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Virginia’s stable economic climate and skilled workforce, combined with the state’s strong incentive offerings and business-friendly government policies, keep it on top of the leader board for Best Places For Business. Recent rankings include:

#1 State for a Higher Education
SmartAsset.com (2017)

#1 Fishersville Ranked Best Place to Buy First-Time Home in Virginia (Stuarts Draft Ranked #6)
Nerdwallet.com (2015)

#1 State with Highest Quality of Life in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast
Forbes (2015)

#1 State for Regulatory Environment
Forbes (2015)

#1 Best State School System in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast
Wallet Hub (2014)

#1 Best State for Business
Forbes.com (2013)

#1 State with Highest Concentration of Tech Workers as a percentage of the private sector workforce
Cyberstates (2013)

#2 State Labor Supply
Forbes (2015)

#2 Best State for Making a Living
Money-Rates.com (2013)

#2 Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations list for 2014
Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. (2014).

#2 Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations list for 2014
American Economic Development Institute (2014).

#3 Top States for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising States Report (2013)

#4 Augusta County ranked one of the smartest localities in VA for mortgages
SmartAsset (2016).

#4 Best State to Make a Living
Forbes (2015)

#4 Most Business-Friendly State
Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. (2013)

#4 Total High-Tech Employment
Cyberstates (2013)

#4 Best Overall Education System, Education Week
Quality Counts (2013)

#5 State with Highest Concentration of STEM Jobs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising States Study (2013)

#5 Best State Quality of Life
Forbes (2015)

#5 High-Tech Average Wage
Cyberstates (2013)

#5 Best Business Climate
Business Facilities (2013)

#5 Lowest Percentage of Workers Covered by Unions
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012)

#5 Most Educated Workforce (Skilled)
The State New Economy Index (2012)

#6 Top Ten States
Site Selection Prosperity Cup (2017)

#29 Best 100 Towns in Virginia for Small Businesses (Fishersville)
Lendedu.com (2017)

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