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Mississippi a top 10 state for doing business

Area Development magazine has ranked the best states for doing business, and Mississippi has landed in the top 10:

No. 9 — Mississippi

Mississippi was ranked among the top five spots for its corporate tax environment and incentive programs, overall cost of doing business, and its business friendliness. The state also was #1 for labor costs and placed third (tied) for its overall labor climate.

A big reason is the state’s commitment to a skilled, mostly non-unionized, and plentiful work force. Mississippi provides quality work force training programs tailored to businesses, many developed with the help of the state’s colleges and universities. In fact, Mississippi has created “MissiON,” the $16 million Mississippi research network of expanded broadband technology systems supported by AT&T and designed to serve the state’s research universities and facilities.

“This network will transform our universities’ research capabilities and academic competitiveness on a global scale,” said Governor Haley Barbour. “Researchers will be able to share massive amounts of complex data quickly, enhancing their work in a variety of areas from medicine to manufacturing.”

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