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Runners-up in the 2010 "State of the Year" contest included Texas, Tennessee, Utah and South Carolina. Previous winners of the Business Facilities "State of the Year" Award include Tennessee (2009), Michigan (2008) and Texas (2007).
"This is yet another example of the better Louisiana we are building for our children," said Gov. Bobby Jindal. "Since day one, we have made economic development our top priority by cutting taxes, revamping workforce training and reforming our ethics code. We've made incredible progress and fostered an economic environment that is creating opportunity for our people, but we will not rest until all of our sons and daughters can pursue their dreams right here at home. We must continue this strong economic momentum by opposing tax increases on Louisianians and reducing government spending so we can retain jobs and create thousands more for our people."
"The diversity and growth potential of Louisiana's top projects in both high-tech and traditional manufacturing, as well as healthy total investments, overall job creation and innovative incentives made Louisiana a clear winner of our annual 'State of the Year' Award," said Business Facilities Editor-in-chief Jack Rogers. "We were particularly impressed with the diversity of Louisiana's strategy for developing high-growth sectors, including digital media, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing and modular nuclear power plant components."
The Business Facilities editor noted that Louisiana "has emerged unbowed from a series of disasters that would have brought less-determined locations to their knees -- including a major hurricane, an oil spill and the national economic downturn -- and charted a course for the future that positions the state to be a national leader for years to come."
Business Facilities also singled out the recently announced Nucor project in St. James Parish as the Bronze Award winner in the magazine's "Economic Development Deal of the Year" awards contest. "This project will transform the economy of St. James Parish," the Business Facilities editor added.
"This terrific news is a reflection of Louisiana's continued economic progress during a difficult national economic period," said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret. "This recognition is in large part the result of recent economic competitiveness improvements in Louisiana, including business tax cuts, governmental ethics reform, the creation of LED FastStart and our focus on business retention and expansion. Additionally, this improved ranking reflects the results of our recent business development successes, as well as our aggressive marketing efforts focused on closing the gap between the perception and reality of Louisiana's business climate. While we are pleased with our progress, we are not slowing down -- we are going to keep working hard to strengthen Louisiana's position as the emerging economic powerhouse of the South."
On Tuesday, the Jindal administration cited Louisiana’s economic and population growth during its administration in claiming that had the growth existed in the early part of the decade, Louisiana would not be losing a Congressperson as a result of the recent US Census.
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