Florida ranks second among the 50 states for having the best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual conference.
Texas ranked first, Georgia ranked third, followed by South Carolina and North Carolina, respectively.
Conducted by the Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996.
Florida is in the No. 2 spot with 22 percent of the respondents naming it as the state with having the most favorable business climate.
Respondents who named Florida mentioned the state’s pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and its strategic location.
For most of its history, St. Johns County was essentially rural; its primary economic drivers being agriculture, tourism, and retail, with only a handful of major employers outside of the education, medical, and governmental sectors.
In recent years, its quality of life and a superior public school dis- trict began to lure families to the county. St. Johns County has been ranked Florida’s Healthiest County for the 6th straight year based on access to recreational amenities and health care options, among other factors.
The data, from finance site WalletHub, ranks St. Augustine as the #2 best beach town for quality of life.
“To visitors, it may be better known as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the country, but St. Augustine also offers its residents all of the elements that make living well easy: Think a spectacular waterfront setting, a large selection of beaches, a lovely harbor, and (of course) plenty of history to explore.”