CEO Survey finds Missouri is the most improved state for business

makethumbnail-aspxMissouri is the most improved state for business, according to a new survey by Chief Executive magazine. Missouri is ranked at No. 22, moving up nine spots from 2013, in the 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best and worst states for business.

Missouri was noted for its life-sciences victories, which helped boost the state to the top half in job growth last year. The magazine also recognized key Missouri companies including Emerson Electric, Monsanto and Express Scripts.

“States that reduce the burden of government and extend greater economic freedom tend to grow and expand more rapidly than those that do not,” said J.P. Donlon, Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine.

The annual survey, which had over 500 CEOs across the U.S. respond this year, asked business leaders to grade states they were familiar with on a variety of measures including tax and regulatory climates, the quality of the workforce and the quality of living environment.

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