Tennessee’s Place in the Rankings
2nd Cost of Living
4th State and Local Tax Burden
10th Growth in Share of National Exports
10th Budget Gap
11th Export Intensity
11th Small Business Survival Index
14th Entrepreneurial Activity
18th Export Growth
19th Business Birth Rate
21st Export Intensity Growth
22nd College Affordability
24th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
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Tennessee’s Place in the Rankings
South Dakota has worked to develop a tax and regulatory environment designed to encourage corporate and small business development through a comprehensive approach to minimizing tax and government regulatory issues.
The state offers businesses and individuals:
-No corporate income tax,
-No personal income tax,
-No personal property tax,
-No business inventory tax, and
-No inheritance tax.
Partly because of this enterprise-friendly environment, the state is home to a strong cadre of financial services companies.
South Dakota’s business and financial services cluster has added more than 9,000 jobs showing 24% growth since 2002.
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.
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
Nebraska’s Place in the Rankings
3rd Transportation Infrastructure Performance
6th Cost of Living
7th Short-term Job Growth
8th Academic R&D Intensity
11th Productivity Growth
12th Higher-ed Degree Output
12th College Affordability
13th Long-term Job Growth
13th Export Growth
13th Educational Attainment
16th Median Family Income
16th Higher-ed Efficiency
19th Growth in Share of National Exports
21st Budget Gap
22nd Export Intensity Growth
22nd Job Placement Efficiency
23rd Gross State Product Growth
23rd Per Capita Income Growth
23rd High Speed Broadband Intensity
Massachusetts’ Place in the Rankings
1st Median Family Income
1st Educational Attainment
2nd Job Placement Efficiency
3rd STEM Job Concentration
4th Higher-ed Degree Output
5th High Speed Broadband Availability
6th High-tech Share of All Businesses
8th Economic Output Per Job
9th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
9th High Speed Broadband Intensity
11th Short-term Job Growth
11th Budget Gap
21st Export Intensity
22nd Academic R&D Intensity
25th Higher-ed Efficiency
The National Chamber Foundation (NCF) hosted the first of a series of quarterly economic briefings led by Martin Regalia, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.