Nebraska has been named one of America’s 10 most business-friendly states for 2015 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., corporate site selection firm 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 10 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.
The report states that Nebraska had an excellent Stage I-Labor, Taxes and Other Factors rank of fifth. 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, comprehensive studies of its type, the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States annual analyses 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.