#1 Texas


7.83 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

7.69 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

7.55 out of 10 in Living Environment

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State Profile

The country’s No. 1 exporter, Texas exported $232 billion in goods in 2016, according to the Texas Economic Development Corp. Texas has the second-largest state airport system, including the world’s first purely industrial airport at the Fort Worth Alliance Global Logistics Hub; 11 deep-water ports including the Port of Houston, one of the nation’s top 10; and 10,425 miles of freight rail, more than any state.

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Aviation, Biotech, Chemicals Products, Energy

Key Companies

AMR Corp.
AT&T
ConocoPhillips
Dell
ExxonMobil
Fluor
Halliburton
Southwest Airlines

Key Contacts

Economic Development & Tourism

Robert Allen, President & CEO
(512) 981-6736
221 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
Robert@txedc.org
https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com

CEO Comments

“Texas continues to offer the most conducive environment to business growth with moderate tax rates and an accommodating regulatory environment.”

“I like Texas’ small business startup incentives which have been significantly streamlined for people. I believe many businesses will find multiple opportunities for growth and stability in particular, as it concerns technological, aerospace, engineering, scientific, and military defense.”

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