For the second consecutive year, North Carolina is ranked near the very top on Chief Executive Magazine’s list of best states for business! North Carolina received five stars for living environment and four stars each for workforce quality and taxation and regulations in the rankings compiled from surveys of 550 CEOs from across the country. The CEOs considered the factors most critical to an environment where business can thrive.
North Carolina Has What Business Needs
“These CEOs recognize that North Carolina has what their business needs,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “Our workers are well-educated and well-trained. There is no doubt that if we continue to make education a priority, we will continue to lead the South—and the country—out of this recession.”
A Talented Workforce, a Strong Work Ethic and Strategic Leadership Paying Dividends
Business leaders graded the states on a variety of categories that included workforce quality, taxation and regulation and living environment. In addition, what CEOs often seek are areas with consistent policies and regulations that allow them to plan, as well as intangible factors such as a state’s overall attitude toward business and the work ethic of its population.
“North Carolina workers are more productive than the average U.S. worker,” said Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco. “Combine that with leadership that makes strategic investments in infrastructure and technology and it’s no surprise that we land at the top of the list time and time again.”
Since January 2009, companies have committed to creating more than 64,000 jobs and investing more than $13.7 billion in almost 350 projects throughout North Carolina.
See the full list of state rankings at: http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business.