Marcus Hiles is one of the most prominent business and real estate development leaders in Texas. Through carefully observation of the state’s record of inviting in new businesses, he is excited to explain that “Companies are relocating to Texas in order to take advantage of our business-friendly policies and stable workforce.” The growth is sending productivity and exports, which were valued at $251 billion in 2015, higher and higher. Also on the increase are foreign investors, now employing more than a half million workers ithroughout the state. Texas saw a 93 percent growth in exports with free trade agreement partners over the past ten years and exported $45.4 billion worth of computers and electronics alone during this time period, along with $44.1 billion in oil and coal products and $39.9 billion in chemicals. Texas’ biggest trading partner is Mexico, followed by Canada, China, Korea, and Brazil. Hiles notes that the pro-growth stance is causing increased job opportunities, contrasted with states like California, which lost over 1,500 businesses over the past eight years.