Top States for Doing Business 2015: Site Selection Consultants Survey Results
States that consistently rank at the top for business performance know what it takes to be successful — an attractive business environment (taxes, incentives, permitting), labor pool (cost, availability, education, skill level, training), and infrastructure/global access (transportation infrastructure, energy costs, intermodal capabilities, certified sites). When combined with a creative and proactive state economic development team, these advantages can seem irresistible to companies that are looking to locate or expand their operations. Companies want a quick, seamless startup. With an ever-widening global market, they need a well-integrated, modern transportation infrastructure to be competitive in these markets. Also, top-performing states know how to deal with tough times — something many CEOs still have in the back of their minds.
With that in mind, Area Development is publishing our sixth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by the consultants in three overall categories and 18 subcategories, Business Environment, Labor Climate and Infrastructure and Global Access:
Les J. Cranmer, Senior Managing Director; and Art M. Wegfahrt, Corporate Managing Director; Savills-Studley, Inc. T. Bradley Fulkerson III, CCIM, Managing Director, Transwestern Lawrence Moretti, Lfm Corporate Location Solutions Phil Schneider, President, Schneider Consulting LLC