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San Diego Software Firm Gets $4.5 Million to Move Headquarters to Texas

Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 1:50 PM CDT
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California Tech Co. Gets $4.5M to Move HQ to Texas

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives the keynote speech at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A San Diego software firm will get a $4.5 million check from the state of Texas and move its corporate headquarters to the Lone Star State.

U-T San Diego reports Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Thursday that Websense will relocate 445 jobs to Austin and also make a $9.9 million capital investment.

In exchange, Websense will be paid $4.5 million by the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Perry has traveled around the country to tout Texas as a business-friendly locale with low regulations and no state income tax.

In 2010, Petco, a San Diego-based retailer of pet products, got $3.1 million from the Texas fund to bring some of its operations to San Antonio.

Websense, which produces web security software, was purchased by Vista Equity Partners last year for $910 million cash.

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