North Carolina has one of the Best Business Climates

Accolades from previous years

North Carolina is consistently recognized for its outstanding business climate and quality of life. Just more proof that businesses and people really do Thrive in North Carolina. Here are some of our accolades from previous years:

2011 Accolades

  • No. 1 Best Regulatory Environment for Business, Forbes, November 2011
  • No. 2 Best State for Business, Chief Executive, May 2011 
  • No. 2 Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business, Ernst & Young, July 2011
  • No. 2 Most Cost-Efficient for Manufacturing, AIER Study, The Business Journals, July 2011
  • No. 3 America's Top States for Business, CNBC, June 2011
  • No. 3 Best State for Business, Forbes, November 2011
  • No. 3 Best Business Climate, Site Selection, November 2011
  • No. 4 Most Competitive State, Site Selection, May 2011
  • No. 6 Most New Projects & Expansions in 2010, Site Selection, March 2011
  • No. 8 Venture Capital Investments, The Business Journals, August 2011
  • 2011 Silver Shovel Award, Area Development, April 2011
  • 2011 CiCi Awards—Two projects received awards in the Community Impact division: Facebook in Rutherford County and Magna Composites LLC in Rowan, Caldwell and Catawba counties. The Caterpillar project in Forsyth County was recognized for  Corporate Investment, Trade and Industry Development magazine, March 2011

2010 Accolades

  • No. 3 State for In-migration, United Van Lines Migration Study
  • No. 2 State for Incentives, Marketing Efforts, Agency Responsiveness, Pollina Corporate Real Estate
  • No. 5 Pro-Business State, Pollina Corporate Real Estate
  • No. 1 Best Business Climate 9 of the last 10 years, Site Selection magazine, November 2010
  • No. 3 Best State for Business, Forbes, October 2010
  • No. 7 Best-Performing City: Raleigh-Cary area, Milken Institute, October 2010
  • No. 4 America's Top State's for Business survey, CNBC, July 2010
  • No. 2 Best State for Business by CEO's, Chief Executive magazine, May/June 2010
  • No. 1 Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business, Council on State Taxation and Ernst & Young, April 2010
  • Four North Carolina cities make RelocateAmerica.com's list of Best Places to Live, April 2010
  • Raleigh, Charlotte and Durham place on the Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers, April 2010
  • 2010 CiCi Awards: A North Carolina economic development project won a Community Impact award - Talecris Biotherapeutics in Clayton, Trade and Industry Development magazine, March/April 2010

2009 Accolades

  •  No. 1 Best Business Climate 8 of the last 9 years, Site Selection magazine, November 2009
  • Top Place in the U.S. to Locate Data Centers, report, Tishman Technologies, October 2009
  • No. 2 Most Competitive State, Site Selection, May 2009
  • No. 2 Best State for Business by CEOs, Chief Executive magazine, February 2009
  • No. 3 Pro-Business State, Pollina Corporate Real Estate, June 2009
  • No. 5, Forbes Best States for Business, September, 2009
  • No. 8, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Top States for Nanotechnology, August, 2009 (Raleigh listed No. 4 for Top Nano Metros)
  • No. 9, America's Top States for Business study, CNBC, July 2009 (ranked No. 2 for Workforce)
  • 3 N.C. cities on the Next Cities list of 60 U.S. Hotspots for Young, Talented Workers: No. 12 Charlotte under "Super Cities"; No. 9 Durham under "Midsize Magnets"; No. 6 Cary under "Mighty Micros," June 2009
  • 4 N.C. cities on CNNMoney.com list of best places for small business startups, Oct. 13, 2009
  • 2009 CiCi Awards: 2 North Carolina economic development projects won Corporate Investment & Community Impact awards—Spirit Aerosystems of Kinston and Sutter Street Manufacturing in Hickory, Trade and Industry Development magazine, March 2009
  • Best Places for Business and Careers: No. 1 Raleigh, No. 3 Durham, No. 6 Asheville, No. 13 Wilmington, No. 18 Winston-Salem and No. 19 Charlotte (in the “Best Metros” category); and No. 2 Greenville (in the “Best Small Metros” category), Forbes magazine, March 2009

2008 Accolades

  • No. 1 Best Business Climate 7 of the last 8 years, Site Selection magazine, November 2008
  • No. 1 State with Small Metropolitan Areas Having the Most New and Expanded Corporate Facilities, Site Selection magazine, March 2008
  • No. 1 Pro Business State, Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. study
  • No. 1 for Revenue Increases, North Carolina biotech companies, Ernst & Young’s 2008 Global Biotechnology Report rankings
  • No. 2 Best Business Climate, Development Counselors International (DCI), July 2008
  • No. 3 Most Competitive State, Site Selection, May 2008
  • No. 3 Largest Biotech Industry of U.S. States, Beyond Borders, Ernst & Young, 2007
  • No. 4 for Biotechnology Strength in Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, Business Facilities magazine, July 2008
  • No. 4 Best State for Business, Forbes magazine, July 2008
  • No. 6 America’s Top States for Business study, CNBC, July 2008

 

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