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Texas makes several "Best of" list for 2008

Fortune Small Business magazine released the results from its quest for the 100 Best Places to Live and Launch in 2008, a list that includes Georgetown and Fort Worth in the Top 10 slots.

The magazine looked for towns that showcased a great business environment with alluring leisure offerings; economic conditions such as local tax rates; natural beauty; and easy access to museums, hungry game fish, and more. For Georgetown, ranked 2nd on the list, this bustling suburb of Austin has been transformed into a community with its own identity and a rapidly growing business climate.

While adding that Austin still has the better selection of performing arts in the region, the magazine notes that “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.”

“Residents 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.”

Fort Worth ranked 9th on the list. Among its many economic perks and opportunities, “tourism is also a thriving sector, thanks to the nearly 10 million visitors that pass through the city annually. Tourists, and residents, enjoy the many rodeos, art galleries and historical museums in The City of Cowboys and Culture.”

San Antonio (34) and Stafford (36) also made the list.

USA Today pitched an article that covers all the bases on a win-win situation—special hotel deals for baseball fans. The article touts the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s offerings of Texas Ranger packages at 16 hotels.

“Hotels in most Major League Baseball cities offer discounts or cost-savings packages related to their local teams during the regular baseball season, which runs March 30 through September,” the article states. Some packages offer savings only if you buy game tickets; others are there even if you don’t go to the ballpark.

According to USA TODAY ‘s mid-March survey of baseball teams, convention and visitors bureaus and hotels in 28 cities, visitors can realize a substantial savings by tapping into special baseball rates.

The article states, “For April 30, for example, the visitors bureau offered a room at the Sheraton Arlington and two lower level reserved seats for the Rangers game against the Kansas City Royals for $242.67, including taxes. That's a $60.08 savings. Plus, the bureau throws in two tickets for the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum—worth $24—and discount shopping and dining coupons.”

Major League Baseball does not maintain a list of related discounts.

Animal Fair magazine recently recognized Austin’s legendary Driskill Hotel as one of the nation’s top “pet-friendly companies” with its Fourth Annual Cesar® Five Dog Bone Awards. The award, based on an Animal Fair readership survey, is given to companies based on their excellence in pet-friendly travel and product services, as well as their recognition of the importance of people with pets.

The Driskill’s Pampered Pet Program offers a custom-designed, pet bed with the Driskill logo, food and water bowls, bottled water, gourmet pet treats and a chew toy. The “I Love My Dog Better” singles pet package includes a robe, champagne and chocolate-covered fruit for the pet’s human companion.

From the December 2004 issue.

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