Ohio named to top 10 for 'Best States for Business'

Written on May 14, 2018

Chief Executive magazine has named Ohio one of the top 10 in its annual "Best States for Business" ranking.

Ohio gained one spot in this year’s list, taking 10th place this year. The magazine's competitive selection placed the Buckeye State 23rd for taxation and regulation, 21st for workforce quality and 25th for living environment.

The ranking singled out Ohio for its "sharp diversification" away from a manufacturing-focused economy and for having added more jobs in biohealth and technologies.

The magazine highlighted:

  • Paycor's 1,000 new jobs in Norwood
  • A $750 million Facebook data center in New Albany, which will mean 100 new jobs
  • Amazon's North Randall distribution center, which will bring 2,000 jobs
  • A $700 million investment in Fiat Chrysler's Toledo plant, where the company is expanding Jeep Wrangler production and adding 700 jobs.

Texas topped the list, followed by Florida and North and South Carolina tied for third. Indiana was No. 5, while Kentucky finished at No. 25.

Last place honors went to California, where taxation and regulation landed low marks.

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