Nebraska has been named one of America’s ten most business-friendly states for 2014 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., a national leader in corporate site selection based in Park Ridge, Illinois. The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina. This marks the sixth year in a row that Nebraska has been recognized as one of the most pro-business states in the country by the highly respected Pollina study.
Nebraska ranked third, only behind Utah (first) and Wyoming (second).
“Governor Heineman, with the support of the legislature, ‘gets it,’ and they are working hard and smart to develop an economy that will work for the benefit of all its corporate partners and Nebraskans alike,” says Brent Pollina, Vice President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. and co-author of the study.
“Nebraska’s continued high ranking in this study reflects the ongoing work of the state and its partners to recruit and retain jobs and investment. We still have work to do, but I am pleased to receive this recognition,” Governor Dave Heineman said.
“Nebraska’s continued high ranking in such a well-respected study serves to confirm our reputation as a great state to do business,” said Dacia Kruse, Acting Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development. “The efforts of Governor Heineman, the legislature, economic development organizations and Nebraska communities have focused on building diverse job opportunities and that’s reflected in this study,” Kruse added.
The study states that Nebraska had an excellent Stage I-Labor, Taxes and Other Factors, rank of 5 receiving A’s for the state’s low unemployment, favorable regulatory environment, excellent transportation infrastructure, and Right-to-Work status. In terms of Stage II-Incentives and Economic Development Agency Factors, Nebraska continued its strong showing by placing 6th, reflecting its emphasis on providing tools necessary for businesses to grow.
“The Governor and the Nebraska state legislature recognize that in today’s highly competitive global economy state leadership must work outside of the traditional economic development box if they are to provide their constituents with a robust economy,” said Dr. Pollina. He went on to say, “Nebraska’s political leadership, coupled with The Nebraska Department of Economic Development and economic development powerhouses like the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, Nebraska Public Power District, and the state Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have formed an economic development team that state residents and Businesses should be proud of. With a Stage I score of #5 and a Stage II score of #6, Nebraska truly offers a company a well-rounded environment to grow and prosper.”
Considered one of the most, if not the most comprehensive study of its type, the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States annual study analyzes 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.
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.
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