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A Report to the Citizens of Texas — Selected Measures

Fiscal 2012 • Sept. 1, 2011 – Aug. 31, 2012

State Performance Measures

These performance measures show Texas’ achievements in education, natural resources, public safety, public health, transportation and business and economic development – all key government services influencing and affecting residents’ quality of life.

Selected Performance Measures
Education FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Percent of Students Completing High School 89.6% 92.1% 91.4%
Total Average Daily Attendance 4,634,263 4,627,055 4,551,084
Natural Resources FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Percent of Private Land Acreage in Texas Managed to Enhance Wildlife 16.3% 16.7% 17.9%
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.

31 30 38
Public Safety FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Arrests for Narcotics Violations 1,500 1,497 1,616
Number of Emergency Incidents Coordinated 5,780 4,045 4,679
Public Health FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Percent of Prevalence of Tobacco Use Among Middle & High School Youth in Target Areas of Texas 23.6% 18.1% 18.3%
Number of Women and Children Served (Family Violence Services) 80,940 79,053 79,319
Transportation FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Dollar Volume of Construction Contracts Awarded (Millions) $2,280.00 $2,792.20 $3,496.79
Number of Construction Projects Awarded 640 685 868
Business and Economic Development FY 2012
Targeted
FY 2012
Actual
FY 2011
Actual
Customers Served – Job Seekers 1,900,000 1,548,539 1,729,517

Source: Legislative Budget Board

Accomplishments by Metro Area

Austin — Round Rock — San Marcos

Capital Building in Austin, Texas

The economy for the Austin area received high marks from a number of 2012 studies. In its annual analysis of local and state economies, Policom Corp. ranked Austin the fifth-strongest metropolitan area in the country. Austin ranked even higher – second – in a new economic index ranking of the 102 largest cities in the country.

In Austin, the number of new home building permits issued in 2012 is nearing 2007 levels, with an 83 percent increase over 2011. And in 2012, Samsung announced a $4 billion investment in its Austin semiconductor plant to focus on higher-end chips. Local leaders credit Austin’s open, collaborative and supportive business climate in luring both startup and established businesses to the city.

Dallas — Fort Worth

The Brookings Institute said Dallas/Fort Worth was one of three nationwide metropolitan areas to have fully recovered from the recent recession. Both output per capita and employment have returned to pre-recession levels. Officials credit the growth of energy production and financial and professional services for the recovery.

Dallas Texas Skyline

The City of Dallas has seen sales tax revenue grow over the past two years while the city’s property tax base has recovered from a three-year decline.

Fort Worth was honored with a 2012 Community Economic Development Award from the Texas Economic Development Council for attracting GE Manufacturing Solutions, which is building a facility to annually produce nearly 300 locomotives.

Houston — Sugar Land — Baytown

In the Brookings Global MetroMonitor ranking of the largest 300 metropolitan economies in the world, Houston ranked first in the country, 40th worldwide.

Houston has garnered a number of top spots in 2012 surveys: Payscale.com’s Best Cities for Your Career in 2013, Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mobile Shopping, and U-Haul International’s Top Destination City.

San Antonio — New Braunfels

SABER Research Institute conducted a study crediting the annual impact of military-related jobs, investment and spending in San Antonio at $27 billion. The study shows that Joint Base San Antonio is the city’s largest single employer with 92,000 positions – this is in addition to the 40,000 positions in other areas of the military located in San Antonio.

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce credits the military and the expanding healthcare industry for the city’s strongest economy in four years. The On Numbers Economic Index rates San Antonio’s economy in the top three of Texas metropolitan areas, and 11th nationally.

 

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