Ohio has finished fourth for the second straight year in an annual ranking of states based on business friendliness.
Georgia came in first for the sixth consecutive year in the Site Selection magazine report followed by North Carolina and Texas.
Ohio ranked third in 2016, seventh in 2015 and fifth in 2014.
“Site Selection’s consistent ranking of Ohio as a top-five state for business climate shows companies can invest here with confidence. Along with our state and local partners, we will continue to share with job creators how Ohio’s business-friendly environment can help them succeed and grow here,” said Matt Englehart, spokesman for JobsOhio, the state’s nonprofit economic-development company.
Half of Site Selection’s ranking is based on a survey of corporate site selectors, who are asked to rank the states they deem the most business-friendly. Ohio finished 11th in that category.
The other half comes from an index of seven criteria that accounts for such things as state tax burden on companies to the number of new projects in Ohio.
Ohio’s best score was second for total number of projects in 2017.