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

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.

South Carolina 2011

Job Development Credits (JDJDCs)

JDCs have been a great resource in attracting new job creation to South Carolina. JDCs are a discretionary, performance-based incentive that rebates a portion of new employees’ withholding taxes that can be used to address the specific needs of individual companies.

Qualifying businesses are eligible to receive a tax credit for each new full-time or full-time equivalent job created. A business must increase employment by a monthly average of ten new jobs.

Alaska 2011

Alaska’s Place in the Rankings
1st Budget Gap
1st State and Local Tax Burden
2nd Business Tax Climate
2nd Short-term Job Growth
2nd Economic Output Per Job
3rd Long-term Job Growth
3rd Small Business Lending
3rd High Speed Broadband Intensity
5th Academic R&D Intensity
5th College Affordability
6th Gross State Product Growth
6th STEM Job Growth
8th Productivity Growth
10th Per Capita Income Growth
12th Job Placement Efficiency
13th STEM Job Concentration
15th Small Business Survival Index
24th Business Birth Rate

Arkansas 2011

Arkansas’ Place in the Rankings
1st Budget Gap
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
4th Cost of Living
6th Higher-ed Efficiency
6th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
6th Academic R&D Intensity
9th Short-term Job Growth
9th Productivity Growth
9th Per Capita Income Growth
10th Export Intensity Growth
17th STEM Job Growth
17th Job Placement Efficiency
18th Gross State Product Growth
19th Long-term Job Growth
22nd Small Business Lending
24th Small Business Survival Index
24th College Affordability
25th Business Birth Rate

Minnesota 2011

Minnesota’s Place in the Rankings
2nd Median Family Income
2nd Educational Attainment
3rd Job Placement Efficiency
5th Higher-ed Degree Output
10th STEM Job Concentration
10th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
13th High-tech Share of All Businesses
17th High Speed Broadband Availability
20th Growth in Share of National Exports
21st High School Advanced Placement Intensity
22nd Export Intensity
23rd Short-term Job Growth
23rd Economic Output Per Job

North Dakota 2011

Centers of Excellence Program
The Center of Excellence program partners North Dakota campuses with business and invests directly in the infrastructure, research capacity, and commercialization capabilities at the state’s colleges and universities.
Over the past biennium, $20 million in state Centers of Excellence funding has leveraged more than $70 million in additional funding for research and development in agriculture, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing and business technology.

Kansas 2011

Kansas’ Place in the Rankings
6th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
7th Cost of Living
9th College Affordability
10th Median Family Income
14th Export Intensity Growth
15th Higher-ed Efficiency
16th Productivity Growth
16th Export Intensity
18th Growth in Share of National Exports
18th Budget Gap
21st Per Capita Income Growth
21st Export Growth
22nd Higher-ed Degree Output
23rd High-tech Share of All Businesses
24th Academic R&D Intensity
20th Educational Attainment

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