Awards & Rankings

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Louisiana’s FastStart, Quick Start Tops in Workforce Training

Once again, innovative programs in Louisiana and Georgia are the cream of the crop among Workforce Training Leaders. Louisiana’s FastStart and Georgia’s Quick Start again finished first and second, respectively, in the Workforce Training Leaders category in Business Facilities’ 2012 State Rankings Report.

July 24, 2012 | Read Story »

Louisiana Tops in Economic Growth Potential

Louisiana has surged to the top of Business Facilities’ flagship Economic Growth Potential ranking in our 2012 State Rankings Report.

July 23, 2012 | Read Story »

The Cities Where A Paycheck Stretches The Furthest

These include some cities that didn’t crack the top 10 of our list but appear to be gaining ground, such as Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Antonio and New Orleans, a once beleaguered city that has experienced the nation’s fastest per capita personal income growth since 2005.

July 9, 2012 | Read Story »

New Orleans earns No. 5 ranking on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best list

New Orleans has been selected by Travel + Leisure readers as their fifth-favorite American or Canadian city in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards.” In last year’s rankings, New Orleans was the No. 6 favorite.

July 6, 2012 | Read Story »

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 »