Texas Rising March/April 2009

From Comptroller Susan Combs

Comptroller Susan Combs

A community’s work force, infrastructure and incentives all play a role in recruiting and retaining new businesses. In our global economy, Texas local governments are increasingly competing with other states and other countries to land new employers that can bring hundreds of jobs to a community.

As your strategic partner for local government management, the Comptroller’s office is pleased to present this issue of Texas Rising, which explores the art and science of business recruitment. This issue shares insight from the business perspective, with tips and steps for local governments to make an offer that can’t be refused.

In this issue, we travel to Gregory in San Patricio County on the Texas coast, where a Chinese pipe company is building a $1 billion manufacturing facility that could create up to 600 jobs. We share how local officials promoted the area’s work force, strategic location and employment-based incentives and tax abatements to land what could be the largest single manufacturing investment that a Chinese company has ever made in the United States.

We visit Mount Pleasant, which teamed with neighboring cities and the state to land a major food company that has brought 100 jobs to the area.

We introduce a new “Transparency Spotlight,” which shares how Hart Independent School District is leading the charge in transparency by posting all monthly expenditures online. We’ll continue to spotlight local governments and school districts that are setting the bar for transparency in future issues, so stay tuned. If you are a local government that is using technology or tools to give taxpayers a transparent look at expenses, budgets or books, tell us your story at texas.rising@cpa.state.tx.us.

In these challenging economic times, local governments everywhere are tightening their budgets, trying to pay for more with less. In our “Partnering for Impact” section, we share how local governments can partner with the Comptroller’s office to maximize their sales tax collections.

When it comes to economic development, creating jobs and generating new levels of prosperity, local governments in Texas are focused on rising to the occasion every time.

Susan Combs

Tell Us Your Story!

E-mail us at texas.rising@cpa.state.tx.us.

We want to hear about your town’s economic development accomplishments. Whether you’ve landed a new employer or partnered with a university to train tomorrow’s work force, please tell us the unique solutions you’re using to create success in your community every day.