Nebraska has been named No. 2 in America’s 10 most business-friendly states for 2013 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., which helps corporations select sites to build or expand.
The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina, which is headquartered in Park Ridge, Ill.
Nebraska moved up from No. 6 in 2012 in the company's rating and is ranked only behind Utah.
The study examined 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxation, human resources, infrastructure, economic incentives and development efforts such as corporate tax credits.
The report gave Nebraska an A grade in unemployment rate, right to work, unemployment insurance, business inventory tax, comprehensive tax-new firms, comprehensive tax-mature firms, litigation environment, transportation infrastructure, incentives (9 factors), and marketing/website/response to new and existing employers (4 factors).
Nebraska received Bs in high school and college completion, and workers’ compensation.
“This is a governor and legislature that ‘gets it’ and they are working hard and smart to develop an economy that will work for the benefit of all Nebraskans," said Brent Pollina, company vice president.
“Nebraskans should be very proud of their political leaders and their efforts in developing an economy that other states should envy. Job creation is obviously a top priority for Gov. Heineman and the state legislature," he said.
“We’re proud of our #2 in Pollina’s Top Ten,” said Gov. Heineman. “We still have work to do, but I am pleased with our progress.”
With less than 1 percent of its labor force employed in agriculture, Nebraska is clearly focused on building job opportunities for all its residents, said Pollina.