Ease of transportation is one of the things considered in ranking North Carolina as the second best business climate in the country. According to a recent survey done by development counselors international, North Carolina ranks behind Texas as the most desirable business climate. Executives cite a strong labor market, low operating costs, and a pro-business climate as the main influences on their rankings. Billy King of Wilmington Industrial Development says businesses can take advantage of those same qualities right here in the Cape Fear area. "I think our diversity in the size and the types of businesses that we help recruit and help expand has served our region very well," said King. The survey says the perception about a location's business climate often plays a crucial role in site selection, and where companies invest money and create jobs. For the last 10 years, North Carolina has ranked in the top five business climates.
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