This morning we had a unique opportunity to chat with Texas Governor, Rick Perry, at the Construction Expo where we are participating as exhibitors. Prior to his speech for the Proclamation Ceremony, Gov. Perry spent about ten minutes with us backstage, discussing the pros and cons about living and working in California as opposed to living and working in Texas. We shared the AccuBuild Construction Software story with him and he was genuinely happy to hear it.
Not too long ago, we decided to move AccuBuild’s headquarters to Austin, TX instead of Ontario, CA. We felt the tech industry was thriving in Austin and the opportunities for growth were much bigger. As a family-owned business, that meant our entire family packed up and headed to Texas.
During his speech to a large, attentive audience, he mentioned the AccuBuild story by discussing the popularity of “reverse migration” which he described as people moving their families and businesses from CA to TX. Gov. Perry joked that 20% of Americans have relocated to Texas and it isn’t just for the great BBQ, live music and cold beer.
“People aren’t moving to Texas by accident,” he said. “In 2008, only ten states created jobs and Texas created 60% of those jobs. The innovative business climate in Texas is powerful,” he added. He discussed how Austin is managing to thrive even in the struggling economy and used our “1 out of 961 homes in foreclosure” stats as an example.
It is obvious that Gov. Perry is genuinely proud of Texas for making good business decisions and keeping taxes low. Our favorite part of the speech was when he talked about the budget surplus and joked, “they don’t even know what that means in California!”
AUSTIN, TX – <a href="/about">Texas Governor Rick Perry</a> today announced that Roy Bailey, Jim Lee and Gene Powell will lead his finance team in his campaign for re-election in the 2010 race for governor. The three will lead a rapidly growing team of more than 500 supporters devoted to fundraising across the state.
A NEW poll from the Texas Lyceum shows Rick Perry pulling ahead of Kay Bailey Hutchison by a 12-point margin—33% to 21%, with 40% of potential Republican-primary voters undecided. Paul Burka thinks this doesn't look good for Mr Perry: everyone in Texas has had plenty of time to form an opinion of the governor, and if the plurality goes to "undecided", what does that say? But I see it in the opposite way: Mr Perry has had plenty of time to alienate everyone in the state over roads or schools or "Choose Life" licence plates, and heaven knows he hasn't shied away from controversy. What else is he going to do at this point to push people over the edge?
Ms Hutchison has the motive to get out. She may well rather be a governor than a senator—who wouldn't? But a safe Senate seat is assured. In contrast, the road to the governor's mansion will be watered with tears and potentially unpassable. If she's already trailing in the polls before the first "Kay Bailout Hutchison" ad goes up, that doesn't bode well. And she has an opportunity: she could simply announce that given the extraordinarily liberal wave in Washington, and the rate of attrition amongst Republican senators, she's realised that they need all hands on deck to defend the moderate Republican line. And they do, don't they?