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Economic Development and Tourism Division

Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Texas Governor Rick Perry Economic Development and Tourism Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1989-2014, undated, bulk 1989-2005

Organization History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

Economic Development and TourismCreator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor Rick Perry Economic Development and Tourism Division records
Dates: 1989-2014, undated
Dates: bulk 1989-2005
Abstract: The Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) of the Texas Governor’s Office under Governor Rick Perry specialized in encouraging in-state business expansion and relocation as well as promoting domestic and international tourism via partnerships with local convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and private travel-related organizations. These records document the regular activities of several sections of the EDT, along with predecessor agencies the Texas Department of Commerce and Texas Department of Economic Development, during the terms of governors Rick Perry, George W. Bush, and Ann Richards. Efforts to convince corporate entities to relocate or expand into the state of Texas are a particular emphasis. Records encompass paper, sound recording, and electronic record types including incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, forms, reports, publications, presentations, speeches, spreadsheets, organization charts, press releases, notes, strategic plans, brochures, agenda, calendars, promotional materials, videotapes, audio cassette tapes, and digital images. Records date 1989-2014 and undated, with the bulk dating 1989-2005.
Quantity: 49 cubic ft. and 1.74 GB (2203 files)
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
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A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/60014/tsl-60014.html.


Organization of the Records

The records are organized into five series and four subseries:


Agency History

The Economic Development and Tourism Division originated in 2003, when several functions of the abolished Texas Department of Economic Development and Texas Aerospace Commission were transferred to a division under the Texas Governor’s Office (Senate Bill 275, 78th Legislature, Regular Session). The division encourages and pursues business expansion and attracts business relocation prospects for the state of Texas, with specific subordinate offices focusing on small businesses, military installations, and aerospace, aviation, and defense businesses. It operates the Texas Economic Development Bank, which provides financial incentives to businesses expanding or relocating to the state of Texas, and makes capital funds available to in-state businesses for economic development projects. Finally, the Division also promotes Texas as an attractive travel destination through a multimedia marketing campaign and strategic partnerships with convention and visitors bureaus, local chambers of commerce, private travel-related organizations, and associations.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) of the Texas Governor’s Office under Governor Rick Perry specialized in encouraging in-state business expansion and relocation, as well as promoting domestic and international tourism via partnership with local convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and private travel-related organizations. These records document the regular activities of several sections of the EDT, along with its predecessor agencies the Texas Department of Commerce and Texas Department of Economic Development, during the terms of governors Rick Perry, George W. Bush, and Ann Richards. Efforts to convince corporate entities to relocate or expand into the state of Texas are a particular emphasis of the records. Dates include 1989-2014, undated, with the bulk dating 1989-2005. Records in this series include paper, sound recording, and electronic record types including incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, forms, reports, publications, presentations, speeches, agenda, spreadsheets, organization charts, press releases, notes, strategic plans, brochures, calendars, promotional materials, videotapes, audio cassette tapes, and digital images. Organizations prominent in the records include the subordinate Texas Military Preparedness Commission and EDT predecessor organizations the Texas Department of Economic Development, and the Texas Department of Commerce.

Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, and Texas Military Preparedness Commission files covers the activities of this subdivision of the EDT, including closed projects, strategic planning, coordination with the defense industry, and correspondence with local government, dating 2003-2014. Business Development files are split into subseries of electronic files and a subseries of paper records concerning corporate expansion and recruitment efforts, dating 1989-2014. Topics covered include business relocation, marketing, economic research, and the Texas Enterprise Fund. Texas Emerging Technology Fund files consist of a single document generated by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund subdivision of the EDT, a form waiver letter for the Regional Centers for Innovation and Commercialization program, dating 2012. Texas Tourism files document tourism in Texas, advertising initiatives, public relations, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the EDT’s Tourism Advisory Committee, dating 2000-2014. Department of Commerce Policy Board general files series comprise personnel files for members of the governing board of EDT predecessor agency Department of Commerce, as well as unassigned financial statements and oaths of office, dating 1992-1995.

The extent of the electronic records is provided by the file size, and the number of files and folders. The inventory does not list every single electronic file or folder.

Electronic records described in this finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to paper and electronic records.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .wpd), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx, .wk4), photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .tif, .gif, .wpg), databases (.mdb), emails, PDFs, PowerPoint, and web-ready images (.htm, .mht). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request, restrictions may apply.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Physical materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Physical materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, bank account numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); home address and phone numbers of government employees or officials and personal family information (Texas Government Code, Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); agency memorandums and working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.111); e-mail addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); proprietary and trade secret information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.110); and other information protected under common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access can be found in the series-level description.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
Researchers wishing to access videotapes, audiotapes, or floppy discs must contact State Archives staff to obtain the necessary equipment.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Texas Department of Commerce business development files, 1985-1993, 23 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Commerce Office of Industry Development and Recruitment project files, 1983-1984, 1987-1994, bulk 1989-1991, 4 cubic ft.
Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records, 1970, 1982-2000, bulk 1995-2000, 63.25 cubic ft.
Texas Tourist Development Agency audiovisual material, about 1963-1987, 16.95 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor Rick Perry Economic Development and Tourism Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 thru March 2015. Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information
Processed by Jonathan King, January 2016

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