America's Top States For Business 2013 From the Governors

  • FedEx, Jack Daniels and Volkswagen also have origins or significant North American investments in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam says.

  • Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware

    Delaware companies in advanced industries are bringing manufacturing jobs back from abroad, such as ILC Dover, and luring new ones from overseas, including Hologic from Germany.

  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead

    Diverse incentives make the Cowboy State a "Top State" for business, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says.

  • Companies choosing Alabama are not selecting the state at random: We're competing on a whole new level to attract investment in this state, Gov. Bentley says.

  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: We want the state government to help the private sector where it can, and to get out of the way where it cannot.

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

    Washington offers businesses and their employees a competitive landscape that is not only economically vibrant, but breathtakingly beautiful.

  • South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard

    In South Dakota, individuals and companies pay no income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says.

  • Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee

    Despite small size, Rhode Island can have a big impact—and we are doing it by relying on sound fundamentals, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee says.

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

    At the heart of Illinois is Chicago, the nation’s third-largest metro area and home to world-class institutions including the Chicago Symphony and the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    After the biggest tax cut in the state's history, Indiana is looking to reel in start-ups and new businesses.

  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

    Technology's new home can be found in "Silicon Slopes," Utah.

  • Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

    Few U.S. states felt the recession more than Nevada, but efforts to diversify Nevada's economy are making Nevada a top state for businesses far beyond gaming and mining.

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

    Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad says his state has been at the forefront of locating or expanding business in Iowa that will result in more than $7 billion in capital investment.

  • Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman

    Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska has welcomed hundreds of businesses that chose to locate or expand in the state.

  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

    Gov. Rick Snyder says his state's reinvention is producing impressive results: Its economy is at a 10-year high and is the sixth-fastest-growing economy in the country.

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan

    A low-tax environment and absence of an income or sales tax have consistently made New Hampshire one of the best states in the nation for doing business.


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