Texas Rising - Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Comptroller’s Economic Development and Analysis Profile: Ginger Lowry

Photo of Ginger Lowry

Role: Manages Economic Development & Analysis Division team projects including the Budgeting / Purchasing Best Practice guides, Texas State Expenditures by County, “Major Cities in Review” and Community Reinvestment in Texas, and tracks Texas’ economic measures, tax burdens and tax rates, runs predictive economic models, analyzes labor market data and economic incentive programs.

Works with: Local governments, federal regulatory and state agencies and consults with financial services, community reinvestment, disaster recovery, housing, insurance, labor market and mortgage lending analysts, film/digital media and STEM education experts.

Qualifications: Holds a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UT-Austin; has 20 years combined public and private sector experience as a business analyst and in economic and legislative analysis, revenue estimating, federal/state immigration reimbursement grant implementation and IT systems.

Quote: “I enjoy applying my critical thinking, predictive analytics, project management and writing skills on cross-agency and cross-division team projects.”

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Best of Texas

Best States for Jobs

Texas leads a winter 2011 Moody’s Analytics ranking of states projected to add the most of jobs over the next five years. Forbes reports employment in Texas will rise 2.9 percent annually until 2015, netting 1.6 million new jobs for the state.

  1. Texas
  2. Nevada
  3. Arizona
  4. New Mexico
  5. North Dakota

Sources: Moody’s Analytics, Forbes

Photo courtesy of Space center, Houston

Texas Hot Spots for
Foreign Investment

Houston and Austin are both hot spots for foreign real estate investment, according to a recent survey.

Top U.S. Cities for Foreign Real Estate Investment 2012

  1. New York
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Boston
  5. Los Angeles
  1. Seattle
  2. Houston
  3. Austin
  4. Miami
  5. Chicago

Source: The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate

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Delane Caesar
Director of 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, Brian Wellborn and
Bruce Wright

Graphics Team Leader
Dwain Osborne

Art Direction and Layout
Jeremy Van Pelt

Staff Photography/Videography
Raul Santos and Jeremy Van Pelt

Web Publications Coordinator
Julie Lewis

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