I was honored to be recognized recently at the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting as 2015 Volunteer of the Year for State Advocacy. The Chamber recognized our “dedication, support and efforts to further economic development and improve access to capital for entrepreneurs and high-growth small businesses.” http://www.austinchamber.com/monkeewrench/files/news_items/2015_Volunteers_of_the_Year_Chamber_Rele.pdf
We can do better still. And, I hasten to add, growing Texas and remaining competitive is a collaborative effort. We work closely with major Texas business organizations and sectors like the Metro 8 Chambers, Manufacturers, Technology, Bioscience, Education, Economic Development Corporations, and Taxpayer groups to advocate for a strong business climate.
CEO’s tell us that a healthy ecosystem of working capital and a skilled workforce are the two most important factors for sustained success. Texas remains a very attractive place to do business and raise a family. Case in point (5 of the Top 10 in Texas):
But let’s not rest on our laurels. Public policies that stimulate, not restrict, job creation will never go out of style.
I look forward to working with you toward these goals in the months ahead.