Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina are viewed as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released today at the International Economic Development Council annual conference.
According to a release from survey conductor Development Counsellors International, Texas — which has consistently held the No. 1 ranking since 1999 — was the clear-cut favorite among the respondents to the survey, with 49.7 percent naming the Lone Star state as having one of the most favorable business climates in the nation. Florida ranked second with 18.1 percent; and Georgia and North Carolina tied for third with 17.6 percent of the votes.
South Carolina and Tennessee came in fourth and fifth place, respectively.