Do national business climate rankings affect the decisions your business makes?

RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 45, tied with Maine, on CNBC's America's Top States for Business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 45, tied with Maine, on CNBC's America's Top States for Business. Do rankings such as these affect your company's business plans? / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CBNC released its 2018 Top States for Business rankings July 10, and Rhode Island repeated its No. 45 showing from last year. Needless to say, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s political opponents quickly pointed to the state’s relatively poor showing as evidence of her poor economic leadership, although her staff had its own somewhat positive spin on the rankings.

Aside from fodder for conversation, do these rankings mean anything to you as you make decisions about your business, whether to grow or invest in the Ocean State? Or do you use your own experience as your guide for the future of your enterprise?

Do national business climate rankings affect the decisions your business makes?

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