By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to launch his latest campaign to attract businesses to move to Texas. Perry traveled to California in February to spread the word about doing business in Texas. This week, Perry will venture to the Northeast this week to share the same message with business leaders in Connecticut and New York.
McKinney’s Jim Wehmeier, President and CEO of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, will be again accompanying Perry and helping to sell Texas as the ideal place for businesses to do business. Wehmeier joined Perry on the trip to California as well. Wehmeier told TownSquareBuzz.com that the purpose of this trip is to “promote our state, promote our community and spread the word about Texas.”
Wehmeier will join delegates from six other cities from across the state in accompanying Perry and selling Texas’ low taxes and low regulations as draws for businesses seeking to relocate.
Wehmeier said the group will spend Monday in Hartford, Conn., meeting with “invited guests of the business community.” They will then travel to New York City to meet with other business leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wehmeier said there is no competition between the cities on a trip like this. The goal is simply to sell Texas as the place for businesses to move to. “We’re just sharing the gospel of Texas,” Wehmeier said.
He added that once the company is set on moving to Texas, there isn’t a better place to be than McKinney. “I can’t think of a better place to live than McKinney,” Wehmeier said. “The difference in the cost of living (between McKinney and a place like New York City) is almost laughable. They get a raise on their raise when they move here.”