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Ranking: Virginia tops in business

Virginia is the “most pro-business state” in America according to the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2010 rankings released Thursday. This marks the fourth time the Commonwealth has held the top spot, with previous top rankings garnered in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

In the official release from Pollina, the company notes that the study involves “…ranking states based on 31 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.” Utah was ranked the second most pro-business state in the study, followed by Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“Pollina has pointed out what we’ve known here in Virginia for a long time—that we are the best state in America for business. That’s no small feat in such a tough economy. Pollina clearly recognized the pro-business atmosphere and first-class educational system we have built here in Virginia. And that work is ongoing,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday.

The full Pollina rankings and report can be found here:

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