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Alabama's business climate ranking improves, among nation's best


Alabama once again finds itself rated among the nation's best business climates, according to a survey of location consultants and corporate real estate executives by a national magazine. Site Selection ranked Alabama sixth in its annual State Business ...


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Gallery: Mercedes Benz Announcement September 2017 Comment By William Thornton wthornton@al.com Alabama once again finds itself rated among the nation's best business climates, according to a survey of location consultants and corporate real estate executives by a national magazine. Site Selection ranked Alabama sixth in its annual State Business Climate survey, up three spots from 2016. The survey is a gauge of perception, but also the reality of high dollar activity in the state. Alabama ranked fourth among the states in the magazine's Executive Survey, the most important component in the rankings, which supplies half of the overall scoreIt also shows steady improvement, as Alabama was ranked eighth last year and ninth two years ago Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield hailed the news. "This high ranking from site selection professionals underscores the hard work put in by the Alabama economic development team, which competes every day to bring high-caliber jobs to communities across the state," he said"We are going to continue our strategy of pursuing game-changing projects because we are committed to creating opportunities that position the state for future growth." Among the factors weighed by the survey are workforce skills, transportation infrastructure, utilities, taxes, quality of life, permitting, incentives and higher education resources. Neighboring Georgia finished atop the business climate rankings, its fifth year at No1Eight of the top 10 states were from the South, with only Indiana and Ohio rounding it out In 2016, new capital investment in Alabama totaled $4.2 billion, with 14,700 anticipated jobs View Comments /* */ About Us About Alabama Media Group Jobs at Alabama Media Group Advertise with us News In Education Frequently Asked Questions About AL.com Contact Us Online Store Already a Subscriber? Manage your subscription Delivery feedback Place a vacation hold Make a payment Customer Service Place an ad Get home delivery Promote your event in our calendar Send us an email Submit a news tip Buy newspaper front pages, poster and more AL.com Sections News Business Sports High School Sports Entertainment Living Travel Opinion Obituaries Jobs Autos Real Estate Apartment Rentals Classifieds Local Businesses Your Regional News Pages Anniston/Gadsden Birmingham Huntsville Mobile Montgomery Tuscaloosa Gulf Coast Beaches On the Go Mobile Apps | Tablet Apps More on AL.com Videos Photos Interact with us Weather Post a job Post a free classified ad Sell your car Sell/rent your home Site Map & search Sponsor Content Become a Member The Birmingham News The Huntsville Times Press-Register Free newsletters Follow Us Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | Instagram Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

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