Area Development surveyed top site consultants to determine the best states for doing business, should a business be looking to build a new facility. The survey ranked the states based on their number of mentions by the site consultants in 17 categories.

The results:

TOP STATES FOR DOING BUSINESS 2013

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

Consultant Robert Hess comments on the importance of state leadership in providing an attractive environment for business:

Consistency and confidence are two major intangible business location drivers for our corporate clients these days. The results of the 2013 Top States for Doing Business survey demonstrate that the southeastern region of the U.S. really gets it. Risk management and certainty around investment decision-making is rising as a critical location factor, and Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi continue to maintain their business climate “edge” through focused advancement of their “business-friendly” policies as well as overall low structural costs.

This is Tennessee’s best showing in the four year history of the survey. Good job!