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Top States for Business

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Power Companies’ Support Helps Top States to Score High

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q3 2016)

The majority of the Top States for Doing Business have one severely underrated asset in common: the strong support of well-organized and well-funded power companies. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Top-Performing States Place Significant Emphasis on Economic Development

Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q3 2016)

The top-performing states continually compete against one another to attract business and challenge each other to maintain or improve capabilities. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: “Sunshine States” Continue to Lead the Pack

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q3 2016)

In nine of the top-10 scoring states, weather conditions allow construction 365 days a year, and local governments in the South have also been aggressive in incorporating incentives into every deal. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Back in Top Spot Again

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2016)

There are many factors that go into being a “top state for business” — from labor and real estate costs to the tax and regulatory environment to workforce development programs and more; the states that made the 2016 Top States for Doing Business list scored high in each category. More

2016 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States That Have Garnered High-Impact Economic Development Projects

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor (Q2 2016)

The states receiving this year’s Shovel Awards are being recognized for their large numbers of high-impact economic development projects, including $1 billion+ deals with thousands of new jobs. Six states — California, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2015. More

Top States for Doing Business 2015: Site Selection Consultants Survey Results

Area Development Special Presentation (Q3 2015)

Area Development is publishing our sixth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by respondents in three overall categories (Business Environment, Labor Climate, Infrastructure and Global Access) and 18 subcategories. More

Georgia Once Again Leads the 2015 Top States for Doing Business

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2015)

An attractive business environment, quality labor pool, and well developed infrastructure are among the shared advantages of those states ranked by the location consultants as the top choices for business. More

Top States for Doing Business 2014: Georgia Unseats Texas, Industrial Midwest Rises

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2014)

The list continues to be dominated by states in the South and mid-South as states from the industrial Midwest scratch their way back into position as major players in U.S. economic-development. More

Top States for Doing Business 2014: Site Selection Consultants Survey Results

Area Development Special Presentation (Q3 2014)

Area Development is publishing our fifth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by respondents in three overall categories (Business Environment, Labor Climate, Infrastructure and Global Access) and 18 subcategories. More

South Dominates Consultants’ Picks for Top States

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Q3 2014)

The Southern States have reassessed and implemented new economic development strategies designed to attract sustainable industries. More

States Recognize Need for Workforce Development Programs

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q3 2014)

Companies looking to expand their manufacturing operations are likely to consider states with well-trained workforces. More

Coordinated Efforts in the Southern States Make Them Top States for Doing Business

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q3 2014)

All regions work together and even the governors’ offices get involved in driving business to the states that are leading the pack. More

Top States Combine Pro-Business Environments With Low Costs and Natural Location Advantages

Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2014)

Although the South dominates the list of Top States, their manufacturing legacy helped land the Great Lakes States among the consultants’ top choices. More

Louisiana: Climbing the Economic and Business Climate Charts

Craig Guillot (Q4 / Fall 2013)

State sources report that Louisiana’s economy held strong during the recession, and that during the past five years, its GDP growth was about 50 percent faster than the national average. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013: Site Consultant Survey Results

Area Development Special Presentation (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Our Top States for Doing Business Survey polls the site consultants who help companies make their new facility and expansion decisions, and ranks the states based on their number of mentions in 17 categories. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013: Texas on Top....Again

Area Development Special Presentation (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Analysis on the attributes of the top-10 ranked states in Area Development's Top States for Doing Business 2013 and insight as to why they performed so well. Simply put, it’s hard to beat Texas — which maintains is number-one ranking among the surveyed consultants. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013 Consultant Commentary: Are the Top-10 States for Doing Business Just Better at Marketing Themselves?

Andrew H. Shapiro, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Consultants are no more immune to persuasive marketing than other site selectors, and the survey results may just point to the effectiveness of marketing campaigns in the top-10 states. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013 Consultant Commentary: Project Requirements Limit Site Searches

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q3 / Summer 2013)

From availability of skilled labor to overall cost of doing business to global access, each project begins with a set of specific requirements that steer the decision toward a limited search area. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013 Consultant Commentary: State Leadership Does Matter

Robert Hess, Executive Managing Director, Consulting, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (Q3 / Summer 2013)

The states ranking in the top-10 for doing business understand the need to have “business-friendly” policies in place as well as low overall structural costs. More

Top States for Doing Business 2013 Consultant Commentary: Business-Friendly Initiatives Attract Companies

Ann Petersen, Senior Associate, Business and Economic Incentives, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q3 / Summer 2013)

A growing emphasis on work force development programs to strengthen the labor pool will only further solidify the Southern States’ standings as great places to do business. More

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