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‘Texas Century’ a moving concept

Gov. Rick Perry, in his address to members of the 82nd Legislature as he officially reclaimed his incumbent seat as leader of the state at Tuesday’s inauguration, touched on a gem.
He called this period in our state’s history one that has put us ahead of some of the once-great regions of the country mired in economic turmoil. Texas’ business friendly climate, built on the shoulders of cities like Ennis where economic development and recruitment are priorities has created a state known far and wide as one where business is good.

That sets the stage for what Perry called the “Texas Century.”
“Americans once looked to the East Coast for opportunity and inspiration, then to the West Coast,” Perry said in his inaugural address. “Today they are looking to the Gulf Coast — they are looking to Texas.

“Our state is the new, best hope for entrepreneurs and small businesses — the place where Americans can redeem their promise and fulfill their potential.”

His address sounded much like a rallying cry from a commanding general before leading his troops into the unknown. With economic conditions of such hardship most have not seen their equal in their lifetimes, it could very well be put that way.

Perry touched on an idea that encapsulates the enterprising and cooperative spirit we love to see in our neighbors, as well as the motivational pride that has long driven Texans’ image of themselves as members of a larger nation.

That “Texas Century” could be one driven by the relentless pursuit of growth and progress evident in communities across the state, or by the research and development present in our state institutions of higher learning, or in a landmark role our school districts and system as a whole will play in the educational restructuring of America.

Bringing all eyes to bear on Texas right now is both a grand motivational tool and the kind of move that puts a high bar in front of us moving forward. Either way, Perry is right to note the successes the state has enjoyed as examples for those less successful.

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