HOUSTON -

More than 700 CEOs across the U.S. named Texas as the best state to do business.

“This vote of confidence from business leaders across the nation further highlights that Texas is the epicenter for economic prosperity in this country,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. “I will continue to promote the conservative principles of restrained spending, low taxes, predictable regulations and fair courts that have guided us over the last decade in order to ensure that Texas remains the nation’s healthiest economy for the next 10 years.”
“The playbook for successful states boils down to three simple moves: engage in real dialogue with business leaders, adapt policies to create an attractive environment, and effectively communicate your story to real job creators,” said Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive magazine and ChiefExecutive.net. “This year’s rankings prove that smart policies result in increased investments, jobs and greater overall economic activity.”

“CEOs continue to tell us that California seems to be doing everything possible to drive business from the state. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, by contrast, personally makes it his mission to lead corporate recruitment and economic development efforts in his state,” said J.P. Donlon, Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine and ChiefExecutive.net.

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