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The objective of the Texas Industry Cluster Initiative is to stimulate long-term sustained growth and focus the allocation of state resources on key industry clusters identified to be engines of job creation and economic development in the 21st century.

"Industry cluster" means a concentration of businesses and industries in a geographic region that are interconnected by the markets they serve, the products they produce, their suppliers, the trade associations to which their employees belong, and the educational institutions from which their employees or prospective employees receive training.

The Texas target industry clusters are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace, Aviation and Defense
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Information Technology
  • Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products

The Texas Industry Cluster Initiative is building the future economy of the state of Texas by focusing on strengthening competitive advantage through the above-mentioned target industry clusters.

"This cluster initiative is important because for the first time in the history of this state, we will have a coordinated, market-driven economic development strategy that focuses on areas where we have the greatest growth potential and focuses on fostering that potential." – Governor Rick Perry, 2004

Across the diverse geography of Texas, our state specializes in its own unique array of advanced industries, where specific infrastructure and industry knowledge has developed and continues to evolve.

The industries across the Lone Star State allow companies and their workforce boundless opportunities for success.

For more information on the Texas Industry Cluster Initiative, visit the Economic Development & Tourism – The Texas Economy/Target Industry Clusters page on the Governor’s website.


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