NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deep East Texas had a special visitor from the state capital Wednesday.
New Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos brought his "Down To Business" tour to Nacogdoches and Lufkin.
His purpose is not necessarily to build the voter rolls, as is traditionally the goal of a SOS. Cascos is concentrating more on building the state's economy.
Carlos Cascos started his day lecturing an SFA economics class, a familiar topic for the former accountant who sounded like a professor this morning
"But let's go back to what really is the basic essence of job creation," Cascos said. "It's up to the individual governments at the local level to maintain that environment that is conducive for job creation."
The former county judge for Cameron County, located in the Valley, wants to highlight the diversity of the Texas economy on this tour. With students, he stresses the state's new job growth.
"Year to date, two months already, we've seen over 22,000 brand new jobs created in Texas," Cascos said.
As Cascos prepared to travel to Lufkin to speak to chamber leaders, that message may be a tougher sale. Cascos entered Deep East Texas during a population decline, stagnant job growth, industrial layoffs, and fluctuating sales tax returns. His suggested solution, again places responsibility on who he calls, the "little guys." They are the counties, cities, and school districts.
"Every community, slash, region, slash, area has to find their niche. They have to find their niche as to what they're good at, whether it's tourism, whether it's manufacturing, whether it's services," Cascos said. They have to find a niche."
Cascos continues added communities tend to be all things to all people. He concluded that if too much is tried, nothing is done well.
Cascos was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in early March. He lists the economy, Texas-Mexico relations, and voter education as his priorities.