Competitiveness

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The Eight Factors of American Competitiveness

America has momentous deccisions to make. Extraordinary challenges and unprecedented opportunities shaped by an increasingly competitive global economy, shifting demographics, and expanding freedom are taking shape all around us. At the same time, alarming indicators and dangerous trends in our nation’s economy, governance, and politics are seriously impeding our progress and threaten America’s competitiveness position.

Mississippi 2011

Mississippi’s Place in the Rankings
3rd Export Intensity Growth
5th Export Growth
10th Cost of Living
11th Per Capita Income Growth
11th Growth in Share of National Exports
11th Higher-ed Efficiency
12th Productivity Growth
12th Business Birth Rate
15th State and Local Tax Burden
16th Small Business Survival Index
18th Export Intensity
18th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
20th STEM Job Growth
20th Entrepreneurial Activity
20th Small Business Lending
21st Short-term Job Growth
21st Business Tax Climate

Indiana 2011

Indiana’s Place in the Rankings
7th Export Intensity
7th Budget Gap
8th Growth in Share of National Exports
10th Business Tax Climate
14th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
15th Cost of Living
17th Small Business Survival Index
17th Higher-ed Degree Output
20th Export Growth
20th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
23rd Export Intensity Growth
24th Short-term Job Growth
24th Median Family Income
25th Productivity Growth

North Carolina 2011

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The Research Triangle Park was founded in January 1959 by a committee of government, university, and business leaders as a model for research, innovation, and economic development.
By establishing a place where educators, researchers, and businesses come together as collaborative partners, the founders of the Park hoped to change the economic composition of the region and state, thereby increasing the opportunities for the citizens of North Carolina.
The RTP vision was to provide a ready physical infrastructure that would attract research oriented companies.
Today, more than 42,000 full-time equivalent employees work in RTP with an estimated 10,000 contract workers. These employees have combined annual salaries of over $2.7 billion.

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