Nebraska has been named one of America’s ten most business-friendly states for 2015 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., a national leader in corporate site selection based in Chicago. The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina.
Nebraska ranked second behind Utah. It moved up a spot from its last Pollina ranking. States rounding out the top ten were Indiana, Virginia, Kansas, North Dakota, North Carolina, Wyoming, Missouri and Michigan.
“If you’re a corporate executive who has never considered Nebraska as a possible location, then you should probably add Nebraska to your list of possibilities. Governor Ricketts, with the support of the legislature ‘gets it,’ and they are working hard and smart to develop an economy that will work to the benefit of all its corporate partners and Nebraskans alike,” said Brent A. Pollina, President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc., and author of the study.
“We are pleased that we continue to earn high rankings from the prestigious Pollina organization, which indicates that we’re doing what it takes to contend with other states and countries in the fast-paced business of global business attraction and expansion,” said Eric Zeece, Acting Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
The report states that Nebraska had an excellent Stage I-Labor, Taxes and Other Factors rank of 5th. The state also serves as the “best example of the year” for its well-rounded strategy of workforce, taxes, infrastructure, and economic development that allows companies to prosper, said Pollina.
Nebraska also had strong showings relative to its unemployment rate, right-to-work legislation, regulatory environment, litigation environment, transportation infrastructure, and long-term budget planning. The state scored reasonably well in high school completion, college completion and college funding per student.
Considered one of the most, if not the most comprehensive study of its type, the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States annual study analyses and identifies the most effective state governments at creating pro-business environments. The study examines 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxation, human resources, infrastructure, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts. For details about how Nebraska or other states did this year, go to http://pollina.com to access the 2015 Report Cards.
Since 2004, the study has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CBS, NBC, CNN and NPR, as well as TV and radio stations, and newspapers across the nation. Several reports consider the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study to be the “Gold Standard” by which all states should be judged.