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Gov. Perry praises business environment in Point Comfort, Texas

By BY DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
May 7, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.
Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

Gov. Rick Perry greets Calhoun County Democratic Party Chair Evelyn Burleson. Perry and William Wong, chairman at Formosa Plastics, spoke at Formosa Plastics Guest House on Monday evening.

POINT COMFORT - Texas is the best place to do business - that was Gov. Rick Perry's message on Monday evening.

The last wail of a saxophone from the Calhoun High School Jazz Band faded away as Perry and William Wong, the chairman of Formosa Plastics, entered the dining room of the Formosa Plastics Guest House.

Perry praised Formosa Plastics when he addressed the audience of Calhoun County businessman and officials on Monday evening.

Formosa has been a mainstay in Calhoun County for almost three decades. It was recently announced that the company will be expanding in the area, making a $2 billion investment and adding 250 full-time jobs and employing 1,800 construction workers to complete the expansion.

Wong praised Perry for creating a good business environment in the state, making it a good place to invest in.

"Given our past successes in Texas, I assure all of you we will maintain our commitment to the state and, as future opportunities arise, we will continue to invest in Texas," Wong told the audience.

This was Wong's first trip to Point Comfort since becoming chairman six years ago.

Perry praised Wong and Formosa for investing in the area.

Wong closed his statement with a toast, and then Perry took the stage.

Perry commended the leaders of Calhoun County and State Reps. Geanie Morrison and Todd Hunter for their own efforts to create a good environment for business to thrive in.

Morrison and Hunter, both seated at a table with the governor, said they were pleased with how the governor has created a good environment for business in Texas.

Hunter noted that this was the first time he had seen any governor in Calhoun County since taking office in 1993. Hunter said he liked what Perry had to say.

"Calhoun County is booming," Hunter said. "He has really pushed the economic development in Texas, and he's done a good job."

Perry and Wong both briefly addressed the audience before a traditional Chinese meal while Formosa company employees performed on stage.

Perry lifted his glass at the end of his speech. He noted that in business and life, there are a few essential ingredients to success - a good foundation, sound values, a vision, determination, courage, and knowing where you want to go and where you have been, he said.

"Together, those elements can launch enterprises, reshape communities, change the world" he said. "I want you to all join me in raising your glass in a toast to literally changing the world through Formosa and through Texas."

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