Governor Robert Bentley announced last month that Alabama was selected as one of the top three states in the nation for doing business. Area Development, a leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced the results of its 2011 Top States for Doing Business survey. It was no big surprise that Alabama was a top site selection choice. The state also tied for first place in incentive programs and was number two for labor costs and workforce development programs.
According to the results, the top ten states for doing business are Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and California. Governor Bentley observed:
Alabama has a unique blend of excellent sites, quality infrastructure and incentives that make us attractive to companies throughout the world. These consultants have recognized what we knew all along. Alabama is the best place in the nation to open or expand a business.
Area Development asked a select group of highly-respected location consultants who work with a nationwide client base to name their top-5 state choices in 12 separate site selection categories. Alabama did well in all categories across the board. According to Alabama Development Office Director Greg Canfield, consultants are currently looking at sites across Alabama for potentially large and smaller projects. A full review of this year’s Top States for Doing Business is presented in the Fall 2011 issue of Area Development and is posted online at http://www.areadevelopment.com/top-states. It’s interesting how our state keeps coming out on top in terms of business site selection in spite of all the so-called “Tort Reformers” claiming no company wants to do business in our state. They can’t have it both ways!
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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