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Posted on: July 15, 2010

Kansas ranks No. 11 in CNBC’s annual Top States for Business report

Kansas has been ranked No. 11 in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business report.

The CNBC report analyzes all 50 states by examining 40 different measures of competitiveness, which are then grouped into 10 broad categories: cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living. Of those 10 categories, Kansas ranked among the Top 10 in three - transportation, economy and cost of living - en route to its No. 11 overall rank.

Kansas finished one spot behind Georgia and one spot ahead of North Dakota. Iowa (No. 6) was the only Midwestern state ranked ahead of Kansas.

“This national ranking is another example of how Kansas has positioned itself well above the rest of the country,” said Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson. “As we continue to strengthen our economy, it is encouraging that prestigious organizations like CNBC are recognizing our state’s efforts in creating job-producing policies and promoting economic development. This ranking not only speaks volumes about the amazing workforce and businesses in our state, but also the strong schools, public infrastructure and communities that have created Kansas’ success. We remain committed to continuing this success and furthering our economic recovery.”

CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 340 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. The complete Top 10 ranking is available at

Today’s announcement marks the third time since May a major media outlet has recognized Kansas for business excellence. 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. Visit for details.

In 2009, the Kansas Department of Commerce was involved in 58 successful recruitment projects in which Kansas was competing with at least one other state. Those projects totaled 11,888 new jobs and $685.2 million in capital investment. The Department was also involved in 141 expansion/retention projects with existing Kansas businesses, totaling 21,600 new or retained jobs and $1.37 billion in capital investment.

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


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