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  • Behind the scenes: 'Critical Condition' US tour Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:34 AM ET
    Home of Charles Lang Freer, Detroit railroad car manufacturer.

    Visit any American city and it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to see where its greatness came from—however faded it may seem to be.

  • This small city is full of big surprises Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:15 AM ET
    Market Street Bridge and the Tennessee Aquarium.

    Chattanooga has made a comeback over the last 5 years thanks to investing in high-speed broadband. In the process, it has wooed $4 billion in foreign investment.

  • Damage to city budgets: Some was self-inflicted Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    View of downtown Oakland, California.

    Interest rate swaps - sold as a way to save money on public financing - have turned into municipal bombs.

  • The state of urban America: A tale of two cities Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Lawrence Payne walks past two abandoned houses on September 4, 2013 in the Six Mile Gratiot neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.

    The head of the National Urban League outlines a plan to close the economic divide that's crippling U.S. cities.

  • What you won’t see in a Chris Christie campaign ad Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    New Jersey’s standing in America's Top States for Business has declined since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010. It finishes 42nd this year.

  • Biggest losers in the top states rankings Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:51 AM ET
    Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • Is 'right to work' law a competitive advantage? Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 12:03 PM ET
    A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.

  • Hawaii: The Worst State for Business in America Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.

  • The Most Improved States for Business 2013 Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

  • Set it in stone! South Dakota is Top State in 2013 Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:42 PM ET

    South Dakota soars to the top spot in CNBC's annual survey of the Top States for Business. What other surprises are in store?

  • The No. 5 Top State for Business Is...It's a Tie! Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 11:38 AM ET
    Richmond. Va.

    Virginia and Utah finish in a tie at No. 5 in CNBC's Top States for Business 2013. The first top-five tie in Top State history is a bit of comedown for three time champ Virginia.

  • Look for tech's new home in 'Silicon Slopes,' Utah Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 10:59 AM ET
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

    Technology's new home can be found in "Silicon Slopes," Utah.

  • Top US states for new manufacturing jobs Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 8:45 AM ET
    A welder builds parts for finished petroleum tanks at Southern Tank and Manufacturing Inc. in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

    Which are the top states for the creation manufacturing jobs? Here's the countdown.

  • How shale oil boom is ‘fracking’ the old order Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | 6:12 AM ET
    An Alpha Oil & Gas crew building a 10-inch gas pipeline near Watford City, N.D.

    When we launched Top States for Business in 2007, North Dakota was nowhere on the list. Now it's growth and employment numbers are the envy of the nation.

  • States bring renewed swagger to Top States 2013 Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 7:46 AM ET

    CNBC has been ranking all 50 states for competitiveness since 2007. This year's report comes as states continue to get back in fighting shape—fighting for jobs, that is.

  • Categories and Criteria Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC scores all U.S. states on 55 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.

  • Europe's Economy Is Dead, Needs Central Bank CPR Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 | 5:02 PM ET

    An early peek this week at how the euro zone economy performed in April could cement the case for the next installment in monetary easing by the world's major central banks.

  • Chinese Firm Looks to Tap US Natural Gas Market Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 12:26 PM ET

    One of China's largest private companies is quietly rolling out plans to establish a network of natural gas fueling stations for trucks along U.S. highways.

  • Toyota Settles Acceleration Lawsuit in Crash Deaths Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 9:26 AM ET
    A Toyota Motor Corp. Camry sedan sits on the lot of Brent Brown Toyota in Orem, Utah, U.S. on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

    Toyota Motor has settled a wrongful death lawsuit that was to go to court next month and serve as a test case for hundreds of others involving sudden acceleration.

  • Gov. Herbert Addresses Debt Ceiling Debate  Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 3:30 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports members of both parties are coming up with their strategies on the debt ceiling; and Gov. Gary Herbert, (R-UT), explains how uncertainty over the debt ceiling is affecting Utah's efforts to balance the budget.