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Virginia Receives Another Accolade

Anita Kumar

The accolades keep coming.

Tim Kaine (and Mark Warner before him) loves to tell people about all the various awards, rankings and compliments the state has received on his watch. He just got one more reason to gloat.

Virginia was ranked among the "Five Best States to Start a Business" by U.S. News & World Report this week.

"The latest accolades accorded the commonwealth demonstrate that Virginia remains a power player among business-friendly states," Kaine said. "As we work to get our economy back on track, it's great to be recognized for continuing to attract innovative businesses to Virginia."

The magazine said Virginia "mixes the highly educated workforce and technological sophistication'" and is known for its low taxes. "This state boasts the highest number of information technology jobs in non-IT industries as a total share of jobs, which indicates that Virginia's businesses are more technologically advanced than businesses in other states."

Last month, Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc., a top U.S. corporate site relocation expert, ranked Virginia first in its annual study of pro-business states, marking the third time for the third time overall.

Virginia has been recognized as the most business-friendly state six times since Kaine became governor. It has been recognized as the most business-friendly state in America (Forbes.com 2006-2008), one of the best states for business (CNBC 2007 and 2008), the top-performing state government in America (Governing Magazine 2008) and the state where "a child is most likely to have a successful life (Education Week 2007)."

Now, Kaine is looking to use those rankings to help a new slate of Democrats get elected.

"We can continue to build upon the good works of the last eight years by electing the 2009 Democratic ticket of Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner, and Steve Shannon,'' David Brooks, executive director of Kaine's PAC, Moving Virginia Forward, wrote in an email to supporters today outlining the latest accolades. "These remarkable public servants are committed to the pragmatic, results-oriented style of governance that has won Virginia national recognition."

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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