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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 H. Levine, Principal, MetroCompare (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 H. Levine, Principal, MetroCompare (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

Seventh Ranked Tennessee Polls as the Best in the Nation for its Overall Infrastructure and Global Access

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Tennessee ranked seventh overall among the Top States for Doing Business - up one spot compared to 2011 survey results. Tennessee also scored the top ranking for its overall infrastructure and global access, and also beat out its competitors in ranking first for its distribution/logistics hub access. More

Government Cooperation with Business Helps Louisiana Lead in the Economic Recovery and Rank Sixth Overall

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Louisiana has taken a very aggressive, targeted approach to improve its business climate over the past five years, and those efforts are clearly paying off. Louisiana ranked sixth overall among the Top States for Doing Business - the same spot that the state held in the 2011 survey. Louisiana also ranked in the top five in several key categories. Most notably, the state ranked first for its cooperative state government and second for both its incentives programs and as a state that is leading in the economic recovery. More

Fifth Ranked North Carolina Boasts a Recently Updated Certified Sites Program and Outstanding Labor Climate

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

North Carolina took fifth place among the Top States for Doing Business, up from seventh place in 2011 and eighth in 2010. The state ranked second (tied) for its overall labor climate because of its availability of skilled labor, competitive labor costs, and leading work force development programs. More

Alabama: Ranked First for its Competitive Labor Costs and Fourth Overall

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

For the third consecutive year, Alabama was among the top five states for doing business. Alabama was also first for competitive labor costs and near the top of the list for its work force development programs. More

Georgia's Leading Workforce Training Program Lands the State in Third Overall

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

Georgia ranked third among the Top States for Doing Business. Its consistent, high-level performance is the result of a pro-business government and diverse economy, including aerospace, agribusiness, IT, advanced manufacturing, and logistics and distribution. The life sciences industry continues to show strong gains in the state, generating about $23 billion annually toward the GDP and employing more than 100,000 workers. More

Strong Business and Labor Climate Propels South Carolina to Number Two Overall

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)

South Carolina is on a roll - the Palmetto State brought in a total investment of $3.37 billion from new and expanding businesses in 2011. Manufacturing is also on the mend, with total exports up by 21 percent last year. These are just some of the reasons South Carolina was ranked second by the consultants among the Top States for Doing Business, up from fourth place in 2011. More
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