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Top States for Business

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Can Trailing States Catch the Southern Coastal States Leading the Pack?

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q3 2018)

Those states not rated highly by the responding consultants have an opportunity to create policy to get on the leader board, but the implementation timeline must be longer than any incumbent political administration in order to achieve meaningful results. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Southern States Continue Their Domination

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q3 2018)

Favorable business tax climates and competitive labor environments — as well as aggressive utility economic development programs — have helped the Southern States to come out on top. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Importance of Addressing the Skill Labor Shortage

Alexander Frei, Senior Vice President, CBRE (Q3 2018)

Elite workforce development programs are helping to offset any skills shortages due to tight labor market conditions. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fifth Year in a Row

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Competitive labor environments and leading workforce development programs, low taxes and utility costs, favorable regulatory environments, and cooperative state governments are among the top-ranked states’ pro-business attributes. More

2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States’ Efforts to Attract High-Value Investment & Large Job-Creating Projects

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

More than 200 projects across multiple states brought with them the promise -- in total -- of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Availability of Existing Talent Should Also Be Taken into Account

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q3 2017)

Shovel-ready sites, speed of permitting, and workforce development programs put the South in the lead, but taking availability of existing talent into account may have place more populous states higher in the rankings. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Leading States Show a Bi-Partisan Focus on Economic Development

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and City Leader, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory , Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q3 2017)

The Top States rankings reflect the practicality of working real projects in these states because their economic development organizations work hard to win and locate projects. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Cooperative and Responsive State Government Influences the Effectiveness of a Deal

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE, Inc. and Gabe Kennedy, Research Intern, CBRE (Q3 2017)

Shovel-ready sites, in concert with a cooperative state government and fast permitting time, have created an ideal project backdrop in the southern markets. More

2017 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fourth Year in a Row

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

The top-ranked states have committed to adding value as economic development leaders and problem-solvers, characteristics that are recognized by consultants to industry. More

2017 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States Compiling Healthy Rosters of New and Expanded Facilities

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

The work of economic development is a complicated mix of salesmanship, customer service, technical and legal expertise, communications, relationship-building, and a healthy dose of good fortune. More

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 Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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