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Virginia remains No. 1 in Pollina pro-business study

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Virginia remained the top state for the third year in row in the Pollina Top 10 Pro-Business Study.

The latest edition of the list by Park Ridge, Ill.-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate largely focuses on the West as the nation’s dominant region for future job growth.

Nonetheless, the report describes Virginia as a model for the rest of the country. Brent Pollina, vice president of Pollina Corporate Real Estate and the author of study, said the Old Dominion topped the list again by the largest margin in the study’s history.

“Virginia can certainly be emulated by other states, which should view Virginia’s economic policies as a coloring book,” said Pollina. “All they need to do is stay between the lines of the coloring book, and they, too, can create a powerful pro-business environment.

This report’s most improved state was North Dakota, which climbed from 18th to third place in three years. It is one of seven Western states in the Pollina Top 10. The group does not include California, which ranked last for the eighth consecutive year.

The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2011 are: 1) Virginia 2) Utah 3) North Dakota 4) Wyoming 5) Nebraska 6) Kansas 7) South Dakota 8) Missouri 9) South Carolina and 10) Indiana.

The Pollina report is based on 32 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.

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