TexasOneSM is a program of Texas Economic Development Corporation created for the purpose of marketing and promoting Texas as a premier business location. No tax dollars from the State of Texas fund the TexasOneSM Program. Instead, funds for TexasOneSM come from its members and other donors, and are used for special events, outreach programs, and other marketing and communications programs. These programs are directed at a targeted audience of corporate decision makers and site selectors.
Marketing activities include trade and industry events, business recruitment missions, special events, advertising and public relations, and an interactive web presence. TexasOneSM efforts champion Texas as the premier location for business expansion and relocation and have resulted in a significant number of new jobs, relocations, and expansions benefitting Texas.
Our members represent a broad range of organizations, including Texas-based Fortune 500 companies, privately-held enterprises, city chambers, and community-based economic development councils. They represent all corners of the state, from the major cities to more rural communities, and share a common vision of growth for their communities and for Texas. Texas' economic development and marketing successes are a direct result of the financial contributions, collaborative input and innovative vision of TexasOneSM members. Together, we have created a successful public-private partnership.
In 2013, TexasOneSM members agreed that a priority of the TexasOneSM Program should be to raise money to fund a more robust effort to market Texas and its economic development advantages. Due to the overwhelming member support, TexasOneSM successfully launched a series of commercials in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri and Maryland that featured Governor Rick Perry and marketed Texas as “Wide Open for Business”. To view the ad campaigns visit www.texaswideopenforbusiness.com/expansion-relocation/ad-campaigns.
The Texas Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) was created by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1987 and incorporated as a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation n 1991 with its own Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor, who at the time was Gov. Ann Richards.
On September 1, 2003, the Texas Department of Economic Development, was merged into the Governor's Office, along with the TEDC, and was renamed the Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division (EDT).
On September 23, 2003, Governor Rick Perry launched the TexasOneSM Program as a part of TEDC, managed by a statewide seven member governor-appointed board of directors.
In 2004, Gov. Perry established the Governor's Economic Development Partnership Council, comprised of the TexasOneSM board of directors and top tier members, with the mission to help promote business relocation and/or expansion to Texas.
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