Thank you Ramiro Cavazos, for that introduction and thank you for all you and your chamber have done for the city of San Antonio and the economic climate in Texas.
Organizations like the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber along with the chambers in their sister cities like El Paso, Houston and Dallas work tirelessly to start conversation build relationships and open folks' eyes to the remarkable opportunities in the Lone Star State.
If you're here from another state, you may not be that excited to know that the Texas economy is doing better than the rest of the country and that we lead the nation in job creation along with exports and Fortune 1000 companies.
If anything, I hope you're encouraged by our success and that you might take some of our ideas home with you as you continue to pursue economic growth.
Now, I'd rather not share the number one contributor to our success because that's our hardworking citizens but I'm happy to tell you about the job-friendly environment we've created for them.
Basically, we've followed four simple rules, starting with, number one, don't spend all the money so there are funds available for a rainy day.
Next, keep the regulations predictable, so employers know what to expect from one day to the next.
Third, cut down on frivolous lawsuits by reforming the legal system.
Fourth, make the schools more accountable, so the workforce of tomorrow is better educated.
That approach imparts stability to our economic climate and encourages entrepreneurs to create jobs which has helped keep our unemployment rate about a full point lower than the national average.
As a result, employers from across the country are catching wind of a place where they can find relief from the growing tax burdens and government interference that is increasingly common in their own states.
As those entrepreneurs look for a place to pursue their dreams I tell them, "get here as soon as you can."
Here in Texas, they'll find themselves in the company of employers like Toyota, which recently opened a new truck line in San Antonio, Samsung, which is investing $3.6 billion to expand its semiconductor plant in Austin and Healthcare Management Systems that just today announced plans to bring 350 more jobs to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
If you're here from out of state, and have seen the effect of less-job-friendly approaches back home challenge your elected leaders to enact some Texas-style reforms in your own states.
It'll be better for your businesses and better for your state.
Most importantly, it'll be better for the people who fill the jobs you'll create.
If sharing "trade secrets" seems a little risky to you, I'm not worried because Texans love competition, it just makes us better.
Another thing that makes Texas stronger is the diversity of thought and heritage that combine to form one unique culture.
Here in Texas, it doesn't matter who your parents are or how your last name is spelled when it comes to making a better life for your family.
Here in Texas, Hispanic children have so many role models who have been successful in the private and public sector.
During my time as governor, I have worked to appoint the best, most qualified individual to leadership roles across the state including our first Latina Secretary of State, Hope Andrade and our first Latina on the Supreme Court, Justice Eva Guzman.
Young Hispanics in Texas can aspire to be the next Rolando Pablos, who chairs our Racing Commission, Roberto DeHoyos, who heads up the Texas Enterprise Fund, and Jose Cuevas at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
These leaders make me proud to be a Texan and optimistic about our future.
After all, like our state flag's one star, we are one Texas and one people, in pursuit of the same basic things.
We share the core values of family, faith and hard work.
These are essential Texas values, and we need to perpetuate them in our homes, in our schools, and in the voting booth.
Thank you all again for choosing Texas for your convention and doing us the favor of being here.
I hope you not only take home new business contacts, but a new vision of how to strengthen your economy Texas-style.
May God bless you and, through you, may He continue to bless the Great State of Texas and the United States of America.