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Texas, Our Texas: An Assessment of Economic Development Programs and Prospects in the Lone Star State
Report Published on November 25, 2002

In a remarkable odyssey of almost two centuries, a rugged and remote frontier outpost named for one of its many native tribes has been transformed into a major center of high technology and international commerce. From cattle to cotton to oil to electronics, Texas has repeatedly reoriented its business complex to meet evolving needs and circumstances. Even given the Lone Star State's remarkable capacity to adjust, the current period is one of unprecedented challenges (and opportunities).

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Priority Midland by the Numbers: Presentation
Video Delivered on August 06, 2019

Dr. Perryman presents the findings from The Perryman Group's recent study detailing the economic impact of the Permian Basin petroleum sector on activity on the Midland Area. Priority Midland is a forum for the community to work together, meeting Midland's challenges head-on, for more information visit their website.

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Priority Midland Launch Event
Video Delivered on February 11, 2019

Dr. Ray Perryman discusses the economic outlook of Midland, Texas and the Permian Basin, and describes how Priority Midland is an essential component of sustainable economic growth in the region. For more information, visit Priority Midland.

Dr. Ray Perryman to Receive Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council
Press Release Released on August 27, 2019

Dr. Ray Perryman, founder and President of The Perryman Group, has been selected to receive the Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award is being given in recognition of Dr. Perryman's decades-long commitment to economic development and providing the information corporations and communities need to optimize location decisions.

Texas wins Site Selection Magazine's governor's cup award for economic development for fifth consecutive year.
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on March 06, 2017

Site Selection Magazine is out with its annual governor's cup award for economic development, and Dr. Perryman says Texas has won for the fifth consecutive year.

Why is the Texas Enterprise Fund important to the state?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 06, 2017

As the budget battles heat up in the legislature, Governor Abbott is asking that the Texas Enterprise Fund be renewed. Dr. Perryman hopes it is successful.

The Market for Prosperity
Column Published in syndication December 04, 2019

Competition to attract corporate locations, particularly high-profile locations, is typically intense, and decades of evidence has shown that communities must be proactive and innovative to increase their chances of success. Economic development programs can enhance opportunities and prosperity, but given the reality of scarce resources, communities must be efficient and analytical in their efforts. We recently produced a report, in conjunction with the Texas Economic Development Council, which is a framework for thinking about economic development (available free at www.perrymangroup.com). Here's a quick look at a few key points.

Keys to Texas' Economic Success
Column Published in syndication November 22, 2017

I was recently asked by the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness to offer a perspective on some of the issues affecting Texas' future performance. The Committee's purpose in the hearing was to address "principles that... should guide the state's pursuit of long-term economic growth." I am pleased that members of the legislature are thinking in these terms, as it is essential to long-term prosperity.

Killing the Goose
Column Published in syndication February 15, 2017

Legislative noise has been heard in Austin about eliminating the Texas Enterprise Fund, a key aspect of the state's economic development incentives. The Governor has asked that it be retained. Let me be very clear: scrapping this "deal closing" fund would be a major blow to the state's future competitiveness, with the potential for major fallout over time. It would be like killing the goose that has been laying golden eggs (the same is true for the incentives for film and television productions in Texas, but that is a topic for another time).