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Texas Gov. Rick Perry coming to California to recruit business

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, and his wife, Anita, arrive for his state of the state address in the house chambers at the state capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry plans to visit California next week to follow up on a small buy of radio ads intended to persuade businesses to relocate to Texas.

Perry is scheduled to fly to the West Coast on Sunday and will meet with executives in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. A marketing company, using private money, bought $24,000 worth of radio time to air an ad in which the Republican governor says, "I hear building a business in California is next to impossible."

The governor's office said he will meet with business leaders in the high tech, biotechnology, financial, insurance and film industries.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, earlier this week dismissed the ad buy as insignificant in a state where millions are needed to saturate the market. His office released a statement citing data that shows business relocations have no significant impact on either state's economy.

Brown's spokesman, Gil Duran, did not immediately return an email Thursday seeking a response to Perry's planned visit.


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