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Kansas is the 26th Best State for Business 2014

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46,000 new jobs were added to the Kansas economy over the last three years. Compared to neighboring states, Kansas ranks fourth out of five for job growth. However, when looking at the 58,000 jobs Kansas lost in 2009, according to the Kansas City Star, it appears that Kansas is on its way back up.

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

Nevada is the 8th Best State for Business 2014

Recent investments by companies such as Apple, SolarCity and eBay have helped turn the state in the right business-friendly direction. Adding to the progress is a congressional push toward building out Interstate 11, to create a superhighway from Phoenix to Nevada.

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

South Carolina is the 5th Best State for Business 2014

Previous State:North Carolina Next State: Indiana No. 05 South Carolina Taxations & Regulations Workforce Quality Living Environment Key Metrics State [...]

JP Donlon Best & Worst States May 8 2014

Auto Manufacturing Redraws its Map

Every time a site consultant or state economic-development official turns around, some automaker or large supplier is expanding a plant, ordering tooling for a promising future model, domesticating production that occurred offshore or even plotting a whole new facility. It’s happening across America’s increasingly prosperous auto belt.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States , Manufacturing May 8 2014

Maine is the 36th Best State for Business 2014

The state’s GDP growth is lower than the national average at 0.5%. Its unemployment rate is also lower at 6.2%, but it’s state-local tax burden is higher at 10.3%.

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

States Leading the Crowdfunding Surge

Crowdfunding is providing funding opportunities for startups that they would not have previously had.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States May 8 2014

Maryland is the 41st Best State for Business 2014

Maryland is considered a “top 5” state for biotech. The state counts more than 33,000 bioscience jobs and more than 1,800 enterprises specializing in research and pharmaceuticals. Its drug and pharma sector has grown by 37 percent since 2001.

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

Wyoming is the 18th Best State for Business 2014

Wyoming has two major issues on the table right now that could affect the future economy: 1) a series of bridges that are in disrepair and will require funding, and the question of emission standards for coal-fired plants. As the lead coal supplier in the U.S., Gov. Mead told the Associated Press that the EPA’s new requirements would adversely affect Wyoming’s economy. Wyoming supplies about 40% of the U.S. coal supply.

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

Colorado is the 16th Best State for Business 2014

In addition to the business activity that legalized marijuana is driving, Colorado is also considered a good state for startups, ranking No. 6 in the Kaufmann Index with its legacy of technology and new-age food companies. Four of Colorado’s cities—Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, Denver and Colorado Springs—were considered top U.S. metro areas for high-tech startup density.

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

Wisconsin is the 14th Best State for Business 2014

“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Gov. Walker told Chief Executive magazine. Chief Executive’s ranking, he said, reflects the improved business climate in Wisconsin resulting from “our aggressive strategy to grow the economy, develop our workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in our infrastructure.”

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

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