JP Donlon

JP Donlon is the Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine.


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New Mexico is 30th Best State for Business 2014

New Mexico’s GDP growth is significantly lower than other states at just 0.2%, compared to Florida’s 2.4% and Texas’ 4.8%. However, both its unemployment and tax rates are lower than the national average (6.4% and 8.4%, respectively). It’s also suffering from growing pains, including traffic gluts and increased crime in the Carlsbad area. In Albuquerque, the city has received a $100,000 grant, which it plans to use to build a research district, called Innovate Albuquerque, and generate new jobs.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Arkansas is the 29th Best State for Business 2014

Improving international trade is one way to boost the economy. Recently, a Vietnamese furniture maker opened up a factory in Arkansas, investing $5 million into the local economy and adding 75 jobs, according to the Southwest Times Record.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Louisiana is the 9th Best State for Business 2014

Having jumped 31 positions from 40th in 2010, Louisiana is the Cinderella state of Chief Executive’s ranking, proving that a concerted effort to transform old habits and policies can truly pay off. The state’s labor and economic development departments are currently preparing for a job boom in the hundreds of thousands.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

New York is the 2nd Worst State for Business, Ranking 49th in 2014

New York’s high-tech startup, STARTUP-NY, designed to bring jobs to New York, poses some concerns. Critics feel that it is too narrowly focused in terms of the types of companies they are trying to attract and the places where they can be located, and have complained about everything from the cost of the advertising to the political motivations behind it.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

North Dakota is 12th Best State for Business 2014

The oil boom in North Dakota is driving increases in job availability there, so much so that Census Director John Thompson told the Associated Press that North Dakota was the fastest growing state in the nation. The unemployment rate there is a full 4.1% less than the national average.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Delaware is the 23rd Best State for Business 2014

Geographically, Delaware is well-positioned for all types of commerce. There are many ways in which this small but mighty state could move forward, and it will be exciting to follow their growth strategy in the year ahead. The first state to ratify the constitution, Delaware is a favored state for incorporation while still remaining “small and personal,” Gov. Markell said.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

GE CEO Jeff Immelt on the Future of GE-and of American Manufacturing

Not long ago, materials were cheap and labor was expensive. Today, the reverse is true, which is why it makes sense to re-shore production in many sectors. But more importantly, the product is increasingly part of the process, driving more companies to embed their know-how and innovativeness with the product itself, says GE CEO Jeff Immelt. That and the prospect of cheaper energy due to the fracking revolution will boost manufacturing in America.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO2CEO Summit , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Operations March 10 2014

Fixing What Ails CEOs

The career of former Novartis CEO Dan Vasella began in medicine, expanding first to business and, more recently, to coaching and advising CEOs. CEOs’ greatest gift, he argues, should be teaching those on their way up.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Interviews February 28 2014

CEO Value Maximizers

In the sixth annual ranking of the Chief Executive/Applied Finance Group wealth creators, more and more leaders are showing that they have both the discipline and staying power to sustain real value creation.

JP Donlon Wealth Creators October 30 2013

Meet the Mid-Market CEO Award Winners

Since 1986, Chief Executive has honored outstanding CEOs with its annual Chief Executive of the Year award, a peer-driven award that has honored many extraordinary leaders, from Jack Welch and Bill Gates to Ann Mulcahy of Xerox and David Cote of Honeywell. Over the years, judges have tended to favor leaders of large, complex companies. Chief Executive felt it was time to honor outstanding, mid-market companies that deserve recognition. These enterprises are the backbone of the economy, generate tremendous growth and often become major, global firms in their own right.

JP Donlon Leadership & Strategy , Mid-Market Company October 28 2013

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