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Posted on: August 11, 2010

Kansas grabs No. 3 ranking in “Top Deals and Hot Markets” report

Kansas has been ranked No. 3 in Southern Business & Development magazine’s annual “Top Deals and Hot Markets” report, the state’s highest-ever finish in the survey, officials announced this week.

The annual ranking examines 17 Southern states on their business recruitment and retention projects that create and/or retain jobs and capital investment and then ranks them by points per million residents. Kansas finished third overall, behind co-top-finishers Louisiana and Tennessee.

The report says the following about Kansas: “Some years, Kansas finds it difficult to compete with Southern economic development superstars in the South, but not this year. Kansas ended up with the third-best point total per capita of any Southern state in the 2010 SB&D 100. Kansas City, Kan. had a remarkable year with several huge deals that lifted Kansas up to its best SB&D 100 year yet. In fact, no edge/suburban market in the entire South had a better year in 2009 than the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan.”

For the full report, visit:

Today’s announcement marks the fifth time since May a major media outlet or survey has recognized Kansas for business excellence.

· On Aug. 4, Kansas was ranked the nation’s No. 7 most business-friendly state in the Pollina Corporate “Top 10 Pro-Business States” report.

· On June 15, Kansas was ranked No. 11 in CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” report.

· In June, Area Development magazine named Kansas the winner of the Silver Shovel Award for excellence in job creation and capital investment.

· In May, Kansas was named one of the nation’s 10 most competitive states for capital investment and facility development by Site Selection magazine, a leading publication for site consultants.

In Fiscal Year 2010, the Kansas Department of Commerce facilitated 68 successful site location projects in which Kansas was competing with at least one other state. Those projects produced 13,900 jobs at an average wage of $25 per hour and 838 million in capital investment.

For more information, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or, or visit


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