Missouri is making gains in economic rankings
Missouri has taken a significant leap up in CNBC’s annual ranking of America’s Top States for Business. The Show-Me State earned the overall ranking of 22 among 50 states in 2017, up from a ranking of 31 in 2016. Missouri scored the most points for the state’s low cost of business and infrastructure.
For the last 11 years, CNBC has provided the business ranking, scoring all states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business policy experts and official government and economic data sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Many of the metrics used in the CNBC rankings can be tied to initiatives in the Missouri 2030 strategic plan,” said Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We are confident Missouri will keep rising in these rankings as Missouri’s business community continues to focus on systemic change in those areas that impact our economy most – improving our workforce, staying competitive and protecting our infrastructure assets.”
Missouri recently concluded one of the most pro-jobs legislative sessions in decades. Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law a record number of reforms that should add to Missouri’s economic momentum in upcoming rankings.