Economic Growth

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to promoting initiatives that grow our nation's economy. 

Read the Foundation's report, The Growth Imperative, for more information about the importance of faster economic growth.


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

New Mexico 2011

New Mexico Partnership (NMPNMPNMP)

Created in 2003, the New Mexico Partnership is a public-private economic development organization that works to attract new businesses to the state. Funded by the public and private sectors, NMP acts as a “one stop resource” for businesses examining establishing a presence in New Mexico.
In order to attract companies from sectors including aerospace, agriculture processing, renewable energy, and manufacturing, the NMP offers interested companies access to a variety of services aimed at easing barriers to establishing a presence in the state.

Vermont 2011

Vermont’s Place in the Rankings
3rd Short-term Job Growth
6th High Speed Broadband Availability
7th Higher-ed Degree Output
7th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
9th Export Intensity
9th Educational Attainment
10th High Speed Broadband Intensity
11th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
13th Per Capita Income Growth
13th Academic R&D Intensity
14th Entrepreneurial Activity
18th High-tech Share of All Businesses
20th Median Family Income
20th STEM Job Concentration
22nd Productivity Growth
22nd Long-term Job Growth

Puerto Rico 2011

Economic Incentives for the Development of Puerto Rico
Tax incentives and credits available through the Economic Incentives for the Development of Puerto Rico Act enable local and foreign companies to operate successfully in Puerto Rico enjoying the benefits of operating within a US jurisdiction, while taking advantage of a foreign tax structure.
Since 2009 Puerto Rico has completed over 70 promotions under the act with a commitment of 3,500 jobs and $110 million in investment.
These investments have resulted in expansions and the creation of new companies and research and development centers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and services such as software development and support.

Colorado 2011

Colorado’s Place in the Rankings
1st Small Business Lending
2nd High-tech Share of All Businesses
2nd Academic R&D Intensity
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
5th STEM Job Concentration
7th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
8th Median Family Income
10th Small Business Survival Index
10th Educational Attainment
12th State and Local Tax Burden
14th Business Birth Rate
15th Business Tax Climate
15th Higher-ed Degree Output
15th Productivity Growth
16th High Speed Broadband Availability
17th Gross State Product Growth
18th Economic Output Per Job
19th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
22nd Higher-ed Efficiency
24th Long-term Job Growth
25th College Affordability

Rhode Island 2011

Every Company Counts
Rhode Island has combined the efforts of more than 150 business assistance organizations under the common banner of “Every Company Counts.”
By creating a common “brand” for small business assistance and coordinating the efforts of all of the state’s assistance agencies, the program focuses on simplifying the assistance process for the small companies that most often fall through the cracks or get lost shuffling information pamphlets.
The program makes referrals to all other service providers and financing agencies, operates a robust website, and pledges to return all incoming phone calls within 24 hours.

Wyoming 2011

Wyoming’s Place in the Rankings
1st Long-term Job Growth
1st Gross State Product Growth
1st Productivity Growth
1st Per Capita Income Growth
1st College Affordability
2nd STEM Job Growth
3rd State and Local Tax Burden
4th Economic Output Per Job
4th Business Tax Climate
5th Budget Gap
7th Business Birth Rate
9th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
11th Small Business Lending
19th Median Family Income
23rd Export Growth
25th Academic R&D Intensity
25th High Speed Broadband Availability

Connecticut 2011

Connecticut’s Place in the Rankings
2nd High Speed Broadband Availability
3rd Productivity Growth
5th Educational Attainment
5th Entrepreneurial Activity
10th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
12th Median Family Income
14th STEM Job Concentration
16th Export Intensity Growth
16th High-tech Share of All Businesses
17th College Affordability
17th Growth in Share of National Exports
19th Export Intensity
20th Academic R&D Intensity
21st Job Placement Efficiency
23rd Higher-ed Degree Output
24th High Speed Broadband Intensity
25th Export Growth

Hawaii 2011

Hawaii’s Place in the Rankings
3rd High Speed Broadband Availability
4th High Speed Broadband Intensity
5th STEM Job Growth
10th Long-term Job Growth
14th Small Business Lending
15th Gross State Product Growth
15th Budget Gap
16th Per Capita Income Growth
16th College Affordability
16th Educational Attainment
20th Short-term Job Growth
20th Economic Output Per Job
20th High-tech Share of All Businesses
22nd Business Tax Climate
24th Productivity Growth