Despite Presence of Massholes, It’s Great to Do Business in Massachusetts

In this year’s America’s Top States for Business poll, CNBC reported that two states improved their rankings by 12 places each. Massachusetts climbed from 28th to 16th place, and now it sits in first place in terms of access to capital and seventh place for technology and innovation, and education. It owes much of its success in this poll to its improving housing market and its diverse industrial base. However, it is still ranked 47th in terms of cost of doing business, which the poll weights heavily. It also ranks first in goofy accents and aggressive drivers, which the poll doesn’t weight at all. Delaware jumped from 43rd to 31st place this year and is ranked number one in terms of business friendliness. However its mediocre scores in technology and innovation, workforce and cost of living make this state fall somewhere in the middle this year. Still, Gov. Jack Markell’s plan “Start It Up Delaware” aims to bring together the financial, legal and real estate communities to assist young companies, so it’s possible Delaware is well on its way to jumping higher on the 2014 poll.

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