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Texas TV, Film and Video Game Incentives: Fast Forward to Big Economic Impact

State economic development incentive programs are significant factors when attracting film, TV, commericials and video game producers to a state. This article summarizes the findings of an economic impact analysis that was performed in the late 2010 and early 2011 …  More

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Texas CAPCO and Economic Growth

The CAPCO program can best be described as a strategic public/private partnership that leverages private capital to fund sustainable small business growth. The policy intent was to drive capital in ways that would overcome market failures and strive to counteract …  More

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Connecting the Dots: Expanding Economic Opportunity in Texas Through Public-Private Partnerships

More than ever, innovative and hard-working Texans need efficient and effective systems that promote economic mobility and opportunity. Currently, Texas faces two major public policy challenges. The first is that many Texans are outside the financial mainstream with subpar credit …  More

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Texas Venture Capital Programs: Recommendations for Taxpayer Profits and Improved Accountability

Since 2005, state taxpayers have provided nearly $600 million for two venture capital programs: the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) and the Texas Certified Capital Company Program (CAPCO). Both programs make investments in small companies that use the capital to …  More

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Pollution Abatement Spending and Corporate Profitability: Texas Manufacturing

Manufacturing firms are generally on the front lines of environmental protection because most industrial pollution is a result of manufacturing activity. The problem is that firms do not have strong incentives for pollution abatement because they see it as an …  More

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Texas Workforce Investments: Returns for Participants, Taxpayers, and Society

The Texas workforce development system strives to ensure that employers, individuals, and communities have the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. The demands on this system will increase as the state's workforce, currently over 11 million, continues to diversify …  More

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Government Transparency: Trends in Texas

In 2006, Texas initiated what would become a nationwide movement toward increased state government financial transparency by posting detailed records of the Governor's office expenses online. Since then, Texas has remained a leader in the development of web-based tools for …  More

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Texas Wind Industry's Rapid Growth Creates New Challenges

In the past decade, Texas began to harness some of its abundant wind potential and, in the process, became an international wind energy leader. The state currently accounts for more than 25 percent of installed wind energy capacity in the …  More

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The Texas-Mexico Trade Corridor

The U.S.-Mexico relationship has been rocky for some time, and there is little doubt that the current recession has made matters worse. The relationship between the two countries has been strained by competition for jobs, infrastructure issues, security concerns, and …  More

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Shaping Health Reform for the US-Mexico Border Region

There is no area in the U.S. where improving health coverage and availability is more urgent than in the Texas-Mexico border, where population growth and disease rates rise, yet the number of physicians and dentists in the health system remains …  More

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