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.
The state of Iowa is once again one of "America's Top States for Business," because we are committed to building a strong, diverse economy and raising the standard of living for all Iowans. We do this through a focused economic development strategy that spurs innovation, allows for business growth and creates jobs. We invest the time and energy to understand the needs of industry and partner to create solutions to challenges and put them in place quickly.
Our nimble and collaborative approach is paying off as the state had a record-breaking year in manufacturing exports. We've attracted more than $11 billion of private capital investment projects over the last four years, and every corner of the state has benefited from business expansions from top-tier companies.