In 2010, we found ourselves mentioned in campaign ads, and each year, more state officials call CNBC pumping us for information they might be able to use to improve their standing.
The Alaska Chamber of Commerce even invited me to a luncheon in Anchorage in October to explain why the state seems to finish last each year. I went, and everyone was incredibly gracious—especially considering the fact that we keep ranking Alaska last.
If we gave points for bravery, or a willingness to confront the issues head on, Alaska would surely move up in the rankings. Alas, we don’t, but we salute the effort. And we’re hoping maybe Hawaii, which also tends to do poorly overall year after year, decides it needs some pointers as well.
Which brings me to 2011—our fifth annual study, and, we hope, our most comprehensive yet. Look for it here and on CNBC TV Tuesday, June 28, starting with" Squawk Box". As in Top States I-IV, we’ll roll out this year’s rankings with the usual flourish.
We regularly adjust our ten categories and criteria to reflect the shifting standards of competitiveness.