Tribpedia: Economy

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With a civilian labor force of more than 12 million and a gross state product of $1.22 trillion in 2008, Texas has the second largest economy in the United States and the 15th largest in the world. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is one of many agencies that keeps track. The state comptroller stays up with key statistics.

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U. of Houston Creates Major Fund to Attract Key Faculty

University of Houston President Renu Khator is setting aside $30 million to bring in 60 new faculty members over the next two years, all of them in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The hope is that the effort will go a long way in lifting the prestige and global competitiveness of the university, as well as help Houston meet its workforce needs.

L to R:  Ruth Sagehorn and Virginia Schuerman look at entries in the citrus fruit exhibit at the Citrus Fiesta in Mission on Saturday Jan 28th, 2012.
L to R: Ruth Sagehorn and Virginia Schuerman look at entries in the citrus fruit exhibit at the Citrus Fiesta in Mission on Saturday Jan 28th, 2012.

Greening Disease Threatens Texas Citrus

The first-known case of citrus greening disease in Texas was confirmed last month on a Rio Grande Valley orange tree. After getting the go-ahead, quarantined growers, pressed to move the last of the year’s oranges to market, cautiously resumed harvesting on Feb. 1. But they fear the disease could spread and seriously damage their industry.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/16/12

Root on the end of Rick Perry's presidential campaign, Murphy on what happens to his campaign cash, Ramsey on his next act, Ramshaw, Aaronson, Murphy, Chang and Seger interactively chart the rise and fall of his run, Aguilar talks Juárez violence with a documentary filmmaker, Galbraith on the tug-of-war over surface water, Grissom and Murphy on three decades of capital punishment in Texas, Hamilton and Aaronson on our workforce needs in 2018 and Tan on the state's much-reduced list of women's health clinics: The best of our best content from January 16-20, 2012.

Rackspace Hosting Headquarters in San Antonio, Monday, January 7, 2012.
Rackspace Hosting Headquarters in San Antonio, Monday, January 7, 2012.

Texas Businesses Oppose Bill Combating Online Piracy

Online piracy is hurting the nation's economy and putting lives at risk, says U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio. He wrote the Stop Online Piracy Act to address the problem, but his bill has gotten the cold shoulder in his home state. Texas-based technology companies argue that Smith’s plan would hurt more than help.

The San Antonio Riverwalk looking south from the Commerce St bridge, Thursday, December 22, 2011.
The San Antonio Riverwalk looking south from the Commerce St bridge, Thursday, December 22, 2011.

As San Antonio Grows, So Does Its Confidence

In the last decade, companies have flocked to San Antonio, making it an economic center rivaling Houston and Dallas, and rattling the Alamo City's pre-existing inferiority complex. With that business expansion has come energetic population growth: San Antonio has added more people within its city boundaries than any other major Texas city. But these days, it is not easy to shake the city’s confidence.

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Guillarmo Amieva of Mexico City snaps a picture of Cowboys Stadium while on a tour from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Guillarmo Amieva of Mexico City snaps a picture of Cowboys Stadium while on a tour from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Slideshow: Mexican Cowboys Fans Take Bus Tour to Dallas

The warnings were clear: avoid traveling the highways in northern Mexico at night. But it wasn't enough to stop some of the most fervent Mexican fans of the Dallas Cowboys from traversing them to get to a game. 

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

A Road Trip, Mexican Style, to Watch the Cowboys

“Los Vaqueros de Dallas” — the Dallas Cowboys — have attracted a giant, devoted fan base in Mexico, a country where American football ranks second to Mexican fútbol. Travelers routinely risk overnight bus tours on roads traversed by violent drug cartels for the chance to watch America’s Team play in the new Cowboys Stadium. 

President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas speaks at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce annual Economic Forecast event at the Hilton Hotel in Austin, TX - Dec. 16, 2011
President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas speaks at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce annual Economic Forecast event at the Hilton Hotel in Austin, TX - Dec. 16, 2011

Dallas Fed President: Indecision Stymies Economy

The engine is primed to rev up the national economy, but businesses aren’t putting the pedal to the metal, Richard K. Fisher, the president and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve, said today.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/21/11

Root and Tan on the restoration of the Governor's Mansion and on the Perrys' expensive replacement digs, E. Smith's TribLive interview with three freshman legislators in El Paso, M. Smith on tough financial standards for local school districts, Ramshaw and Murphy on Texas docs paid by drug companies, yours truly on new congressional and legislative redistricting maps, Hamilton on the biggest competitive endeavor in Brownsville's schools and Aguilar on how border mayors feel about military equipment in their cities: The best of our best content from November 21 to 25, 2011.

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in October

The Texas unemployment rate dropped only slightly this month from 8.5 percent to 8.4 percent, according to statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission today. But the state's economy is not performing as well as it was this time last year. And as the national economy has improved, the Texas economy has lagged.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/31/11

The latest UT/TT Poll on the 2012 race and other issues, Root on Herman Cain's stumble, Ramshaw and Titus on Texas Republicans who don't support Perry, Murphy maps presidential fundraising in Texas, Philpott on changing the constitution for parks and education, Hamilton on a case of higher ed separation anxiety, Grissom on the state's breakup with a death penalty witness, Galbraith on a congressman's search for a big leak, Aguilar on the Border Patrol's effort to operate in environmentally protected areas and Aaronson on a dramatic drop in government employment in Texas: The best of our best content from October 31 to November 4, 2011.