As one of the most visible business and real estate development leaders in the Lone Star state, Marcus Hiles is particularly attentive 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. As a result, both productivity and exports are soaring. 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. Its largest trading partner is Mexico, followed by Canada, China, Korea, and Brazil. Hiles states that, when contrasted with states like California, which lost over 1,500 businesses over the past eight years, Texas’ pro-growth stance primes it to usher in more companies, greater numbers of jobs, and increased exports in the years to come.