Business Climate Fairing Well in Southern USA

Looking for the business equivalent of warm and sunny weather amid the torrential storms whirling all around you? Well then, according to Site Selection magazine, you might want to consider any one of the five top rated states, all of which happen to be located in the southern part of the country.The Site Selection rankings are as follows: North Carolina, taking first place; Tennessee a close second; then come Texas, Virginia and South Carolina. Tying for sixth place was another southern state, Georgia, with Ohio.According to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, his state has made huge efforts to earn this rating. As Governor Bredesen put it, “We have made incredible progress in making Tennessee the kind of state where business knows it will be treated fairly.”Conclusions about the pleasant business climate of these states were based on a survey conducted on a large number of corporate real estate executives; the ranking of new plants in 2009 and first half of 2010; the new plant rank per million people; and competitiveness rank.Not surprisingly North Carolina was rated number one in this year’s survey, as it has been for nine out of the last ten years. Last year Tennessee ranked fifth in the same study. Governor Bev Perdue explains her state’s great record.“I’ve just been governor since 2009, but since the economic collapse in the fall of 2008, I decided that my number one focus would be on jobs and being as or more aggressive than other states’ leaders when it comes to creating and retaining jobs in our state,” says North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. “People across the state and many businesses around the country know that I’ll take any call and go anywhere to bring a business to our state or expand a business or create a small business in North Carolina. We have been very aggressive, and that has paid off.”

Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson has been involved in the world of business on several levels for many years. She was the CEO of a start-up high-tech company until its purchase by a global on-line e-business. Alyssa helped formulate marketing strategies for several other companies as an independent consultant, and she has advised local government on methods to achieve appropriate fiscal responsibility. Her opinions are well known through her many editorials which have been published throughout her career in a variety of local and national print media. She has been heard on radio discussing current issues affecting the business community and Alyssa hopes to bring her special brand of commonsense coupled with uncanny insight into her editorial responsibilities as the Business Page editor for Left Justified. Contact Alyssa at alyssa(at)

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