AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke to the Governor’s Competitiveness Council, encouraging members to focus on increasing rigor and relevance in Texas classrooms, and bolstering research and development in alternative energy sources.
"The best way to drive prosperity in Texas is to ensure that our workers can compete for all jobs and to make sure that our industries can compete in the global economy," said Gov. Perry. "The State of Texas needs to do more than just think about how to make energy cheaper or roads wider, we need to keep our eyes trained on making our state a better place to live. Because, after all, a better quality of life is our aim."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the 19th Annual Government Technology Conference Southwest, thanking participants for their work in developing new technology to best serve the people of their states. The governor encouraged further focus on leveraging new technology to make government more accessible and effective for constituents.
"I am convinced that the efficiencies that come from technology multiply the effectiveness of state government,"' said Gov. Perry. "Applying solutions from motivated, educated innovators moves government and economies forward."'
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $600,000 grant to the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC) for the development of the Texas Clean Energy Park in Austin. The park, a first of its kind in Texas, is planned as one of the most advanced clean energy business, research, education and training facilities in the nation. Federal funds for workforce training, administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), will be used to help establish the first phase of the park.
"Texas is committed to creating a diverse energy portfolio that provides stability and reduces dependence on foreign energy," said Gov. Perry. "Developing alternative energy sources through Texas-based research is of tremendous value to a fast-growing state like Texas and to our nation as a whole."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry awarded more than $195,000 in grants to two programs focused on reducing crime, improving the Texas criminal and juvenile justice systems, and recovering abducted children. These grants are awarded through the State Criminal Justice Planning Fund and are distributed by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"By protecting our children from predators and supporting efforts to rehabilitate those in the juvenile justice system we are protecting the future of Texas," said Gov. Perry. "These funds will provide needed resources to ensure the safety of our children and give those who have fallen short the chance to begin a new life."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry established the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding, which will make recommendations to the governor, lt. governor and speaker regarding guidelines for implementing higher education incentive funding programs. Incentives for public colleges and universities will be based on student and institutional achievements that are aligned with state and regional priorities.
"Establishing an innovative incentive-based performance funding system is essential to furthering Texas’ goal of having institutions of higher education prepare students for the demands and opportunities of the 21st century marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "We must change the paradigm from funding institutions solely based on students enrolled to funding based more on the quality of students produced."