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Top States for Doing Business


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

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (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 Magazine 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

Top States for Doing Business 2014 Consultant Commentary: 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

Top States for Doing Business 2014 Consultant Commentary: 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

Top States for Doing Business 2014 Consultant Commentary: Coordinated Efforts in the Southern States Make Them Top States for Doing Business

Bradley Migdal, Executive Managing Director, Transwestern (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 for Doing Business 2014 Consultant Commentary: 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 Magazine 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 Magazine 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

Daniel 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

Top States Commentary: Low Costs, Favorable Business Climates, and Right-to-Work Environments Propel Top States

Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, LLC (Fall 2012)

Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, comments on the results of Area Development's 2012 Top States for Doing Business survey of location consultants. More

Top States Commentary: Survey of Location Consultants Fails to Capture Progress Made by Many States

Daniel Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Fall 2012)

Dan Levine, Principal, MetroCompare LLC, comments on the results of Area Development's 2012 Top States for Doing Business survey of location consultants. More

Top States Commentary: States With Deep Pools of Skilled Workers Come Out on Top

Scott Redabaugh, Managing Director, JLL (Fall 2012)

Scott Redabaugh, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, comments on the results of Area Development's 2012 Top States for Doing Business survey of location consultants. More

Winning States Offer Low Taxes, Generous Incentives, and Fewer Regulations

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc. (Fall 2012)

Eric Stavriotis, Senior VP, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle, comments on the results of Area Development's 2012 Top States for Doing Business survey of location consultants. More

Consultants Rank Oklahoma Tenth Overall, Noting its Incentive and Work Force Development Programs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Oklahoma ranked tenth overall among the Top States for Doing Business. The state also ranked fifth for both its incentives programs and as a leader in work force development programs, and also tied for fifth as one of the states leading in the economic recovery. Those standings are a testament to the fact that Oklahoma has continued to strive to improve its economic development platform and remove impediments that have been standing in the way of business expansion. More

Competitive Utility Rates and Ease of Permitting Help Land Mississippi in Ninth Place

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Mississippi once again ranked ninth overall among the Top States for Doing Business. Mississippi scored high in several categories, including ranking among the top-five positions for its competitive utility rates, competitive labor costs, speed of permitting, and overall cost of doing business. More

Indiana, The Nation's Newest Right-to-Work State, Ranked Eighth Among the Top States for Doing Business

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Indiana ranked eighth overall among the Top States for Doing Business. The state tied for a number- one ranking for its rail and highway accessibility. It also scored in the top five in several other categories including tying for third among states that are leading in the economic recovery. More