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A Report to the
Citizens of Texas

Sept. 1, 2010 – Aug. 31, 2011 

State Performance Measures

These performance measures show Texas’ achievements in education, transportation and public health and safety — all key government services influencing and affecting residents’ quality of life.

Selected Performance Measures
Education FY 2011
Targeted
FY 2011
Actual
FY 2010
Actual
Percent of Students Completing High School 84.0% 91.4% 89.2%
Percent of Students Passing All Tests Taken 75.0% 75.8% 75.8%
Natural Resources FY 2011
Targeted
FY 2011
Actual
FY 2010
Actual
Percent of Private Land Acreage in Texas Managed to Enhance Wildlife 16.2% 17.9% 16.9%
Number of Grant-assisted Projects Completed

Note: Grant-assisted projects are local park acquisition, development or construction projects that receive a state or federal matching grant.

39 38 37
Public Safety FY 2011
Targeted
FY 2011
Actual
FY 2010
Actual
Number of Crimes Committed per 100,000 Population (Index Crime Rate) 4,600 4,600 4,600
Number of Emergency Incidents Coordinated 5,000 4,679 5,806
Public Health FY 2011
Targeted
FY 2011
Actual
FY 2010
Actual
Percent of Prevalence of Tobacco Use Among Middle & High School Youth in Target Areas of Texas 19.0% 18.3% 22.3%
Number of Women and Children Served (Family Violence Services) 80,942 79,319 79,060
Transportation FY 2011
Targeted
FY 2011
Actual
FY 2010
Actual
Dollar Volume of Construction Contracts Awarded (Millions) $4,541.00 $3,496.79 $3,233.83
Number of Construction Projects Awarded 1,000 868 1,061

Source: Legislative Budget Board

Accomplishments by Area

Austin — Round Rock — San Marcos

Forbes.com ranked the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metro first on its “America’s Best Cities for Jobs” list in 2011.

Forbes.com ranked Austin among the top cities of the world in 2011 based on its business-friendliness, affordability and attractiveness to “millenials” (starting their families later this decade).

Shopping giant and online auction website eBay announced a planned expansion of its Austin office by 1,000 jobs during the next 10 years.

Dallas — Fort Worth

The city of Dallas thinks big. It has one of the largest alternative fuel fleets in the U.S. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, is the world’s third-busiest airport.

El Paso

El Paso is on the cusp of transforming itself into a rich, global cultural attraction through continued development of the arts, historical archeological sites and music.

El Paso remains one of the busiest border crossing points in the U.S. Fort Bliss’ continued development represents the largest U.S. Department of Defense expansion in U.S. history and supports 30,000 active-duty personnel.

Fort Worth — Arlington

Fort Worth’s largest business expansions in 2011 include GE Transportation, which will potentially bring in 775 new jobs and estimated investments of $100 million. Brightpoint, Inc. plans to relocate its Touchstone Wireless operations, creating 200 jobs. TD Ameritrade also plans to create about 500 jobs within three years after an $11.2 million remodeling and expansion project.

Houston — Sugar Land — Baytown

The Houston Airport System is the fourth-largest multiple airport system in the U.S.

In 2011, Houston ranked first in the following categories: Fastest Growing Millionaire City in the U.S. by Forbes, Top Cities for IT Jobs by Modis, Top Local Government Green Power Purchaser by the Environmental Protection Agency, Lowest Cost of Living - Large Metro by ACCRA Cost of Living Index and Top U.S. Manufacturing City by Manufacturers News, among others.

San Antonio — New Braunfels

Lackland Air Force Base was selected as headquarters for a new Cyber Command to defend Air Force computers against cyber attacks and prevent computer disruptions.

 

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