Texas adds more jobs than almost the entire US combined!

I just read this Wall Street Journal article about the post-recession and what the track record is for each individual state for adding new jobs.  Needless to say, the reason why this is being blogged about is because Texas kicked butt once again.  Texas added 265,000 jobs since June 2009 through April 2011 compared to 47 other states combined for just 266,000!  Rounding out the top 3 are New York at 98,000 and Pennsylvania at 93,000.

Rather then the Federal government following the Texas model of small government and business-friendly climate, it chooses to follow the example of California which has lost 11,400 jobs during the same time.  Check out the full article below:


The Lone Star Jobs Surge

The Texas model added 37% of all net U.S. jobs since the recovery began.

(WSJ – 6/10/2011) Richard Fisher, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, dropped by our offices this week and relayed a remarkable fact: Some 37% of all net new American jobs since the recovery began were created in Texas. Mr. Fisher’s study is a lesson in what works in economic policy—and it is worth pondering in the current 1.8% growth moment.

Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, Dallas Fed economists looked at state-by-state employment changes since June 2009, when the recession ended. Texas added 265,300 net jobs, out of the 722,200 nationwide, and by far outpaced every other state. New York was second with 98,200, Pennsylvania added 93,000, and it falls off from there. Nine states created fewer than 10,000 jobs, while Maine, Hawaii, Delaware and Wyoming created fewer than 1,000. Eighteen states have lost jobs since the recovery began.

The data are even more notable because they’re calculated on a “sum of states” basis, which the BLS does not use because they can have sampling errors. Using straight nonfarm payroll employment, Texas accounts for 45% of net U.S. job creation. Modesty is not typically considered a Texas virtue, but the results speak for themselves.

Texas is also among the few states that are home to more jobs than when the recession began in December 2007. The others are North Dakota, Alaska and the District of Columbia. If that last one sounds like an outlier at first, remember the government boom of the Obama era, which has helped loft D.C. payrolls 18,000 jobs above the pre-crisis status quo. Even so, Texas is up 30,800.



What explains this Lone Star success? Texas is a big state, but its population of 24.7 million isn’t that much bigger than the Empire State, about 19.5 million. California is a large state too—36.9 million—and yet it’s down 11,400 jobs. Mr. Fisher argues that Texas is doing so well relative to other states precisely because it has rejected the economic model that now prevails in Washington, and we’ll second that notion.

Mr. Fisher notes that all states labor under the same Fed monetary policy and interest rates and federal regulation, but all states have not performed equally well. Texas stands out for its free market and business-friendly climate.

Capital—both human and investment—is highly mobile, and it migrates all the time to the places where the opportunities are larger and the burdens are lower. Texas has no state income tax. Its regulatory conditions are contained and flexible. It is fiscally responsible and government is small. Its right-to-work law doesn’t impose unions on businesses or employees. It is open to global trade and competition: Houston, San Antonio and El Paso are entrepôts for commerce, especially in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Based on his conversations with CEOs and other business leaders, Mr. Fisher says one of Texas’s huge competitive advantages is its ongoing reform of the tort system, which has driven litigation costs to record lows. He also cited a rule in place since 1998 in the backwash of the S&L debacle that limits mortgage borrowing to 80% of the appraised value of a home. Like a minimum down payment, this reduces overleveraging and means Texas wasn’t hurt as badly by the housing crash as other states.

Texan construction employment has contracted by 2.3% since the end of the recession, along with manufacturing (a 1.8% decline) and information (-8.4%). But growth in other areas has surpassed these losses. Professional and business services accounted for 22.9% of the total jobs added, health care for 30.5% and trade and energy for 10.6%.

The Texas economy has grown on average by 3.3% a year over the last two decades, compared with 2.6% for the U.S. overall. Yet the core impulse of Obamanomics is to make America less like Texas and more like California, with more government, more unions, more central planning, higher taxes. That the former added 37% of new U.S. jobs suggests what an historic mistake this has been.


Williamson County – Healthiest in Texas


It’s pretty neat that Georgetown, Texas has been recognized as one of the best places to retire.  I often send my blog article to people who are considering this town for retirement.  However, I think I found the real reason right here:

County Health Rankings

According to this website, Williamson County ranked #1 out of all the Texas Counties for Health Outcomes.  This ranking is measured by statistics for premature deaths, poor physical health days, poor mental health days, low birthweight, and more!

So, maybe all of these retirees are on to something.

#1 out of 221 counties…not bad.

Austin, TX – Best Place to Live 2009

The city of Georgetown, Texas is a growing suburb of Austin and is a part of what makes this entire Hill Country such a desirable place to live. US News and World Report cited the warm climate and the great outdoors as one of the reasons why Austin is in the top 10 for 2009. Live music and the arts, as well as a strong technology center also has helped Austin remain diverse and unique among the big cities of America. Check out the full report below:

Best Places to Live 2009
U.S. News looked at areas with strong economies, low living costs, and plenty of fun things to do

By Luke Mullins
Posted June 8, 2009

If you’re a free spirit, music junkie, or barbecue lover—or if you simply have what it takes to “keep Austin weird”—Texas’s state capital is for you. Considered ground zero for live music, this city of 716,000 residents is home to legions of musicaustin-skylineians and nearly 200 performance venues. In addition, Austin hosts the always popular South by Southwest festival. Since its inception in 1987, the event has mushroomed from a local gathering to a 1,800-band, 80-stage extravaganza of music, filmmaking, and interactive activities featuring performers from all over the world. Austin is also a high-tech hub, with companies like Dell and IBM, which employ thousands of residents. The city’s warm climate offers plenty of sunshine, while the open green spaces don’t provide any excuse for staying indoors. Head over to Lions Municipal Golf Course for an inexpensive round. Wander through the 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park until you find Barton Springs Pool, a 3-acre water source fed by underground springs that keep its temperature around 68 degrees all year long. To escape the city, head for the nearby Hill Country. “It’s rolling hills cut with lots of little creeks and streams,” says Tom Beach, a sales clerk at Austin Canoe & Kayak. “It makes for a nice road trip.”

Move over Nappa Valley, here comes the Hill Country


Well, looks like the city of Georgetown, Texas is doing it again:  making headlines as one of the premier retirement spots in the country.

We’ve already been named to the top 10 retirement spots for golf nuts.  The top 12 places to buy an old house, the #2 place to start a business and the best overall place to retire in the nation!

This time we’re being recognized by US News and Reports as one of 10 Great Places to Retire for Wine Lovers.

That’s nice to know, since it really has been over the past 2 years when Autumn and I decided to explore wine tasting and we’ve found out that we’re in the perfect place for it!  If we (she) hadn’t been pregnant for the past 5 years, we might have been doing this sooner:)   Here is a list of wineries in the greater Georgetown area:

Georgetown Winery

Vineyard at Florence

Water 2 Wine

(Click here for more details on Wineries in Georgetown, Texas)  And here is a list of 34 more wineries in Central Texas.  Georgetown, TX is a great place for wine lovers, offering affordable flavor_wayout_cmykjpghousing, a relatively dry climate and proximity to all of the big city conveniences without having to BE a big city.  Just this past weekend, I took my family to the Georgetown Historic square and listened to some live Jazz music and sampled some local fruit wines made right here in Georgetown at the Georgetown Winery.  I didn’t have to struggle to find parking and while my kids were playing tag by the courthouse with a bunch of other kids, it felt good to know I was in a small, friendly place like Georgetown.

Check out the full article below:

10 Great Places to Retire for Wine Lovers
Wine country can be a beautiful and affordable retirement

By Emily Brandon

Posted May 26, 2009
It all starts with grapes, of course. Fields of them that stretch beyond your line of sight. And when these tiny bits of fruit are baked in the sun just right and then fermented under the correct conditions, they taste exactly like the ideal retirement. One person who discovered his retirement dream in a bottle of wine is Chuck Johnson. A former vice president for a transportation company in Omaha, Johnson, 47, retired from the corporate world and bought a 10 ½-acre farm in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina’s wine country. Now Johnson, his wife, Jamey, and their two teenage sons tend vines and mow grass at Shadow Springs Vineyard. In a brick-and-stone tasting room, they chat about their latest creation, a bold red wine blend infused with dark chocolate called Dark Shadow.

But like many jobs, planting a vineyard as a retirement career also casts a shadow, and not a chocolate-flavored one. “For a guy coming from the corporate life with hundreds of people working for him, having to do everything is a really daunting task,” says Johnson. “I’m working 70 hours a week, seven days a week. At 3 a.m., before I open, I am trying to program the cash register.” There’s a lot more to retiring in wine country than just watching grapes grow.

U.S. News asked a handful of wine experts how wine lovers should decide where to retire. (You can make a personalized list of best places to retire using this search tool.) “If you are a real wine lover and you know a lot about wine, California offers the most intellectual stimulation in terms of the number of different and magnificent wines you can taste,” says Karen MacNeil, director of the wine program at the Culinary Institute of America and author of The Wine Bible. In California’s wine powerhouses, Napa and Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, you can sip a glass of world-class locally grown wine with every meal. But that luxury comes with an exceptional price tag that could keep fixed-income retirees out of the area.

grape113120847jpgLuckily, many other wine-producing regions in the United States offer exceptional beauty and a low-key lifestyle coupled with a much more affordable cost of living. Ithaca, N.Y., and Jefferson City, Mo., both have median home prices below $200,000 while surrounded by gorgeous farmland. “You could probably do well financially if you retire there because it’s not that glitzy yet,” says Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of the International Wine Center and coauthor of Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine, about the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York “I just tasted a whole lot of Finger Lakes Rieslings, and the wines are very exciting.”

The remoteness of many vineyards is both a perk and a drawback. It can be useful for retirees to maintain at least some proximity to a city for medical care, access to airports for travel, or even to enjoy the bright lights and amenities on occasion. “It gets pretty wearing if you have to drive down an unbelievably mountainous road to get a quart of milk,” says MacNeil. “You may not want to be so far from civilization.” One winemaking region that offers a nice mix of proximity to a major city and plenty of lush vineyards and farmland is Leesburg, Va., which is about an hour’s drive from Washington. Austin suburb Georgetown is also close to the 24 wineries of the Texas Hill Country without being too remote. Bill Mateja, a retired director of consumer affairs for Montgomery Ward, and his wife, Susan, moved from West Palm Beach, Fla., to the Sun City Texas retirement community in Georgetown four years ago. The couple get out to the Texas Hill Country about once a month for black bass fishing, antiquing, and tours of the region’s famous wineries. “We will go out to the Hill Country just to inhale the beauty of it,” he says.

Few rural areas can rival the stunning variety of wines that you can get in a big city. “The closer you get to any wine country, even Napa Valley, the less access you have to a very large range of wines,” cautions Claude Robbins, president of the International Wine Guild. “I would rather have access to wines from all over the world.” International wine-loving retirees may want to consider living in a big city near grape-growing regions such as Seattle or Portland, Ore., which provides access to wines made all over the world in addition to local masterpieces. For beer drinkers, both cities also have a thriving microbrewery industry.

If you do need or want to work during the retirement years, a part-time job in a wine shop or tasting room can be a great way to earn money, meet new people, and keep up with developments in the wine industry. “If you go to most wineries, you’re going to find a lot of retirees who are working in tasting rooms,” says Robert Richards, a Pennsylvania State University professor and author of the forthcoming book Wine Savvy: The Art of Buying, Pairing, and Sharing American Wine. “They like talking with people, and they’re very knowledgeable about wine.” Jan King, 69, a retiree in Grand Junction, Colo., works two days a week at the Plum Creek Winery tasting room. “Most of the fun is pouring the wine for visitors from all over the world, and during the quiet times we give tours of the wineries,” she says. King enjoys chatting with the visitors about the wine, local attractions, or even about the winery’s cat, Silvia. The paycheck gives her some extra spending money to eat out and travel. Working in a winery comes with another valuable perk in many parts of the country: discounts at other wineries and local businesses. “That’s how I buy most of my Christmas gifts,” says King.

If you can’t pick just one swath of wine country to put down your roots, you could spend your retirement traveling them all like Terry Sullivan, 58, a retired middle school teacher. He and his wife, Kathy, say they have visited 365 wineries all over the world, and they chronicle their adventures on their website, winetrailtraveler.com. The 2½-year-old website and blog bring in about $4,000 a year from advertisements, which helps subsidize the approximately 10 days a month the couple spend in various wine regions. “You meet people who care about other people at wineries,” says Terry. Plus, “the ambience of being out among the vines is really nice.”

Check out these 10 great places for wine lovers to retire.

Clemmons, N.C.
Georgetown, Texas
Grand Junction, Colo.
Ithaca, N.Y.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Leesburg, Va.
Napa, Calif.
Portland, Ore.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Seattle, WA

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Austin, Texas #2 – In your face Mr. Down Housing Market

Georgetown, Texas is part of the larger Greater Austin area and has been well protected from this recent real estate fiasco. I ran across some encouraging news from Builder Magazine in an article written by Boyce Thompson entitled The Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009. In it, Austin is ranked #2:

austin2. Austin, Texas
2008 Total Building Permits: 14,250

Nine years ago, during the tech bust, some builders felt that Austin was too crowded and left. The bloom is back on Austin’s yellow rose now; it moved up the leader board to become the sixth largest home building market last year. Job creation explains the move. While other markets lost employment, Austin added 17,400 jobs last year, 2.31 percent growth rate. It helps that Austin is home to both a major university, The University of Texas, and the state capital. Existing homes cost a little bit more in Austin than other Texas markets, roughly $190,900, but that’s still below the national average. Also, Austin is one of the few metro areas in the country where median prices actually rose in 2008–1.4 percent through the first three quarters of the year. Amazingly, Austin now generates more home building activity than Chicago, which has six times more people.

Busiest builders: D.R. Horton, Lennar, KB Home, Centex Homes, Meritage Homes. Courtesy: Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

Georgetown Texas – Not just best for retirement…

…we’re also not too shabby for kids.

Texas Monthly magazine recently ranked the Creative Playscape in Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park as the best in state.  I asked my wife what she thought about it and, although she likes it, she mentioned that it was actually a little too big for our little kids and she would have a hard time keeping track of them.  Maybe a great place for the older kids…or mom’s who are a little more care-free.  Anyway, the Austin American Statesman wrote an article on it and I’ve included it below for your convenience:

Georgetown playscape ranked best in state
Texas Monthly magazine praises San Gabriel Park playscape.

By Bob Banta

Thursday, July 17, 2008

GEORGETOWN — When Raoul Perez drove into Georgetown on an errand last week from his home in Marble Falls, he ran into an unexpected delay.

“My daughter, Adrianna, looked out of the car window and saw the playscape here and just had to stop and play on it,” Perez said as he pushed his 1-year-old son, Julian, on a swing while Adrianna, 7, explored the playscape’s maze of tunnels and towers.

Adrianna’s attraction to the 15-year-old Creative Playscape in Georgetown’s San Gabriel park is not unusual. Designed by architect Robert Leathers of Ithaca, N.Y., the facility was named favorite playground for children in the April issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

“With all the places to run and hide, no game of tag will ever be the same after your kids have played here,” said the article, compiled by a team of writers.

“I’ve seen buses of school kids from as far away as Salado,” said Kimberly Garrett, director of Georgetown’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We draw people from a 30-mile radius.”

The structure, built by volunteers in 1993 and funded with $140,000 in donations, consists of walkways, tunnels and elevated wooden bridges that are stained dark brown. Pagodas loom over the assembly of swings, firefighter poles and bouncing rope bridges.

The heavy plank walls of the tunnel and corridor system are decorated with carvings of ancient buildings and log cabins, and colored tiles painted by children line square posts at the entrance to the playscape. Shade from an oak tree gives it a shadowy, brooding, Harry Potter-like atmosphere.

It’s spooky enough to satisfy older kids but not scary enough to frighten toddlers.

“They love playing hide-and-seek and running through all the different structures,” said A.J. Green, who drove from Jarrell to let his two grandsons, ages 10 and 5, run off some energy. “We come here almost once a week.”

Longtime Georgetown resident Tom Swift, a staff secretary in the health and counseling services office of Southwestern University, managed the citizens committee that raised money and helped build the playscape. “Our priorities in building it were safety, engagement and beauty. We also wanted it to be accessible to everyone,” he said.

Swift said he knew they had been successful when the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy told him shortly after the playscape opened that the high-backed swings allowed her son to enjoy the playground with other kids for the first time in the boy’s life.

“What had been a field of weeds literally turned into a field of dreams,” Swift said.

The kids and parents who play there agree.

“I like everything about the playscape,” said Joshua Peyton Mohle, 6, who visits it regularly.

His mother, Inger Peyton, said the playscape gives parents a chance “to just chill out and play with your kids.”

Bradley Green, 10, enjoys the open-air feeling.

“I like the tire swing,” he said. “And I like just being able to run and climb and have fun outside.”

Georgetown Texas Historic District – A secret that’s not so secret anymore


One of the fastest appreciating neighborhoods in the Georgetown Texas real estate market has been the downtown area. There is always an investor/builder doing some type of major renovation on an old home in the Georgetown historic district. Just drive through the streets downtown and you’ll see many beautiful homes that have retained their historic charm next to fixer-uppers that are just waiting to be purchased by the next visionary. The downtown area is Georgetown’s best kept secret for attracting new business and residents, but it looks like we have once-again caught national attention and the secret is out!

In the July issue of THIS OLD HOUSE magazine, Georgetown was identified as one of 12 neighborhoods nationwide that is considered the best old-house neighborhoods in the United States. For your convenience, I’ve posted the original article below:

Best Places to Buy an Old House: Editors’ Top 12 Picks


Georgetown, Texas

The Neighborhood
Georgetown once served as a staging area for cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail. These days, the town’s historic center bustles with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, but it still looks like a scene from a John Wayne Western. Georgetown is located on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, and is home to Southwestern University, recently named one of “America’s Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review. Plus, it’s only 30 miles away from hip-and-happening Austin.

The Houses
Late-19th-century Queen Annes and Greek Revivals as well as beautiful 1930s Arts and Crafts and Stick Victorian homes are scattered throughout the area.

The Prices
Price tags on fixer-upper bungalows sometimes read as little as $90,000, though grander homes here can run in the millions.

Why Buy Now?
Old homes with Western flair are dang hard to come by, and these are close to Austin, the best little hot spot in Texas, with music, food, and culture that gets better by the minute.

Among the best:
Art Lovers, City Slickers, Luxury Homes, Craftsman Houses, The Southwest

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A great reason to move: Golf in Georgetown, Texas

My lifetime experience in golf consists of 9 holes at Avery Ranch and 9 holes at Forest Creek.  I guess if you added them together I have played a full round of golf.  Suffice it to say, I’m not your next Tiger Woods.  However, if you are trying to raise the next Tiger Woods, Georgetown, Texas can be the place for you.  There are enough golf courses in the Hill Country to keep occupied for the rest of your life.

This recent article in the US NEWS AND REPORT by Luke Mullins mentions Georgetown, Texas as one of the 10 Great Retirement Spots for Golf Nuts:

For genuine golf junkies, there’s nothing like retirement. With your schedule cleared of the 9-to-5 grind, you’re finally free to pass the days as you always wished: taking extra swings at the driving range, lining up that perfect putt on the 18th hole, and enjoying the fresh-cut grass and sunshine.

But for retirees, golf offers much more than just fun. In addition to the exercise, the game provides seniors with a wonderful social outlet, says 18-year LPGA Tour veteran Penny Pulz. “You [have] to deal with people that aren’t always on your page—and that is terribly important in seniors,” says Pulz, who now runs the senior-focused Penny Pulz Golf Academy in Sun City, Ariz.

With no less than 220 public and private courses in surrounding Maricopa County—and its proximity to other golfing hot spots in the state—Sun City is one of U.S. News’s 10 great retirement spots for golfers.

We dug into the U.S. News database of more than 1,000 Best Places to Retire and came up with a list specifically tailored for duffers.

For 68-year-old Dick Horne, an avid golfer who retired from the insurance business in 2000, the best retirement spot for golfers is a no-brainer: Mount Pleasant, S.C. “I’ve traveled an awful lot in my life to different regions [of the United States] and abroad,” Horne says. “But I don’t know of any other place I’d rather live than where I live right now.”

While the warm weather and friendly atmosphere are certainly draws, it’s the golfing culture that makes it a dream retirement spot, Horne says. Located just outside historic Charleston, S.C., Mount Pleasant has 30 courses close at hand. And since it’s within day-trip distance of two South Carolina golfing havens—90 miles from Myrtle Beach and 110 miles from Hilton Head Island—boredom is one obstacle you’ll never face on the links (the bunkers are another matter). “You could play golf every day for a whole month and never play the same golf course [twice],” Horne says.

Then there’s beautiful Charlotte, N.C., home of the PGA’s Wachovia Championship. While Chris Payne, assistant golf pro at Raintree Country Club, says Charlotte’s public courses can get crowded, the city has at least 14 courses open to everyone, and one of America’s premier golf destinations is 90 miles away in Pinehurst, N.C.

Of course, retiring golfers have no lack of attractive options. Bonita Springs, Fla., is within easy reach of more than 135 courses in Lee County and is just a 20-minute zip down the sun-kissed southwest Florida coast to Naples, one of the country’s golf meccas. West Coast daydreamers should consider Rancho Mirage, Calif. This resort community of 17,000 has been a preferred vacation destination of Hollywood stars, corporate chieftains, and presidents—Gerald Ford even had a home there. Rancho Mirage hosts the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship (won this year by Lorena Ochoa) and is just 7 miles from the golfing paradise of Palm Springs.

Although best known as a football town, Auburn, Ala., is located at the foot of Grand National, one of the 11 sites that make up the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that snakes its way through the state. (The trail is named after the esteemed golf course architect who designed it.) Golfers can get a season pass that’s good at all but two courses on the trail for just $1,360 a year, regardless of what state they live in. If you prefer cooler weather—and can stand a shorter golf season—consider Lemont, Ill. The Chicago suburb is surrounded by more than 140 courses in Cook County and is itself the home of the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, which biennially hosts the PGA’s BMW Championship.

With more than 20 courses nearby and playable weather nearly all year round, Georgetown, Texas, is a fine option for golf lovers looking to retire in the Lone Star State. And in addition to being home to a Del Webb retirement community with two 18-hole courses of its own, Georgetown is just a half-hour drive to the state capital and duffer’s paradise of Austin. Meanwhile, lovely St. George, Utah, home of the Red Rock Golf Trail—eight courses clustered within a 15-minute drive’s radius—is another underrated retirement spot for golfers. Finally, if it’s the Pacific Northwest you’re after, try Portland, Ore., where the wet climate keeps the greens lush and the fairways cool.

Looking for a home on a golf course?  Check out this link:  Golf Courses in Georgetown, Texas

US Census Bureau confirms it: People love this place!

Austin Metro area among the top 10 for numerical and percentage growth nationwide

I love reading news like this.  The US Census Bureau produced findings that ranked the Austin-Round Rock Metro area as #8 in the nation for most population growth.  Naturally that growth spills over into my beloved city of Georgetown, Texas!

numerical growth

What makes this more significant is that as a percentage of current population, this area is actually #5 in the nation with an average growth of 4.3%!  The growth is pretty evident to all who live here as new roads, new developments and new shops and stores pop up constantly.  It’s definitely optimistic for the housing industry as this influx of people transplant and look for a new place to lay their head.

percent growth

If you’re one of these “new Texans,” I’d be happy to put my lifetime of relocation experience to work for you!  Whether your search is broad, and you’re just looking for homes in Austin, or specific, and you want to investigate individual custom home communities in Georgetown, Texas, check out my website for great information on real estate in Georgetown, Texas!

No Job? No Prob! Start your business in Georgetown, Texas!

Starting a Business in Georgetown Texas
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It’s hard to start a business. Yes, I can say I’m speaking from experience. When I was in the Army and stationed at Ft. Hood, I chose to commute from Georgetown to take a break from the military environment of Ft. Hood. It was a worthwhile 45 minute commute! After I got out of the Army in 2004, I jumped into real estate with both feet and didn’t make my first sale for several months! I also found out we were having a baby. I also found out that my house payment went up $400 because it was incorrectly assessed in the first year. I also found out that Autumn likes to shop for designer purses…if you really know Autumn, that’s a joke ok?

Well, it’s nice to know that if you are unemployed and wanting to start a business, you’re doing it in a city that has the right economic conditions for it. Well guess what? The City of Georgetown, Texas has the right conditions baby! Fortune Small Business ranked Georgetown Texas #2 in the NATION for the best place to live and launch a small business! Here’s the link if you want to read through the entire top 100. The original article is below:


Population: 37,963
Pros: Business friendly tax structure, entrepreneurial camaraderie, scenic suburb of Austin
Con: Higher housing costs

Austin’s entrepreneurial community may be among the strongest in the country, but its heavy traffic and urbanization have driven some experienced business folks to look elsewhere. Enter Georgetown. This suburb of Austin has transformed from a sleepy bedroom community into a city with its own identity and a rapidly growing business climate.

Located 26 miles north of the state’s capital, Georgetown has welcomed 270 new businesses over the past two years. The state’s lack of individual and corporate income taxes is just one reason Texas is considered business-friendly. On a local level, Georgetown charges relatively low water and electricity rates, and its property taxes are among the lowest in the region. As part of the Greater Austin area, Georgetown entrepreneurs in the city’s growth industries – healthcare, life sciences, and technology – can seek out additional support from the region’s business-development efforts. A convention center slated to open next year should help further build Georgetown’s up-and-coming business scene.

Georgetown is considered one of the prettiest cities in Williamson County, especially during the spring and summer months when poppies and wild flowers are in full bloom. Housing costs tend to be higher than in many of Austin’s other suburbs, but residents who settle into one of the city’s restored Victorian homes or new Tuscan villas can enjoy a walk along the bank of the San Gabriel River or play a round of golf on one of the five local courses. Mountain biking trails around Lake Georgetown lead riders to the edge of Texas Hill Country. As the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin still offers the best selection of performing arts in the region. However, Georgetown’s annual food and arts festivals, independently-owned restaurants, rodeo, and nearby wineries are enough to keep residents close to home most of the time. -Brandi Stewart
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