Texas Rising June 2008


Businesses and industries are expanding their facilities throughout Texas. Here is a sampling of recently announced expansions, tracked by the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division.

City Business Name Type of Business Type of Project New
Lubbock VXI Global Solutions Provides customer interaction centers and customer relationship management software. 27,000-square-foot call center performs work for DirecTV and will provide an estimated $19 million in new salaries. 450 by the end of the year
Schertz Lack’s Stores Inc. One of the largest independently-owned retail furniture chains in the United States. 308,000-square-foot distribution center will become the hub of the chain’s distribution efforts. Up to 300
Wichita Falls N.E.W. Privately held, third-party administrator of extended service plans. Company is hiring work-at-home employees. Economic impact from payroll is estimated at more than $9 million annually. Has hired 200, plans to hire 150-200 additional workers by end of the year
Midland Dean Baldwin Painting LP Aircraft strip and paint services company. Midland Development Corp. lease and economic development agreement is worth nearly $23 million. At least 200 full-time jobs by October 2011
Sherman Capio Partners LLC Provides collection services for companies. New call center will handle collections operations for medical businesses. 168
Dallas ZTE Corp. Chinese telecommunications company. Company will establish U.S. headquarters in a 21,000-square-foot building in North Dallas. 65
Irving Savvis Provides networking, Internet and application services to financial services companies. A third of the company’s newly opened data center is already leased. 46

Sources: The Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division; Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.

For more information, visit the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division or Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center.

Texas Ahead Offers One-Stop Web Portal to Economic Resources

Comptroller Susan Combs has launched www.TexasAhead.org, a new, one-stop Web portal to economic resources for growing and governing Texas.

The new Web site at www.TexasAhead.org provides targeted resources for businesses, local governments and economic development professionals, giving them vital information they need when making decisions about doing business in Texas or planning for economic growth.

Texas Ahead offers a wide array of economic data and analysis including:

Texas Ahead Home
  • detailed explanations of tools available to assist local governments in their economic development and governing efforts; and
  • overviews of the local economies in Texas’ various regions and the challenges and opportunities they face.

Texas Ahead also features a link to Texas EDGE, the Comptroller’s popular online tool for creating or requesting customized, tightly focused reports to guide economic development decisions. Texas EDGE users can get up-to-date information on the population, demographics, education, taxes and other economic factors in various geographic areas of Texas.

For more information, visit www.TexasAhead.org.

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