North Dakota was named one of America's most "pro-business states" in an annual report released today by the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. The 2013 Pollina Pro-Business study ranks North Dakota's overall business climate the third best in the nation.
"Our focus on job creation is supported by a dedicated and skilled workforce, a responsive state government and a fair and balanced tax structure," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. "North Dakota's supportive business climate stimulates job creation, which in turn leads to a stronger, more diversified economy. This report is more evidence that our hard work is getting results."
North Dakota ranks third in the nation for its business climate, moving up one position in the annual study from last year.
The annual Pollina report, considered the most comprehensive, unbiased and unvarnished by the economic development industry, examines 32 factors relative to state efforts to develop pro-business strategies. Factors weighed in the study include taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, and investments in public infrastructure.
The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013 are:
3. North Dakota
8. South Dakota
Additional information on the report is available at http://www.pollina.com/top10probusiness.html