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Reshoring to

Data on Texas's Advantages
Ideas for an even stronger Texas

Texas by the Numbers

Companies are reshoring operations to the United States and to Texas at high rates. This web content is built for:

  • companies considering Texas for location and expansion,

  • local economic development leaders looking to utilize data and arguments to attract reshoring companies, and

  • state and local policy leaders looking for ideas to ensure Texas can become more competitive in developing and attracting crucial industry.


State for Exports  for 23 Years


State for Solar and Wind


of Semiconductor Market in Texas


of US Manufacturing in Texas


Our Approach

We received a grant from the US Economic Development Administration to assess Texas' economic competitiveness and vulnerability to supply chain disruptions. We collaborated with TIP Strategies, Inc., and a statewide steering committee (LINK) to conduct stakeholder engagement and data analysis. The resulting Texas Competitiveness and Resiliency Strategy offers:

  • practical data to make the case for your region of Texas,

  • recommendations to enhance the state's competitiveness and support growth in innovative industries, focusing on Texas’ talent development, infrastructure, toolkit establishment, and sector-specific actions.

Foundational Strengths

Texas's Strengths

Why relocate operations to Texas? Texas has the 9th largest economy in the world, 30 million Texans, a rapid population growth rate and extensive connectivity with Mexico.

Strengthen the talent pipeline for Texas employers

Fortifying the talent pipeline for Texas employers is the focus of the first goal. Stakeholders emphasized the critical need for finding and retaining skilled workers, which has become an even more pressing concern in recent times. To meet the current and future demand for a skilled workforce, it is imperative to deepen and expand talent development programs through coordinated efforts and additional resources at the state and local levels. The 88th Legislature created the $3 billion Texas University Fund and realigned community college funding around outcomes and workforce alignment. The recommended strategies and actions encompass various areas, such as aligning workforce plans with Texas competitiveness priorities, improving educational outcomes, expanding dual credit and technical education programs, and supporting entrepreneurship education.

Innovative Sectors

Sector-Specific Strategies


Semiconductors and microelectronics play a critical role in advanced technologies, and the US currently leads in chip design and patents. The bipartisan passage of the federal Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act of 2022 (CHIPS & Science Act) demonstrates the industry's importance. The act directs significant investments toward enhancing US competitiveness, innovation, and national security.

To capitalize on this investmen
t, the 88th Legislature allocated state funding:

  • $698 million for Texas Semiconductor Innovation Consortium to develop and attract a national semiconductor research consortium and create a state plan for further enhancement of the industry;

  • $440 million for the Texas Institute for Electronics at the University of Texas; and

  • $200 million for the Quantum & Artificial Intelligence Chips Fabrication and $25 million for the Center for Microdevices and Systems at the Texas A&M University at College Station


Going forward, Texas should explore the following:

  • How to ensure Texas wins a significant share of federal research investments in advanced packaging and the National Semiconductor Technology consortium in 2024.

  • Create technology mapping in semiconductor design and fabrication, in addition to the TSIC state strategy.

  • Update current analyses of Texas' research excellence across this tech map and how to augment research and development capabilities.

  • Explore partnerships with Mexico and Central America on less advanced components of workforce development, testing and packaging processes.

  • Explore how to grow credentialed engineering talent, American master degree and PhD net completion in aligned fields of study to deepen the Texas talent pool.

  • Form a recruiting effort to promote semiconductor and advanced manufacturing as an industry and a training ladder for semiconductor technician workforce training programs in key areas of the state.

- Implementation


The Texas Competitiveness and Resilience Strategy offers an ambitious and comprehensive framework for strengthening Texas’ position as a global economic power and fostering the technologies of the future. Successfully implementing these recommendations will require a broad-based effort involving many stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Coordination and alignment will be key. The 88th Legislature and the Office of the Texas Governor (Governor’s Office) have already committed significant long term investments in several critical areas. Ensuring these investments are coordinated toward a common vision is imperative.

Therefore, this strategy proposes that a Texas Council on Competitiveness be established to provide recommendations to the Governor’s Office and the Texas Legislature on the strategic alignment of existing and future state economic development investments. The leadership of this new entity should include and be largely comprised of representatives of the private sector and state and local economic development organizations. The TABCCF can play a key role in helping to organize the council and connecting it with the state’s elected leadership.

Texas Industry Data

Industry Data
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