Wednesday March 27, 2013 | 04:11 PM
Posted by Chris Hall

A friend of mine is attending a national business attraction conference this week.  To protect the innocent I'll spare you names and titles.  But check this out:

During a presentation by Ernst & Young, the national tax experts, one of their presenters showed a slide illustrating the results of the company's extensive study of state by state business tax climates.

Up on the screen at #1 - nationally - there's Maine.  I understand the room buzzed and the presenter was surprised that folks didn't know.  And by folks I mean some of the most influencial people in the country when it comes to locating business investment around the nation and the world.

The study is two years old.  When it came out in the spring of 2011 there was a story or two.  But in a few weeks the good news got old, and outside a few of our friends in the Maine development community, no one mentioned it again.

We gotta do better.

If you want to read all the nice things Ernst & Young has to say about Maine's business tax investment climate click here and use the link to the pdf of the full report.  You'll see that their research was expensive and comprehensive - no 'Forbes list' here.

And next time someone tells you that our business climate is ... errr ... bad, just remember what you read here today.

Maine is #1.  Tell a friend.  Spread the word.

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