News Archive: 2014


AUSTIN – Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott today announced personnel to fill key staff positions in his incoming administration, in addition to outlining his priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which include education, border security, economic expansion and tax reduction.


Gov. Rick Perry will be in Europe this week for an economic development trip that will take him to England, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The governor will start the week in London with a speech on Tuesday at the Royal United Services Institute. In addition to holding business meetings in each country, the governor will explore opportunities to expand the export of liquefied natural gas from Texas to Poland and Ukraine.

Governor Perry Shaking Hands with Beijing Business Leader

Gov. Rick Perry spent his first full day in Beijing promoting Texas' world-class business climate and economic opportunities at an Invest in Texas forum and in meetings with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The governor is leading an economic development delegation of state and business leaders in Beijing before participating in the World Economic Forum in Tianjin later this week. "International companies are choosing Texas because we are at the heart of international trade in the U.S. as the nation's leading exporter for 12 years, with China one of our top partners," Gov... READ MORE

Governor Perry and Businessmen with Gold Shovels Breaking Ground

Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum's Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental's oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.


AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has announced the state is offering $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to bring SpaceX's commercial rocket launch facility to Cameron County. Contingent upon final approval of local agreements and receipt of additional required permits, this facility will create 300 jobs and pump $85 million in capital investment into the local economy.


With the help of two Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investments, The Charles Schwab Corporation will open a new operations center in El Paso and strengthen its presence in Austin. Based out of San Francisco, the company is downsizing its headquarters in order to spread the employees throughout the United States.


Toyota Motor North America’s recent headquarter move from Torrance, California to Plano, Texas was a huge testament to the corporate responsiveness of The State of Texas. Toyota is an automotive company founded in 1937 in Japan under the principles of Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. Toyota is consistently a top performer in the automotive industry, recently finishing at the top of global automotive sales for the first half of 2014.