Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Louisiana No. 1 for the ninth consecutive year as the Southern state claiming the most economic development project wins per capita. The magazine tracked the most significant capital-investment and job-creation projects across the South, with states earning points for large employment projects (200 or more jobs) and large capital-investment projects ($30 million or more) attracted during 2016. Louisiana led the region with the most points-per-million people at 84.4, outperforming second-place South Carolina (80.6) and third-place Alabama (65.8). Texas was the overall points leader. South Carolina received the 2017 State of the Year designation.
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