America's Top States for Business 2007

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    As the nation’s economy cools off, the race to attract jobs heats up.  Who’s winning?  CNBC and CNBC.com present our second annual look at America’s Top States for Business -- and it does show some notable changes from the 2007 results. 

  • To arrive at America's Top States for Business,  we scored all 50 states—using publicly available data—on 40 different measures of competitiveness., and then separated those metrics into the ten broad categories.

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    Welcome to our second annual look at America’s Top States for Business—a study that shows you can’t sit still if you want to stay competitive.  Our study rates the states on the very selling points they use to attract business -- 40 metrics in ten categories.

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    Figuring out why states fared poorly in America’s Top States For Business 2008 takes a bit less work than determining why others did well.  It usually comes down to performance and scoring in three key categories, and they happen to be the three with the most impact on the weighting and the overall rankings. Here's the ten worst -- and why.

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    Figuring out why states fared poorly in America’s Top States For Business 2008 takes a bit less work than determining why others did well.  It usually comes down to performance and scoring in three key categories, and they happen to be the three with the most impact on the weighting and the overall rankings. Here's the ten worst -- and why.

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    Figuring out why states fared poorly in America’s Top States For Business 2008 takes a bit less work than determining why others did well.  It usually comes down to performance and scoring in three key categories, and they happen to be the three with the most impact on the weighting and the overall rankings. Here's the ten worst -- and why.

  • You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. With the launch of CNBC's fourth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states based on the rankings of the the study's cost-of-living category. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 25-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of these states also had some of t

    With the launch of CNBC's fourth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states.

  • Texas is looking at a budget shortfall projected between $11 to $17 billion as lawmakers head into the 2011 session. Since Texas writes budgets in two-year terms, the shortfall affects the 2012-2013 state budget. So how does the Governor plan on balancing the budget?

  • New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told CNBC Thursday that he would slash spending and taxes across the state, especially for businesses.

  • Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s highly controversial plan to rein in public employee unions is still tied up in the courts. But one reason fellow governors are watching Wisconsin so closely—beyond the bare-knuckled politics—is Walker’s claim that, among other things, the plan would mean Wisconsin is “open for business.”

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    If there’s ever a year for a state like North Dakota to shake up the coveted top five of  CNBC's Top States For Business rankings, this would seem to be it.

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    When states make their pitches to companies, those pitches invariably include selling points that will somehow be paid for by taxpayers. Business incentives, quality education, strong infrastructure—none of that is free.

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    Which states are best for business? Test your knowledge.

  • To arrive at America's Top States for Business, we scored all 50 states -- using publicly available data -- on 40 different measures of competitiveness., and then separated those metrics into the ten broad categories.

  • CNBC, America's Business Channel, and CNBC.com look at the best -- and worst -- states for business in our new exclusive study.

  • The countdown begins, as the team begins its trip across America, visiting each of the top five states in days ahead. . The first stop is North Carolina, which ranked No. 5 in our study.

  • We didn't plan it this way, honest. But it's a good thing our No. 4 state, Georgia, is just two states away from our number five state, North Carolina.

  • It's amazing the power you posses when you know a secret--apparently no matter how trivial. To add a little fun to our series on America's Top States for Business, we've been unveiling our Top Five daily on CNBC's Power Lunch. Not only have we been keeping the identity of the states secret from our viewers until the last minute; there is only a small circle of people within CNBC who know where we will be each day.