Texas: The State of Manufacturing: A Secretary of Manufacturing for Texas

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2006-12

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Bureau of Business Research, The University of Texas at Austin

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Bureau of Business Research, The University of Texas at Austin

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In 1907, the Texas Legislature responded to the needs of Texas farmers by establishing the Department of Agriculture to better coordinate agricultural policy and services. Now, 100 years later, it is time for a similar response on behalf of Texas manufacturers. To remain competitive, Texas needs to develop the skills, technologies, and access to markets that are essential to a thriving manufacturing sector, as well as the overall economy of the State. A Secretary of Manufacturing would be an advocate for Texas companies in competitive markets; a catalyst to support innovation in human capital and technology; and a coordinator to promote the common goal of sustainable competitive manufacturing superiority.

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