Few business and real estate development leaders in the Lone Star state are more visible than Marcus Hiles. As someone at the forefront of the business community, Hiles pays close attention to Texas’ track record regarding inviting new companies into the state. “Companies are relocating to Texas in order to take advantage of our business-friendly policies and stable workforce,” he notes. Even foreign investors are flocking to the state and employ more than a half million workers and foreign exports are strong. The state has the strongest trading relationship with Mexico and maintains steady relationships with Canada, China, Korea, and Brazil. Hiles is encouraged by the fact that Texas’ pro-growth stance is primed for increased growth in the future, especially when compared with states like California which lost over 1,500 businesses over the past eight years. In 2015, exports were valued at $251 billion, with a 93 percent growth over the previous decade in exports with free trade agreement partners. The state exported $45.4 billion worth of computers and electronics, $44.1 billion in oil and coal products, and $39.9 billion in chemicals.

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