Thursday, December 03, 1998
Second Publication Confirms Michigan's Rank as the Topthe in the Nation for Business SitesGovernor John Engler announced today that Michigan has again been recognized as the top state in the nation for attracting new business sites. Plants, Sites and Parks magazine ranked Michigan # 1 on their annual "Bizsites" list in their December issue. This is the first time Michigan has appeared on the list since the magazine began keeping the list seven years ago. "To be recognized even once as the nation's leader in economic development is great, but being recognized twice in the same year, by two different sources, confirms we've reached our goal-to be the best state in the country for business and the jobs that come with it," Engler said, noting the state's #1 ranking in February from another magazine. "Today's announcement confirms that our efforts to cut taxes and remove burdensome regulations are exactly what it takes to attract businesses and jobs to our great state." The Governor was joined at the press conference by Doug Rothwell, CEO and Department Director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, and Len Scaffidi, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Plants, Sites and Parks magazine. "For years, these lists featured North Carolina, or California, or Ohio, while Michigan was struggling to rebuild," Rothwell said. "But now, all the experts are concluding the same thing-that Michigan is not only back, but is now leading the way as the nation's hot business address." Plants Sites and Parks magazine, which is owned by BPI Communications and Billboard, has been in publication for 25 years and has a readership of 45,000 business leaders and consultants. The magazine annually gathers information from the fifty states on economic development projects. The magazine only counts those new locations, expansions or relocations that are built, announced or opened during the survey period (October 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998). The project must also meet one of the following criteria: 20,000 square feet or more; create at least 20 jobs; or a capital investment of $1 million or more. During the press conference Governor Engler presented Len Scaffidi with a gift of a crystal bowl, which will be etched with the names of the winners each year and passed to the state ranked number one on the magazines "Bizsites" list. "We've gotten used to having the Stanley Cup around our state for the last couple of years," Engler said. "In the spirit of that tradition, we've created the 'PS & P Hot Spots Bowl,' but since we are planning to be at the top of that list for the next several years, my prediction is that this bowl will be staying right here in Michigan."Michigan also made the magazine's "Readers Choice" list for the first time. Michigan ranked tenth on the list which is voted on by the readers of Plants, Sites and Parks.