Workers represent the largest single cost of doing business, but, more importantly, they are the source of most innovation and process improvements that distinguish successful firms from those that are not successful.
Some states lost more ground than others, but that doesn’t mean they’re not competing.
In competing for the attention of businesses, states are starting to look harder at what incentives cost and how effective they are with an eye toward identifying the programs that produce the strongest returns.
States that ranked the lowest were measured on 3 key criteria, and while they are the most important to Chief Executive’s readers, there are other ways in which these states provide value to their businesses.
Click here for the complete rankings. Texas once again tops Chief Executive’s list of Best States for Business, and comments by CEOs make it clear why...
Wisconsin’s rise into the top 10 of Chief Executive's “2017 Best States for Business” has been both steady and deliberate.
While state rankings by industry tended to mirror overall rankings, in certain industries, real growth seems to belie the statistics.
Increasingly, “human capital”—the availability, cost, flexibility, even comfort of employees and potential employees—is eclipsing taxes, regulations and incentives.
While states remain critical to location decisions, the lure of a bustling metro area can inspire choices CEOs might not have made based on state data alone.
Some state legislatures are demanding more transparency into the use of funds and incentives by economic development corporations (EDCs), and new rules will require local and state EDCs to report more information on their tax breaks.