September 18, 2018
Monday, September 18, 2017
“Winning Strategies” Survey Peeks Into Minds of Key Corporate Decision Makers
NEW YORK, NY (September 18, 2017) – Florida ranks second among the 50 states for having the best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto. Texas ranked first. Georgia ranked third, followed by South Carolina and North Carolina, respectively.
Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. For the first time, the survey also includes findings about how the current political climate affects business perceptions. Many of the executives surveyed, 57 percent, reported that the Trump presidency hasn’t impacted their investment plans and 33 percent were more likely to explore domestic expansion.
“The Winning Strategies survey provides insights into the minds of key decision makers—from their perceptions on locations around the world to how they get the information that shapes those perceptions,” said DCI President Andrew T. Levine. “As the competition for business expansions and talent intensifies, this information can be crucial to communities looking to set themselves apart from other locations.”
Florida took the No. 2 spot with 22 percent of the respondents naming it as the state with having the most favorable business climate. In 2014, Florida bumped North Carolina out of the No. 2 spot, after the state held second place for a decade. Respondents who named Florida as having a favorable business climate mentioned the state’s pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its strategic location.
Key findings from the 2017 “Winning Strategies” survey, which is based on the aggregate responses of 331 corporate executives with site selection responsibilities, include:
Best States for Business:
For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report or an executive summary, visit www.aboutdci.com/winning-strategies.
Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com
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