South Dakota is the 15th Best State for Business Up From 18th in the Previous Year in Chief Executive’s “Best & Worst States for Business 2014” Survey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGREENWICH, CT, May 12, 2014 – CEOs rated South Dakota as the 15th best state in which to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States for Business Survey.

TheBest & Worst States Survey gauges the sentiment of CEOs on a variety of measures that they themselves have viewed as critical. These include the tax and regulatory regime, the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the living environment. Five hundred CEOs participated in the 2014 survey. The rankings are crucial, as CEO sentiment drives investments in offices, factories and other facilities that bring jobs to a region.

Topping’s Best States for Retirement, CNBC says that North Dakota has a lot going for it, including a low cost of living, crime rate and taxes and quality healthcare. Home to Mount Rushmore, the cost of living is more than 18% lower than the national average, according to published reports.

“Low overhead for startups and ample expansion space are two points that make South Dakota attractive to businesses,” said Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive magazine and “There are a number of manufacturing industries that could do well there.”

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