Nevada Tops U.S. Chamber of Commerce Rankings List

State is first in export intensity growth, export growth; second in state, local tax burden and small business survival index; third in STEM job growth

Aug 22, 2011, 15:29 ET from Nevada Commission on Economic Development

CARSON CITY, Nev., Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nevada ranks high on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's recently released "Enterprising States: Recovery and Renewal for the 21st Century" report.

"To be ranked first in export intensity growth and export growth among other Western states like Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington is a real point of pride for our state," said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

The study, Enterprising States, focuses on what makes certain states attractive places to locate, relocate and expand in this uncertain economy; the unintended consequences of cutting certain items from a state budget; and what types of investments the public and private sectors can make now to improve the economy in the future.

"Ranking high on the U.S. Chamber list will help Nevada overcome negative perceptions that exist in the marketplace," said Michael Skaggs, executive director of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. "For example, ranking third in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job growth demonstrates that Nevada has a growing skilled workforce ready for business looking to relocate or expand in Nevada."

Nevada's place in the Rankings:


Export Intensity Growth


Export Growth


State and local tax burden


Small business survival index


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) job growth


Business birth rate


Business tax climate


Job placement efficiency


Entrepreneurial activity


Long term job growth


Gross state product growth


Growth in share of national exports

"Signs of increased economic activity are beginning to emerge," Sandoval said. "Having the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognize the variety of areas where Nevada excels bodes well for getting Nevadans back to work, attracting new businesses to the state, growing existing businesses and fulfilling opportunities to bring Nevada into its new economic reality."

The entire report can be found at:

About the Nevada Commission on Economic Development

The Nevada Commission on Economic Development promotes a robust, diversified and prosperous economy based on innovation, human ingenuity and sustainability.  This is achieved through programs including national and international Business Development, Community Development Block Grants, Procurement Outreach and the Nevada Film Office.  Visit or  call 800-336-1600.

SOURCE Nevada Commission on Economic Development