That being said, we were interested in comparing the past four years’ responses in order to gauge consistency in those opinions and perceptions. The results are compelling — not only from a year-to-year standpoint, but also compared to the annual corresponding Gold and Silver Shovel Awards, which identify those states receiving the [largest job-creating and investment projects] in a given year.
Notably, in the past 4 years (2012 – 2015) of survey responses, the top three states named in the overall rankings have been the same (Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas). In fact, seven of the top 10 states named in the overall rankings have also been the same (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas). When comparing these rankings to ?the Shovel Awards results, the very same states are highlighted again and again, with Texas receiving a Gold Shovel in each of the four years, Georgia and South Carolina in three of the years, and Tennessee two out of the four years. The key conclusion is that the consultants’ opinions, whether based on deep analysis or perception, seem spot-on with where projects are actually being constructed.
TOP STATES FOR DOING BUSINESS 2015
- 3.South Carolina
- 7.North Carolina