Melinda L. Baran: On to No. 1 in business

July 5, 2014 

Rob Christensen’s June 29 column noted CNBC’s 2014 ranking of North Carolina as the fifth-best state for business behind Georgia, Texas, Utah and Nebraska. The survey used 51 metrics developed by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. He wrote, “This would be somewhat more impressive if CNBC had not ranked North Carolina fourth in the country in its 2012 survey when Democrat Bev Perdue was governor. Or No. 3 in its 2011 survey, also under Perdue. Of course at the time, Republicans dismissed CNBC’s survey and similar ones as liberally biased.”

I looked to see what our 2013 rank was. We were No. 12. This year we are No. 5. What happened in our economy between 2013 and today? Why did North Carolina fall so far so fast after Perdue left office – and then climb back so quickly under Gov. Pat McCrory? I suggest giving McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, Speaker Thom Tillis and all our legislators their due. North Carolina is rising again. And for the sake of every hard-working citizen, I hope we will be celebrated as the “No. 1 Business State” next year and beyond.

Melinda L. Baran, Cary

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