Another week, another look at the US and how individual states line up when it comes to promoting entrepreneurial growth. Last week, we highlighted the State New Economy Index from ITIF that showed Massachusetts on top of the list of states that adapt to continual economic evolution. The week before that, the latest Small Business Friendliness survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation handed out A+ grades to Utah, Idaho and Texas.
This week? It’s North Dakota's turn to shine.
The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s latest in the Enterprising States series explores state-level data across 33 metrics that measure overall economic performance, along with performance in ﬁve policy areas for job growth and economic health. North Dakota tops the list for overall economic performance based on a booming oil industry and blue collar job growth — but it also scores points for a high percentage of educated young talent, a top 10 business climate and adding more STEM jobs faster than any other state in the country.
The report emphasizes the differences between states — and the increasing gap “between the skills companies need to drive growth and innovation versus the skills that actually exist within their organizations and in the labor market.” The authors identify a collection of state-driven strategies to promote job creation in five key policy areas:
Within the "Technology & Entrepreneurship" category, the report mentions several approaches that are being used by states to address their unique challenges, including:
Other recommendations and rankings are available through a state-level interactive map or a download of the full report.
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