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Business Development files, 1989-2014

Business Development files, 1989-2014, 45 cubic ft. and 1.12 GB (986 files) (paper, digital)

Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, 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). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.

Scope and ContentEconmic Development

The Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) of the Texas Governor’s Office under Governor Rick Perry specialized in encouraging business expansion and relocation within the state of Texas, as well as promoting domestic and international tourism via partnership with local convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and private travel-related organizations. The records consist of paper and electronic materials generated by Business Development, a subdivision of the EDT, dating 1998-2014. The principal role of Business Development is providing assistance to companies interested in expansion or relocation opportunities in Texas as well as promoting the state’s propitious climate for businesses. Topics covered include international and domestic business relocation, corporate relations, inter-office travel, marketing planning, commercial and demographic research, and the Texas Enterprise Fund. The paper files derive from Corporate Expansion and Recruitment, a subsidiary of Business Development which would later be split into two units: Domestic Expansion and Recruitment, and International Business. Types of records include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, reports, presentations, speeches, spreadsheets, press releases, strategic plans, promotional materials, calendars, guides, and digital photograph files. Organizations represented in the records include the Boeing Aerospace Company, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, the Ret-Ser Engineering Agency, Wal-Mart, and the Toyota Group.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .wpd, .txt, .rtf), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .tif, .gif), databases (.mdb), emails, PDFs, and slide presentations (.ppt). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets, .jpg for photographic or graphic images, .mp3 for audio files. Files in their original format are available on request, restrictions may apply.

Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid is available at

These records are organized into two subseries:

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Business Development files, Texas Governor Rick Perry Office of 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.



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