TI attracts international visitors to Texas
TI works with governments around the world to build relationships, facilitate growth, and identify challenges and opportunities where TI technology can be useful. These international relationships bring attention and visitors to Texas, which remains one of the top tech employment centers in the U.S.
European representatives to the US
Seventeen diplomats representing 15 European countries and two representatives of the European Union (EU) Mission to the United States visited TI recently as part of a week-long Texas tour organized by the European American Business Council. The group, comprising trade, science and technology and commercial officers at their respective embassies in Washington D.C., included representatives of Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
Following presentations from TI executives about the company's history, key businesses and global, transatlantic and EU public policy priorities, the group saw demonstrations of some of TI's top technology in energy, wireless, wireless infrastructure, automotive and Digital Light Processing.
Paula Collins, TI vice president of government relations said, "the demos were a real eye opener for our guests who had not previously been appreciative the breadth and depth of TI's products. They were energized and very excited by what they saw."
TI also hosted a recent visit by a delegation from Rwanda, including the Minister of Science and Technology, the Minister of Education, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and representatives from several institutions of higher education.
The Rwandan government is pursuing initiatives that utilize science, technology, research and education to advance the economy and quality of life in that country. The delegation met with representatives from TI along with researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Clean Fuels, Inc. and the Texas Health Research and Education Institute to discuss the application of wireless and implantable medical technology to better monitor debilitating health conditions. They also discussed the utilization of biomass and solar resources for energy generation.
Top Tech Employment
Global business opportunities for the tech industry can fuel employment growth in the state of Texas. The "Cyberstates 2009" report, released by TechAmerica, concludes that the industry has "weathered the storm better than most" and that "the tech industry is well positioned to help lead America's economic recovery." The report, which includes state-by-state data, shows 39 "cyberstates" experienced net tech job growth.
Texas remains the second-largest "cyberstate" by tech employment, behind California and ahead of New York. Additionally, the high-tech industry in Texas paid out $39.8 billion in payroll in 2007. The Texas average tech industry wage in 2007 was $83,900 – 84 percent higher than the state's average private sector wage.
TechAmerica is the industry association formed by the recent merger of the American Electronics Association (AeA) and Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).