Awards & Rankings

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National Chamber Foundation: 2012 Executive Summary; U.S. Chamber Study Ranks Louisiana No. 1 For Export Growth, No. 2 For Income Growth

National leadership in exports, a strong energy sector and policies that are attracting business investment helped Louisiana establish nearly a dozen Top 10 rankings in Enterprising States 2012, a new report by an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

June 11, 2012 | Read Story »

The Best Cities for Tech Jobs

To determine which metropolitan areas are adding the most tech-related jobs, my colleague Mark Schill at Praxis Strategy Group developed a ranking system for Forbes that measures employment growth in the sectors most identified with the high-tech economy (including software, data processing and Internet publishing), as well as growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) jobs across all sectors.

May 17, 2012 | Read Story »

5 friendliest states for small business

Small businesses ranked Idaho as the friendliest state to set up shop, according to a survey released Tuesday.

May 8, 2012 | Read Story »

Louisiana ranks high on Index of State Economic Momentum

Louisiana placed ninth among the 50 states on an Index of State Economic Momentum, which ranks states on their most recent performance on three key measures of economic vitality: personal income growth, employment growth and population growth.

May 4, 2012 | Read Story »

Louisiana reaches highest rank ever in CEO Survey

Louisiana, is the Cinderella of business improvement…it has climbed steadily up the ranks so that it is now 13th—up from 27th last year—the biggest leap in a single year of any state.

May 2, 2012 | Read Story »

The Best Cities for Jobs 2012

Another energy capital, Oklahoma City, ranks 10th, while resurgent New Orleans-Metairie places 13th among the largest metro areas.

May 1, 2012 | Read Story »

Greater New Orleans Inc. earns honorable mention in Excellence Awards

Business Facilities has introduced a new annual series of Economic Development Awards to honor the agencies and organizations that have established and consistently executed the best practices in our industry, bringing measurable success in targeted economic development to the locations they represent.

April 5, 2012 | Read Story »

Business Facilities Names Achievement Award Winners

Loyal followers of our annual State Rankings Report will not be surprised that Louisiana Economic Development is the hands-down winner of our first Achievement in Workforce Training Award for the Louisiana FastStart program.

April 4, 2012 | Read Story »