Quite possibly the most boring-sounding magazine ever, Business Facilities is under the impression that "the Great Recession is behind us," and that Kansas is among the states that will lead America into its next era of economic growth.
Obviously, the folks at Business Facilities either have it in their best interest to lie about the end of the recession, or happen to share office space with High Times. But here's hoping they weren't totally blazed when they analyzed which states are best positioned to lead the (eventual) recovery.
The magazine, a trade pub that covers commercial real estate and business locations, just unveiled its annual rankings, which grade states in economic-development potential, tax-friendliness, business climate and other categories. It does not take into consideration the location and prevalence of strip clubs -- although judging by Missouri's performance (and the new ban on boobies), you wonder if they factored it in without telling anyone.
First, though, the good news: Kansas placed in the top five or 10 in eight of the 20 categories, joining the Carolinas, California and other states among the big winners. The state's best showings were in quality of life, wind-energy manufacturing and education climate, ranking third in each. It also scored well in biotech strength (fifth), overall employment (fifth), overall economic-growth potential (10th), biofuels manufacturing research (10th), and alternative energy (10th).
Missouri, on the other hand, is a really swell place to be out of work.
While the state ranked fifth in quality of life, it didn't show up anywhere else in the report -- which probably explains why Kansas is finding it so easy to poach businesses from the other side of the border.
I'd say we should build a fence to protect Missouri's businesses, but we'd probably need some engineers from Kansas to design it. (And you thought that joke only worked with Mexicans.)