JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour announced today Mississippi was named one of the top places in the country to do business by Area Development magazine, a publication used by development site selectors.

Mississippi was among the top five states for the overall cost of doing business, which considered business friendliness and corporate tax environment. The state was among the top three states for overall labor climate, which included factors such as labor availability and workforce development programs.

The magazine, which ranked Mississippi as the ninth best state in the U.S. to do business overall, also cited the state’s highly skilled, plentiful workforce and its quality workforce training programs as a reason Mississippi ranked so favorably among the 50 states.

“I appreciate Area Development magazine’s recognition of what many companies have already discovered: Mississippi is a great place to do business,” Gov. Barbour said. “Companies recognize we have a dedicated, hard-working workforce and an affordable business climate. Those are two necessary ingredients to bringing higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs to our state.”

Area Development magazine surveyed 38 of the country’s leading site selection consultant firms. Also taken into consideration in the magazine’s ranking was Mississippi’s focus on select industries, including composites, automotive, aerospace and defense, as well as its one stop permitting process for all environmental permits and regulations and its well integrated transportation network.

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“A big reason is the state’s commitment to a skilled, mostly non-unionized, and plentiful work force. Mississippi provides quality work force training programs tailored to businesses, many developed with the help of the state’s colleges and universities,” the magazine stated.