According to Area Development, an online magazine forum, Mississippi and many other Southern states like Georgia, Texas and Alabama.

One common denominator among all of the top states is they have aggressive utility economic development programs, such as TVA, FPL, the SC Power Team, and Georgia Power. This is important as these states have resources other than the state and local EDO that can provide additional funding and assistance with site development, incentives, and other programs.

Georgia took the top spot for the fifth year in a row.


TOP STATES FOR DOING BUSINESS 2018

  1. GEORGIA
  2. TEXAS
  3. ALABAMA
  4. TENNESSEE
  5. SOUTH CAROLINA
  6. NORTH CAROLINA
  7. LOUISIANA
  8. MISSISSIPPI
  9. INDIANA
  10. FLORIDA
  11. OHIO
  12. ARIZONA
  13. KENTUCKY
  14. VIRGINIA
  15. ARKANSAS
  16. OKLAHOMA
  17. UTAH
  18. MICHIGAN
  19. NEW YORK
  20. NEVADA

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Overall Cost of Doing Business

  1. TEXAS
  2. TENNESSEE
  3. GEORGIA
  4. ALABAMA
  5. SOUTH CAROLINA
  6. MISSISSIPPI
  7. INDIANA
  8. NORTH CAROLINA
  9. LOUISIANA
  10. FLORIDA

Mississippi also placed in the top ten for categories like: Business Incentive Programs, Leading Workforce Development Programs, Shovel-Ready Sites Program, Cooperative and Responsive State Government, Favorable General Regulatory Environment, Most Improved Economic Development Policies.