Best Stat for Business 2018

Virginia Named #4 Best State for Business

VIRGINIA’S NEW RIVER VALLEYForbes’s rankings are published for 2018 and Virginia is the number 4 best state for business.

Virginia moved up one spot from number 5 in 2017.

The ranking also puts Virginia as the number 1 state for quality of life and regulatory environment. The top 10 states feature locations all over the country.

Top 10 Best States for Business:

1. North Carolina
2. Utah
3. Texas
4. Virginia
5. Nebraska
6. Georgia
7. Florida
8. Colorado
9. Washington
10. Minnesota

The list is created by looking at cost of business, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects, quality of life, and population.

For more information, visit Forbes.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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