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Posted on: June 7, 2010

Site Selection magazine names Kansas a Top 10 state in Competiveness Award

Kansas has been named one of the nation’s 10 most competitive states for capital investment and new facility development by Site Selection magazine, a leading publication for site location consultants.

The announcement was part of Site Selection's annual Competitiveness Awards, which were unveiled in the magazine's May edition. The Competitiveness Awards evaluate states on criteria such as capital investment, new facilities created, existing facilities expanded, jobs created and jobs retained.

This is the second consecutive year Kansas has made the Top 10.

“Our Top 10 finish in the Competitiveness Awards is just another example of how Kansas is one of the best states in the nation for business," said Bill Thornton, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. “We're excited to build on this success, and we look forward to another strong run of business development.”

For the complete Site Selection article and Competitiveness Awards rankings, visit

Recent business accolades for Kansas include:

July 2009 – Kansas was ranked No. 7 in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business report. The CNBC report analyzed all 50 states by examining 40 different measures of competitiveness, which were then grouped into 10 broad categories: cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living. Of those 10 categories, Kansas ranked among the Top 10 in four - workforce, transportation, economy and cost of living - en route to its No. 7 overall rank. Iowa (No. 4) was the only other Midwestern state to crack the Top 10.

June 2009 - For the second straight year, Kansas was named a Top 10 pro-business state by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, one of the nation’s premier corporate relocation firms. The annual Pollina report analyzes all 50 states by examining 33 site location factors controlled by state governments, including taxation, economic incentive programs, economic development efforts and infrastructure.

March 2009 - Trade & Industry Development magazine named two Kansas expansion projects among the top 15 nationally in the magazine’s annual 2008 CiCi Awards, which rank the nation’s top projects based on capital investment and community impact. Kansas made the list for projects at Cessna and Spirit AeroSystems.

May 2008 - For the third straight year, Area Development magazine named Kansas the winner of the Silver Shovel Award for job creation and capital investment. The rankings were part of Area Development’s annual Golden Shovel Awards.

May 2008 - Kansas was named one of the nation’s 10 most competitive states for capital investment and new facility development by Site Selection magazine, a leading publication for site location consultants.


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