Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
When people around the country think about South Dakota, the first image that comes to mind is probably Mount Rushmore. Though we're proud to be the home of Gutzon Borglum's masterpiece, the truth is that we are much more than the stone-carved presidential tribute. South Dakota is a great place to do business.
We have long strived to make our state business friendly, and people are beginning to notice. A number of independent groups who conduct state-by-state studies are rating South Dakota at the top, and businesses are looking to South Dakota.
In 2013, CNBC named us America's Top State for Business. We ranked second in the Tax Foundations' State Business Tax Climate Index. We also ranked first in the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council's 2014 Small Business Policy Index.