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From Site Selection magazine, January 2014

The Lay of the Land


Site Selection is proud to publish our fifth annual State of the States report in this, our 60th anniversary issue. The following pages highlight new laws and incentives policies enacted by state legislatures; key statements by governors; recent corporate facility projects; wage, employment, demographic and cost-of-doing-business facts; and key agency contacts in one easy-to-digest compendium. Among this year’s data for each state is a new section called “Rankings That Matter.” In one glance, you’ll see where a state ranked in six recent and substantive evaluations:

  • 2012 GDP (BEA, June 2013)
  • The Tax Foundation’s 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, released in Oct. 2013 and based on conditions as of July 2013;
  • The Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2013, whose 18th edition was released Dec. 12, 2013;
  • Total ACT National Career Readiness Certificates earned, as of Oct. 2013, according to the ACT’s Community & Economic Development office of its Workforce Development division, which also oversees ACT’s Certified Work Ready Communities program;
  • On-schedule four-year high school graduation rates, according to the “Quality Counts” report published by Education Week, Jan. 2013;
  • The 27 factors analyzed for the “America’s Health” state rankings published in Dec. 2013 by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.

Among the policy steps noted by the SBE Council when it released its Small Business Policy Index in December were a number that are also beneficial to larger firms, including completed or forthcoming tax reform measures in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia. — Adam Bruns

A note on the layout: Our business plan for this project offered exclusive sponsorship to advertisers allied with particular states, up to a full page. States supported by a half-page or less of advertising are represented here by half-pages of data.

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