CNBC recently released their rankings for the “Top States for Business in 2019,” and Nebraska received high marks. CNBC which grades states on “more than 60 measures of competitiveness in 10 broad categories” placed Nebraska at #8 overall. This represents a significant jump from last year, when the state ranked in 14th place.
“Nebraska’s six-spot jump in CNBC’s rankings speaks to the great successes we have experienced in recruiting new opportunities to Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts in a press release published by his office. “Our pro-growth climate has helped Nebraska attract more new investments per capita than any state in the nation for three years in a row. Consequently, we are hitting employment records every year, and helping keep Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”
Nebraska ranked particularly well in categories including “Cost of Doing Business” (5th), “Education” (6th), and “Economy” (9th) in order to achieve 8th in the overall ranking. CNBC weighed these and other categories based on how frequently states used them as selling points so that the study would reflect the ways in which states “sell themselves” for economic development purposes.
“We continue to see growth opportunities throughout NPPD’s service territory,” said Mary Plettner, NPPD Economic Development Manager. “We appreciate the work of the communities we serve along with many our partner agencies in the economic development arena.”