Vol. 6, Issue 2
KANSAS Wins the GOLD!
Area Development, a leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, has announced its 2013 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards, naming Kansas a Gold Shovel recipient. Three other states were awarded Gold Shovel Awards, and 15 won Silver Shovel Awards.
Area Development’s Annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. The Gold Shovels are presented annually to the states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and economic impact.
Kansas Ranks Among Most Friendly States for Small Business
For the second consecutive year, Kansas has received high marks in Thumbtack.com’s Small Business Survey. Kansas received an overall grade of an “A” for Small Business Friendliness, up from an “A-” in 2012. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.
The rankings were released by Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as part of its second annual Small Business Survey. The survey is based on data gathered from an extensive, nationwide group of small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. (read on)
Kansas Exports Increased to $11.66 billion
Exporting in Kansas increased slightly to $11.66 billion in 2012, according to data released by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports have grown by more than $1.75 billion since 2010. The largest gains occurred in oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants (257 percent), mineral fuel (102 percent) and industrial machinery (12 percent). The top 10 industries accounted for 74.2 percent of the state’s exports. Canada, Mexico, China and Japan were the state’s top four export markets. Exports to China increased by 70.6 percent since 2011, the largest increase for any country in the top ten markets. China has moved from the fifth largest export market for Kansas in 2010 to third place. (read on)