Best & Worst States for Business

Best & Worst States For Business 2022: Being Smart About Spending Manna From D.C.

Some states are taking the long view by using the billions to train workforces, buttress water and sewer systems, and extend broadband.

Best & Worst States For Business 2022: Wisconsin Leans In After Near Misses

Intel passed on the Badger State for Ohio, and Foxconn is a mess, but Wisconsin remains on an upward arc.

Best & Worst States For Business 2022: Ohio’s Head Start On Transformation

Intel’s huge investment will cap a push behind new technologies that already has benefited the Buckeye State.

Up For Grabs: The Best & Worst States For Business 2021

While the top (Texas, Florida) and the bottom (just guess) of our annual rankings remain unchanged, what has changed are the stakes, with a growing number of CEOs we polled open to a post-Covid change of locale. Governors, take note.

Best & Worst States for Business 2021: What Mess In Texas?

The February storm and power system collapse haven't hurt the Lone Star State's #1 ranking spot. Says Gov. Greg Abbott, “People know one-off events occur, and what matters most is what our response is."

Best & Worst States for Business 2021: The New Digital Factory Towns

Chicago, Grand Rapids and Columbus are emerging as ideal locations for manufacturers looking to up their digital game.

Regional Report: The Midwest Weathers Tumultuous Times With Determination

While several Midwest cities have been hit hard by the pandemic and civil unrest in recent months, there’s growing optimism about the future. Many...

Best & Worst States: Virginia Goes Blue

The piece below is part of Chief Executive‘s annual Best & Worst States for Business ranking. Read the full report.  Amazon started construction preparations for its $1.2...

Best & Worst States: Business Drain in Illinois

The state has lost 850,000 people over the past decade, and risks becoming known as "the California of the Midwest."

Best & Worst States: Tale of Two Surging Cities

Cincinnati and Phoenix forge economic-development success with digital-technology prowess as well as historic advantages.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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August Poll Finds Surging CEO Optimism About A Potential Recovery In 2023—Or Sooner

After four months of continuous decline, our CEO Confidence Index jumped this month, as CEOs report early indications that by this time next year, the country will be in a recovery. “Business is picking up, and our clients are looking beyond 2023.”