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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, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Werner Enterprises, Inc. (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, Partner, 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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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, Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (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

Dan 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, Advisory & Transaction Services, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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