Best of Texas
Newsweek Says Texas Cities Can-Do
El Paso, Texas ‘Best Can-Do City’
San Antonio, Texas
Best Can-Do US Cities
Five Texas cities “have it going on” even in the face of economic worries, according to a 2011 Newsweek comparison of the 200 largest U.S. cities. El Paso leads the pack with strong scores for business development; transportation and infrastructure; sustainability; and livability. Assigning each of those categories a point value, Newsweek ranked its list of “Can-Do Capitals” while considering emissions, education levels and unemployment.
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Economic Development and Analysis Profile: TJ Costello
Role: Manages the Event Trust Funds for the Comptroller’s Economic Development and Analysis Division. Also serves as an analyst on local and state economic development issues.
Works with: Local governments, state and federal agencies, economic development professionals, area economic experts, and anyone interested in state economic development programs.
Qualifications: Holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School at UT-Austin and a bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Ithaca College in New York. TJ has served in market research roles for national and international firms; economic development positions for local and regional governmental organizations, and has undertaken extensive research on topics important to Texas, including transportation, education and the impact of economic policies.
Quote: “Since joining the Comptroller’s Office, I have enjoyed working with many groups here in Texas focused on growing our economy. Assisting in the economic development of the state and its localities has been very rewarding in that by helping Texas’ localities grow, they and the state are able to increase revenues and do other great things.”
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