Jeff EdwardsYou likely know that Utah has ranked 1st for four consecutive years in Pollina Corporate's Top 10 Pro Business States. But unless you read Pollina's entire 81-page report on its ranking of the top 10 states, you missed some fascinating excerpts:

"A true success story under Gov. Gary Herbert’s leadership, #1 Utah has held the top position for the fourth year in a row. In 2005, Utah ranked #23 and by 2012 it ranked #1, moving up in rank 22 places in only seven years. 

 

"Utah is a great example of what enlightened and motivated political leadership can accomplish across multiple administrations with a solid plan. Utah has been a consistent national leader when it comes to being pro-business and shows no signs of slowing down any time in the future with low taxes, an excellent workforce and a top notch economic development agency. 

 

"Considerable credit for achieving the #1 rank and holding for four consecutive years must be given to the highly-regarded Economic Development Corporation of Utah."

This excerpt sums up everything about the state quite succinctly:

"Gov. Herbert and his administration should be commended for their efforts to remain competitive in this highly competitive region, as they have clearly worked consistently over time to preserve the tools that Utah needs to remain the most pro-business state in the country. Utah ranked #1 in Stage I, Labor, Taxes and Other Factors, and scored highly in High School Completion (A), College Completion (B), Unemployment Rate (A) and Workers Compensation (A)."

It's gratifying to have an organization like Pollina Corporate sing Utah's praises and it confirms what we tell business leaders and site selectors all of the time: Utah truly is the best state to do business.

On another note, congratulations to Marsh & McLennan Companies on its 30th anniversary of doing business in Utah. We appreciate Marsh for its support to economic development and we are excited to see the company reach this milestone.