CNBC has ranked Virginia as one of America’s Top States for Business 2012. The review, in its sixth year, ranks states according to 10 broad categories, including the cost of doing business, the strength of the economy, the cost of living and business friendliness. Since the rankings began Virginia has remained a top state, claiming the number one spot in 2007, 2009 and 2011, while receiving second in 2008 and 2010.
Virginia continues as a leading state in the Forbes.com Best State for Business review. The review examines multiple objective measurements,
including business cost, regulatory climate, quality of the workforce, and economic
growth. Virginia took the top spot in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and ranked second overall in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Forbes.com is the official Internet site of the Forbes family of business
Virginia is again ranked among the Top Pro-Business States by Pollina Corporate Real Estate as #2 in the nation in 2012. The Commonwealth has ranked in the top 3 since the study was released in 2004 and appeared at the top of the rankings in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study examines 32 factors relative to states' efforts to be pro-business, and is one of the most comprehensive examinations of states to date. The study is limited to factors over which state government has control. The list reflects state leadership that truly understands the importance of producing the best job opportunities available for their constituents. The states at the top of the list understand that they must be very proactive in the international battle to keep and attract jobs.
Virginia is one of the top-performing state governments
in America. In Governing Magazine’s Government Performance Project, Grading
the States 2008 survey, Virginia earned an overall grade of A- for management
of state government. This is testament to Virginia's long-term planning and
management of money, people, infrastructure, and information. Only two other
states received an A- grade.
Virginia is a recipient of the President’s
"E Star" Award in 2008, the nation’s highest award for the
promotion of export business. The International Trade Division provides proven,
innovative programs to assist Virginia companies sell their products and services
into markets worldwide.
Every state talks about their pro-business climate. In Virginia, we've let other do the talking and Virginia continues to rank among America's leading states for business. Click here to review a list of Virginia's national rankings.