Development Corporation

Magnolia Economic Development Corporation

Seagoville Economic Development Corporation

Liberty Economic Development Corporation

City of Selma

Lubbock Economic Development Alliance

Rio South Texas Economic Council Round Rock Economic Development Partnership

City of La Porte

Laredo Development Foundation

Richardson Chamber of Commerce

City of Kyle Economic Development

Kendall County Economic Development Corporation

Lamesa Economic Development Corporation

Port of Houston Authority

City of Huntsville

Perryton Community Development Corporation Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

Capital Farm Credit

Henderson Economic Development Corporation

Jasper Economic Development Corporation

Pearland Economic Development Corporation

Canton Economic Development Corporation

Jacksonville Development Corporation

Paris Economic Development Corporation

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation

Cameron Industrial Foundation

Tomball Economic Development Corporation

Uvalde Area Development Foundation

Victoria Economic Development Corporation

El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation

Mount Pleasant Industrial Foundation

Fort Stockton

Nocona Economic Development Corporations

Wolfforth Economic Development Corporation

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Whitesboro Economic Development Corporation

Transportation Airports Texas has 380 airports and the second-largest state airport system in the nation, with 26 commercial airports. Eight airports provide international service. The state’s two largest airports are Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston (IAH).

Highways Texas has 310,850 miles of highways, more than any other state. The state has 29 U.S. ports of entry, providing direct access to the markets in Mexico and Latin America.

Railroad Forty-seven freight railroads operate on 14,361 miles of track in the state, carrying more than 365.4 million rail tons a year. Texas has access to Mexico’s industrial north with five gateways into Mexico by rail.

ports Texas has 12 deep-water ports with channels at least 30 feet deep and 16 other seaports that line the Gulf Coast. The Port of Houston, Port of Beaumont and Port Corpus Christi rank in the top 10 among all U.S. ports in volume of cargo handled.

patents Patents granted to Texas residents, all patent types, by year

2011: 8,045 2010: 8,027 2009: 6,436 2008: 6,184 2007: 6,228 Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2011 report

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cost of living comparison

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tourism (2010)


Dallas-Fort Worth


Austin-Round Rock



$57.5 billion


Total direct travel spending

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Land area in square miles:


Travel-supported jobs in Texas

San Antonio

198 million


Estimated number of visitors at Texas destinations

El Paso

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Largest Public Companies (2012)

$452 billion

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ExxonMobil, Irving

Austin, Texas 78711

$237 billion

ConocoPhillips, Houston

$127 billion AT&T, Dallas

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$125 billion Valero Energy, San Antonio

$62 billion Dell, Round Rock

$44 billion Enterprise Products Partners, Houston

$39 billion Sysco, Houston

$34 billion Plains All American Pipeline, Houston

$30 billion Tesoro, San Antonio

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Selma, Texas


Fast-growing community with over 600% growth over the past decade! Strategically located in Northeast Region of San Antonio Easy access to major transportation corridors like Interstate 35 and Loop 1604 Home to Retama Park Horse Track Home to one of the largest outdoor shopping centers in Texas: The Forum at Olympia Parkway Five minutes to Randolph Air Force Base 20 minutes to downtown San Antonio 15 minutes to San Antonio International Airport Low taxes and ISO Rating Available real estate Located near major higher learning institutions

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