Increasing foreign direct investment and exports keeps the Nashville region on the leading edge of international business. Pro-business policy, cost advantages and location make Nashville a frontrunner in global trade. Since 2001, 155 internationally owned companies have relocated or expanded in the Middle Tennessee region, creating more than 36,000 new jobs. With international businesses and headquarters spanning all business sectors, including health care, advanced manufacturing, supply chain, music and entertainment, it is easy to see the diversity present in every aspect of Music City. No city of similar size offers so great a setting and potential for international trade and investment.