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Why Texas Is Our Future

They say the Lone Star State has four seasons: drought, flood, blizzard and twister. This summer 97% of the state was in a persistent drought; in 2011 the Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced 40 straight days in July and August of temperatures of 100° or higher. The state’s social services are thin. Welfare benefits are skimpy. Read on »

Oracle to add 200 jobs in Austin

Oracle Corp. plans to create 200 jobs in Austin and invest $5.4 million to establish an additional local office. The Texas Enterprise Fund — which state officials use to further entice big companies to expand here — is providing $1 million to close the deal, state officials said Friday afternoon. They couldn’t provide Oracle’s Texas or Read on »

Austin Ranked #1 Economy in the Country

Austin’s reputation as a job-creation machine has again propelled it to the top of a monthly report measuring economic indicators for all major U.S. metro areas. With an overall score of 83.9 out of 100 based on 18 economic factors, Austin tops the list of 102 cities measured in the monthly report by The Business Journals’ On Read on »