Tennessee has earned a reputation as one of America’s friendliest states. Our communities welcome new residents, workers and visitors from all around the world, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, the state’s population is soaring, business is booming and tourism is breaking records.

Here are a few key facts about Tennessee’s success:

Tennessee has repeatedly been named one of the best states for business and been recognized for having one of the top state business climates in the U.S.

The state’s tourism industry has skyrocketed in recent years, generating nearly $18 billion in revenue in 2014, up six percent from 2013.

Tennessee leads the nation in private-sector job growth, with more than 2.5 million private-sector jobs across the state.

Tennessee is ranked first in the nation for foreign direct job investment, underscoring our ability to attract a wide array of companies from across the globe.

More than 300 international companies representing 27 countries have chosen to locate operations in Tennessee, creating a total of 49,000 jobs for Tennesseans.

Kiplinger magazine ranked Tennessee the fourth best state for retirement, citing the state’s low cost of living and below-average health care costs.

Our business and community leaders know that a united Tennessee is a thriving Tennessee. It’s why so many of our companies and workplaces already embrace policies that protect customers and employees from discrimination.

To uphold our brand as one of the friendliest places to live, work and play, Tennesseans must support policies of inclusivity and nondiscrimination. Now more than ever, we need to stand together in demanding fair and equal treatment for all.