Texas Rising - Fall 2011

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.

El Paso, TX1
San Antonio, TX3
Austin, TX10
Dallas, TX13
Fort Worth, TX14

Austin, Texas

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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Publication Credits


Delane Caesar
Director Data Services

Creative Directors
Beth Hallmark and Dan Lynch

Editorial Team Leader
Karen Hudgins

Gerard MacCrossan

Staff Writers
David Bloom, Michael Castellon,
Tracey Lamphere, Clint Shields,
Mark Wangrin, Brain Wellborn and
Bruce Wright

Graphics Team Leader
Dwain Osborne

Art Direction, Layout and Illustrations
Jeremy Van Pelt

Staff Photography/Videography
Raul Santos and Jeremy Van Pelt

Web Team Leader
Drew Scherz

Web Publications Coordinator
Julie Lewis

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