Since we took office, our administration has made economic development our top priority. As the Opelousas Daily World says, the bottom line is that our focus on jobs is working and our economy is outperforming the southern economy and the national economy. Leading companies from across the country have taken note of our efforts and moved their headquarters or other significant operations from California, Georgia, Virginia, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oregon to right here in Louisiana.
On Thursday, we added Texas to that growing list with the announcement that TraceSecurity Inc. is relocating their software development and national sales divisions to Baton Rouge. This move brings more good paying high-tech jobs to Louisiana and as I told the Baton Rouge Advocate, TraceSecurity is exactly the kind of company we had in mind when we worked with the Legislature to expand our digital media tax credit program.
More good news came with the recent announcement that Louisiana now ranks No. 9 in the nation in charter school laws. As reported by the Advocate, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked states based on criteria "such as quality and accountability, funding equity, facilities, autonomy, and growth and choice." These new laws allow Louisiana to compete for a competitive grant program called "Race to the Top" that will further allow us to support long-term education reform and provide a great education for all of our Louisiana children.
Louisiana knows firsthand the impact a natural disaster can have on cities, communities, and families; and that's why I've made our state resources available to assist in the response and recovery efforts taking place in Haiti. Many state resources have been identified and I've asked the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and our Louisiana National Guard to stand ready to assist in any way that we can. Already, we have offered 65,000 MREs and more than a million bottles of water being donated by a private company.
In addition to our state's recovery assets, our hearts and prayers go out to those in Haiti, across our state, and around the world whose lives have been affected by this tragedy of epic proportions. I encourage those of you who are looking to contribute to the Haiti response efforts to visit the websites of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Governor Bobby Jindal