U.S. Chamber commends Virginia as ‘Most Livable State’

The United States Chamber of Commerce commended Virginia as America’s “Most Livable State” in its annual “Enterprising States: Policies that Produce” ranking.

The report noted that Virginia ranks #1 nationally in median family income, STEM job concentration and in the high-tech share of all businesses. Among other things, the report attributes Virginia’s success to its low tax and regulatory environment, its highly educated workforce, potential as a transportation and industrial hub, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s aggressive job creation efforts, and the Port of Virginia.

“This report confirms what we already knew: that Virginia is the best state in which to make a living and pursue the American Dream,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “What makes Virginia’s jobs climate the best in the nation is that our policy-makers listen to our entrepreneurs and job creators. I am pleased to see this affirmation of Virginia’s pro-jobs policies from the world’s largest business federation and will work tirelessly to build and sustain a business climate that will put more Virginians back to work.

“We will also study this report and continue to reach out to businesses in Virginia and abroad to see how we can continue to improve and grow and attract more jobs to Virginia.”

The full report from the United States Chamber of Commerce is available here.


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