From the Baton Rouge Business Report
Ranked at No. 13, Louisiana made the biggest upward move in Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States Survey measuring the collective sentiment of 650 CEOs from across the country on the most attractive places to do business. Louisiana jumped 14 spots on the list from last year’s No. 27 ranking, and has improved 32 spots over the past four years. Texas took the top ranking for the eighth straight year, while California was named the worst state to do business. For the 2012 survey, which was conducted between January and February, CEOs were asked to evaluate states on issues such as regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, educational resources, quality of living and infrastructure. CEOs recognized an improved policy and regulatory environment in Louisiana, along with improved economic performance, according to Chief Executive Editor in Chief JP Donlon, who writes, “Although often eclipsed by Texas, its next-door neighbor, Louisiana is the Cinderella of business improvement.” Check out the entire list and read the full story here.