Best & Worst States

The Top 5 States for Workforce Quality Continue to Invest in their Human Capital

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.

The Biggest Losers can Still Attract Business

Some states lost more ground than others, but that doesn’t mean they’re not competing.

How Critical are State Incentives?

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.

The 5 Bottom States Still have Much to Offer Businesses

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.

The Key Strengths of the 5 Best States

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...

Business-Friendliness, Location Fuel Wisconsin’s Rise

Wisconsin’s rise into the top 10 of Chief Executive's “2017 Best States for Business” has been both steady and deliberate.

Top 10 Best & Worst States by Industry

While state rankings by industry tended to mirror overall rankings, in certain industries, real growth seems to belie the statistics.

People Balance Out What Matters When it Comes to Location Selection

Increasingly, “human capital”—the availability, cost, flexibility, even comfort of employees and potential employees—is eclipsing taxes, regulations and incentives.

Metropolitan Meccas are Drawing Attention from Businesses

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.

Economic Development Corporations are Under the Microscope

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.
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CEO Confidence Dims Amid Geopolitical Worry and Congress Standoff

After months of patient waiting and little change, CEO confidence is showing signs of faltering amid a...
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BEST & WORST STATES FOR BUSINESS

Best and Worst States For Business

Are you looking to relocate or expand? Evaluate each state's strengths with Chief Executive's 2017 Best & Worst States for Business.

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To Win at Workspaces, Blur the Edges of the Office

Gale Moutrey is head of communications for Steelcase, the world’s authority on office environments. At our upcomming CEO Talent...

What P&G Learned About Marketing From Elon Musk

While Tesla was moving ahead of the competition without spending a dime, P&G's marketing machine was watching closely.

How to Follow a Great Leader: Honeywell’s Darius Adamczyk Moves Forward

Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell International’s CEO since April, has a tough act to follow, but his priorities are optimistic and leave him lots of room for stamping his own legacy.

Meet the ‘New-Collar’ Workers in Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing no longer thinks in terms of white or blue collar—the workers it needs now are “new-collar”.