Florida came in second to Texas as having the best business climate in a new survey of corporate executives released Monday at the International Economic Development Council's annual conference. Texas easily trumped all comers, picked by 49.7 percent of 356 execs as having the best climate. Florida, with 18.1 percent of the vote, nudged out North Carolina, which has held the No. 2 spot for nearly a decade. Florida received high marks for its tax climate and "pro-business environment."
North Carolina and Georgia tied for third at 17.6 percent.
Conducted every three years, the survey by Development Counsellors International has tracked economic development trends since 1996.