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October 2008

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by Editorial Team

UT Southwestern’s Medical School Top for Hispanics

For the second year in a row, the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School has ranked as the nation’s top medical school for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

UT Southwestern Medical School was followed by Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Other Texas medical schools on the list include the UT Medical School at San Antonio (No. 4), the UT Health Science Center at Houston Medical School (No. 5) and the School of Medicine at UT Medical Branch in Galveston (No. 7).

UT Southwestern has a total medical school enrollment of more than 900 students. Of those, nearly 125 are Hispanic. In 2007, UT Southwestern conferred 226 degrees. Hispanics earned about 20 percent of those.

To read the complete listing of top medical school for Hispanics, visit www.hispanicbusiness.com/rankings.

(Karen Hudgins)

Dell Gets Nod from Working Moms

Working Mother magazine has named Dell to its annual list of 100 Best Companies for working mothers. The list features companies that have a broad range of family-friendly programs and promote work-life balance.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies know that their investment pays for itself through employee loyalty and they realize that productivity depends as much on satisfied staffers as on smart processes,” says Suzanne Riss, editor-in-chief of Working Mother.

Dell officials say the programs are meant to attract and retain the best employees.

“It’s also about flexibility,” says Bryant Hilton, a Dell spokesman. “We know our employees are committed to Dell, but they also have commitments outside of Dell. We want to make sure they have the flexibility to balance both of those.”

According to the list of companies, 75 to 99 percent of Dell employees have access to flextime, telecommuting and job sharing options. The company also offers four weeks of paid leave to new moms.

To view the 100 Best Companies for working mothers, visit www.workingmother.com.

(Tracey Lamphere)

Dallas, Houston Top List of Retirement Spots

Dallas and Houston ranked as the nation’s second and fourth most affordable places to retire, according to a ranking published in September by Forbes.

The ranking cited “a warm climate and growing economies” as making both cities great spots for retirees to live out their golden years. The listing praised Dallas’ robust economy, sunny weather, low taxes and Southern hospitality.

Forbes lauded Houston’s affordable housing, bustling technology scene and tax revenues from its oil and alternative energy industries.

Dallas and Houston earned praise for their employment options for retirees, with 20 percent of those 65 and over collecting a weekly paycheck.

Columbus, Ohio topped the list of the nation’s most affordable places to retire.

In producing the list, Forbes ranked the 40 largest Census-defined metropolitan statistical areas and looked at cost of living factors such as housing affordability and inflationary pressures. For more information and to view the complete list, please visit www.forbes.com.

(Karen Hudgins)

Houston Well Represented on Fortune’s 100-Fastest Growing Companies List

Five Houston companies ranked within the top 10 on Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 fastest-growing companies.

T-3 Energy Services ranked No. 2, followed by Allis-Chalmers Energy at No. 3, while DXP Enterprises came it at No. 5. National Oilwell Varco and Atwood Oceanics came in at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively.

The publication ranked companies based on revenue growth for the period ended June 30, 2008, among other factors.

To view the report, visit www.fortune.com.

(Michael Castellon)

Smoking Up Texas

Barbecue is big business in Texas. We’re home to some of the finest barbecue in the world. In fact, there are so many barbecue restaurants in Texas that it’s difficult to know who has the best. We want to hear from you. Do you have a favorite smokehouse? Who has the best potato salad or cornbread? Let us know who it is, and why you think they’re tops, and we may publish your comments online at www.fiscalnotes.com. Write us at fiscal.notes@cpa.state.tx.us.

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