Texas Business
11:03 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Launches Million-Dollar Ad Campaign In New York And Conn.

Coming off his February trip to California and an Illinois stop two months later, Gov. Rick Perry is taking his business pitch to New York and Connecticut hoping to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

Starting on June 16 Perry will be showcasing some of the state's finer points for businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State while also visiting the East Coast.

The advertisements  feature various business leaders in Texas and celebrities like former NFL star Emmitt Smith and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

The ad campaign is part of a continued effort put out by Governor Perry to attract out-of-state businesses with billions-of-dollars in tax-incentives including the cost of moving in some cases. Lucy Naistad, who works in the governor's office, said this campaign has no cost to Texans.

"Texas One [who paid for the ads] is a public-private partnership. Communities and businesses are members of it, so no state tax dollars are paying for the governor’s trip or for the ads," she said.

While Perry said he is hoping to attract any type of business, he will be touring the facilities of several gun manufacturers in the area--especially in Connecticut, where the state’s legislature has recently passed strict gun legislation.