Governor Rick Perry of Texas speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons
For the second year in a row, the Lone Star State’s governor won the magazine’s Governor’s Cup for luring more commercial projects than any other.
“With all due respect, Texas is crushing it,” says Texas Gov.Rick Perry.
The governor continued, “I don’t know if you can quantify this, but there is a very strong pro-business attitude in this state.”Heineman says that it is important not to become complacent, states must always reevaluate their economic incentives to ensure they are conducive to growth.
“We have to look at our incentives, the tax structure — everything relative to the business environment — almost every year. Given technology and the mobility of the workforce, we have to stay on our competitive advantages and always be thinking about how to improve them,” he explained to Site Selection.
Perry told Site Selection that his continued success in getting executives to build facilities in Texas can be boiled down to four items: taxes, regulation, the legal environment and a skilled workforce.
“Businesses can figure out pretty quickly whether a state has done those right,” he said. “They need to work in any state. “We have been doing this now for 12 years. It’s not a theory any more. It’s a fact.”
To the annoyance of some state governors, Perry has also actively campaigned in other states to lure businesses away.
“This is not about me running around the country saying, ‘Look what Rick Perry has done,’” he added. I hope people will take away from this the fact that it can happen in their state with the right leadership.”