The state of Kansas ranked fifth in the country for economic development projects per capita in Site Selection magazine’s 2013 rankings. Site Selection, which has compiled annual economic development rankings since 1978, added a new Governor’s Cup Award for 2013, recognizing the states with the most qualifying new and expanded facilities per capita.
“Kansas continues to build a business environment that is one of the best in the country,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “It’s great to see that these rankings reflect how competitive our state is for business. Companies across numerous industries are achieving success here, and I’m excited to keep working with them to make Kansas the best possible place to build a thriving business.”
Site Selection ranked Kansas second in per capita projects in the seven state West North Central region that also included Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. With 106 new facilities and expansions in 2013, Kansas had 36.6 projects for every 1 million in population.
Of the 106 economic development projects in 2013, 20 were classified as new manufacturing facilities, 24 as manufacturing expansions and the remaining 62 as all other categories, including offices, headquarters, distribution centers, research and development facilities and mixed-use facilities.