2 Finance The U.S and Texas flags at the Texas State Capitol Religion Texas is the second-largest U.S state after Alaska with an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2) Though 10% larger than France and almost twice as large as Germany or Japan it ranks only 27th worldwide amongst country subdivisions by size If it were an independent country Texas would be the 40th largest behind Chile and Zambia. Geography US Company hexavalent chromium - cancer In June 2013 a comprehensive plan was unveiled that would have seen the aging structure undergo an almost $200 million renovation into a multi-purpose event/convention facility the measure would have to have been approved first through a bond election in Harris County for the publicly funded project to go forward or else officials warned the iconic structure would be demolished. Voters ended up rejecting the measure on November 5 2013, In 1950 the availability of air conditioning provided impetus for many companies to relocate to Houston where wages were lower than those in the North; this resulted in an economic boom and produced a key shift in the city's economy toward the energy sector. . . .
Houston Texas Business Directory, Alamo 8.1 Colleges and universities Houston is located 165 miles (266 km) east of Austin 112 miles (180 km) west of the Louisiana border and 250 miles (400 km) south of Dallas. Texans in 1909 marked an icon of progress with the construction of the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi the 190-foot steel-frame skyscraper was the 14-story Praetorian Building housing the Praetorian Insurance Company Dallas became the regional headquarters of the Federal Reserve in 1914 strengthening its dominance of Texas banking the city had reached 260,000 population by 1929 when the effects of the Stock Market Crash hit Texas causing a sharp drop in the prices of oil cotton and cattle; growth came to a standstill. Geography Fifty-floor rectangular skyscraper with rows of identical windows and minimal ornamentation, In the 2014 Texas elections the Tea Party movement made large gains with numerous Tea Party favorites being elected into office including Dan Patrick as lieutenant governor Ken Paxton as attorney general in addition to numerous other candidates including conservative Republican Greg Abbott as governor.