CNBC & CNBC Digital Present Coverage with Special Correspondent Scott Cohn Revealing the 2015 America's Top 5 States for Business Throughout CNBC's Business Day Programming and Online on Wednesday, June 24th
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 4, 2015— The battle is intense, and the stakes are high. All 50 states are competing like never before to attract business and jobs. But what does it take to be one of America's Top States for Business?
Starting Tuesday, June 23rd through Thursday, June 25th, CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, will broadcast the results of its ninth annual study of America's Top States for Business. The network will build a special event around this CNBC exclusive study with the complete rankings being revealed, along with the winning state, on Wednesday, June 24th, throughout the network's Business Day programming. The complete ranking for all 50 states will be available on CNBC.com and include an in-depth look at each of their respective rankings.
CNBC Special Correspondent Scott Cohn will broadcast live from the top-ranked state starting Tuesday, and will count down CNBC's 2015 list of America's Top States for Business Wednesday, beginning on "Squawk Box" (6AM-9AM ET) with the top state being revealed on "Closing Bell" (3PM-5PM ET).
On Wednesday, June 24th, CNBC Digital will reveal, in conjunction with on-air, the complete list of America's Top States for Business rankings. In addition, topstates.cnbc.com will feature a wealth of coverage about each state including economic snapshots (employment, budget, tax and housing data) and exclusive stories and slideshows delving into the various top-ranking categories including Technology & Innovation, Quality of Life and Workforce.
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To determine the rankings for America's Top States for Business, each state was scored—using publicly available data—on more than 60 different measures of competitiveness. We developed our methodology with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States received points based on their rankings in each metric, which were then separated into ten broad categories. The categories are weighted based on how frequently it is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, we grade the states on the criteria they use to sell themselves.
So what makes a state great for business? The ten broad categories and the maximum possible points for each:
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