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Six rankings indicating California's investment climate

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 25, 2019

Site Selection Magazine recently released its “State of the States” report, a guided tour of economic development laws, leaders, policies, indicators and projects from last year. The compendium includes six rankings for each state in the following (with California’s rank in parentheses):

  • (49th) Business Tax Climate
  • (1st)  Higher Education
  • (19th) National Career Readiness Certificates
  • (49th) Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate
  • (47th) Industrial Electricity Power Costs
  • (42nd) Fiscal Condition Index

These are some of the critical datapoints and indicators that drive specific site selection for companies looking to scale up long-term manufacturing across the country. The low rankings certainly play a role in California’s lag in the national manufacturing resurgence. There is no doubt we are highly successful at researching and developing and innovating products, with our tremendous University institutions, but we must make what innovate. It's time to improve California's business climate for long term manufacturing investment and to make way for the economic opportunites that come with those investments.

Link to California's report

Link to State of the States clearinghouse of 50 states





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Site Selection magazine wants survey responses on business friendliness

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 6, 2018

Site Selection Magazine is working on their annual piece ranking every state's business friendliness.  It's important for California manufacturers to help provide a picture of their challenges and benefits to operating in the state.  Your answers will remain anonymous but will go a long way in painting an accurate picture of what it's like to manufacture a product in California.  Please respond to Gary Daughters at Site Selection Magazine at gary.daughters@conway.com or 770-662-8950 if you can respond to some or all of the following questions:

  1. What part of the state are you in?
  2. What are two top attributes to your company’s location?
  3. What would you change about the business climate where you are?
  4. Has leaving California ever been an option for your company?
  5. How many people do you employ?
  6. What were your reasons for choosing to locate where you are?
  7. Would you be willing to participate in a telephone interview on the business climate where you are?




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New 2012 numbers show that California is still lagging the country in manufacturing investments

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on May 23, 2013

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California is not getting its fair share of manufacturing investment

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 19, 2012

In our efforts to monitor the manufacturing investment climate, we grabbed the country's investment numbers for 2011.  It looks like California continues to lose its fair share of investments to the rest of the country.

 





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CA among the worst in national manufacturing investment

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 16, 2012

California is still not receiving its fair share of national manufacturing growth.

Site Selection Magazine released its annual data last week for manufacturing facilities investment by state.  We asked them for the dollar amounts and then normalized those numbers for population and combined them with the previous four years to provide a five-year per capita investment window.  It shows that California is not at all prepared to receive and grow manufacturing investment for our hundreds of thousands of unemployed middle class workers.

The national average for per capita manufacturing investment was $2,073, while California only received $325 -- second lowest only to Connecticut.  California even slipped from last yea's four-year ranking three places.





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