Pollina Corporate recognized Kansas as one of the best states for businesses when it revealed its 2014 “Top 10 Pro-Business States” rankings today. The Sunflower State ranked fifth overall, a one-spot improvement from 2013’s sixth place ranking and the state’s highest finish ever in Pollina’s rankings.
“Kansas continues to move up in the Pollina rankings giving support to our efforts to make Kansas the best state in which to raise a family and grow a business,” Gov. Sam Brownback said.
“Governor Sam Brownback, with the support of the state legislature and the Kansas Department of Commerce, has created a core team that is getting the job done,” said Brent Pollina, vice president of Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. and co-author of the study. “This success has been aided by a strong statewide effort from local economic development organizations like the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, and the Kansas City Area Development Council.”
The Pollina Corporate annual 50-state ranking indicates how well each state has or has not positioned itself to retain and create jobs, as well as sustain America’s middle class. The study evaluates and ranks states based on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, workforce, education, infrastructure, regulatory environment, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.
In 2014, Kansas scored well in many metrics, resulting in an overall grade of an “A” in the study. The rankings also noted the state’s diverse industry base, including bioscience, animal health, energy technology, aviation, advanced manufacturing and agriculture.
“Its consistent effort to create a pro-business environment has paid off because the state has continuously adapted and changed to fit the needs of business, refusing to sit back and rely on past success,” said Pollina. “While remaining dedicated to its agricultural heritage, Kansas has proven that it has what it takes to be a well-rounded pro-business state.”
“Kansas is one of the best places in the country for businesses,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Entrepreneurs and business leaders in our state continue to create many new jobs and invest. We’re excited to continue working with companies to ensure that Kansas remains a great place to start and grow a business.”