Team Texas

Texas IT

Austin, Dallas, and Houston, TX, make up Team Texas.

Here are some key facts about Austin

  • Year after year the Austin area gets top marks for its quality of life. It’s the country’s 13th largest city with all the positive attributes of a smaller town … quality healthcare, low crime rates, affordable housing, outstanding schools, and a low cost of living.
  • Austin hosts a highly educated, bilingual, multi-tiered workforce and a passion for success. Its population offers skill sets that ranges from high-end technology design, development and marketing to back-office operations that help customers with everything from banking services to video game advice.
  • Texas features no personal income tax, and overall the state has one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the nation, ranking 42nd among the 50 states in taxes paid per $1,000 of personal income.
  • Austin has a thriving business base that includes enterprises in technologymulti-mediaclean energy and life sciencesadvanced manufacturing and data centers.
  • Texas has no personal income tax, and overall the state has one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the nation, ranking 42nd among the 50 states in taxes paid per $1,000 of personal income.
  • Austin IT staffingTexas consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most favorable business climates based on its low tax burden and competitive regulatory environment. In Texas, aggregate costs for real estate, energy, wages and taxes are below most states in the country.
  • Compared to other major business centers, Austin is well known for offering affordable living. The National Association of Realtors reports that the median home price in Austin was $193,100 in 2011 while the national median was $166,200. The National Association of Home Builders, which also produces median home price estimates, has a narrower difference between Austin and the nation. Their first quarter 2012 estimate for Austin is $184,000 and the national estimate is $162,000. NAHB estimates that 75.9% of homes sold in Austin are affordable to households earning Austin’s median family income – similar to the 77.5% national affordability rate.
  • In the Austin metro, 40.6% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28.5% nationally, putting Austin in the top 10 among the largest metros. The region benefits from over 50 colleges and universities and 400,000 enrolled students within a 100-mile radius. Our growing workforce is young and eager, with a median age that is over four years younger than that of the rest of the nation.

Source: The The Austin Chamber

Here are some key facts about Dallas

  • IT Staffing Dallas Texas and FactsAccess to a three-million strong workforce, where 30% of regional workers have at least a college degree. There are more than 700,000 professionals in management, finance, computing, architecture, engineering and the sciences, more than 300,000 professionals in education and health services. The diverse economy offers many opportunities for dual profession families, and assures a strong pool of talent for area businesses.
  • The Dallas area is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies. Dallas itself is home to 269 locally headquartered companies that each employ more than 1,000 globally. Of Forbes largest privately held companies, 10 are located in the Dallas area.
  • With the cost of living at 98.9% of the national average and no personal income tax, Dallas offers a wonderful quality of life. A growing transit system includes 74 rail stations, plus three planned or under construction. Area colleges and universities enroll 317,000 students and Dallas has the largest arts district in the U.S. Thousands of restaurants, 24 libraries, 70 million square feet of shopping, 23,000 park acres, over 100 miles of trails, plus franchises for all the major professional sports leagues provide endless entertainment.
  • Dallas is a growing city with a local market of 6.53 million residents. The Brookings Institute rates Dallas in the top tier of best performing metro areas over the recession.
  • Dallas government is pro-development, maintaining a comprehensive plan and economic development strategy to encourage growth. Investing over $600 million through its most recent bond program, Dallas’s upgraded infrastructure keeps businesses competitive.

Source: City of Dallas Economic Profile

Here are some key facts about Houston

  • Houston ITThe Houston region is one of the most important industrial bases in the world and was recently ranked No. 1 among the top U.S. manufacturing cities (Manufacturers’ News Inc., January 2013).
  • Houston is also home to the largest medical complex in the world – the Texas Medical Center – and provides clinical health care, research and education at its 54 institutions at TMC.
  • Houston has more than 190 life sciences and biotechnology companies as well as academic partnerships; more than 100 cutting edge hospitals and health clinics, and some of the country’s top research facilities. In addition, the 2011 Issue of Business Facilities ranks Texas as the second strongest state in biotechnology growth and capacity due to strong technology infrastructure, research facilities, commercial company presence and financing.
  • Houston is home to 5,152 manufacturers who employ almost a quarter of a million skilled workers.
  • Houston has one of the largest concentrations of industrial space in the nation and the area has room to meet future demand.
  • The region also is home to more than 400 software development companies tapping into a large customer base in areas of energy, space science, biotechnology and leading technology research and development operations.
  • Houston is home to Johnson Space Center, a $1.5 billion complex housing one of NASA’s largest R&D facilities and a source of the nation’s best high-tech professionals in science and engineering.
  • Houston’s aviation community includes more than 150 companies involved in aircraft or space vehicle manufacturing, space research and technology.
  • Houston is the birthplace of nanotechnology and ranks as one of the top ten metro areas handling significant research and commercialization.
  • Houston’s geographic advantages and proximity to major population centers throughout the U.S. Midwest makes it an ideal venue to set up manufacturing and logistics facilities with fewer supply chain costs.
  • Houston is the U.S. energy headquarters and a world center for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry including exploration, production, transmission, marketing, supply and technology.
  • Houston employs 77,820 engineering and architecture professionals many of which are involved in the energy industry.
  • Of the twenty-five (25) largest private employers in the Houston region, 13 are headquartered in the Houston metro, including Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Schlumberger, Shell Oil Company, The Methodist Hospital System, National Oilwell Varco, BP America, UTMB Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Pappas Restaurants, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Health System, and Texas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Houston ranks third among areas in Fortune 500 headquarters. Twenty-five Fortune 500 companies base their operations in the MSA.

Source: The Greater Houston Partnership