Alabama Policy Institute Ranks Top “Business-Friendly” Cities of Alabama

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The Alabama Policy Institute (API), an independent, nonprofit research and education organization headquartered in Birmingham that focuses on state public policy issues, recently released its ranking of the top fifty “Business-Friendly” cities in Alabama. While Alabama clearly has the reputation for being a business-friendly state (witness the recent Airbus groundbreaking and Mercedes-Benz plant expansion), the API study looked closely at the 50 most populated cities in the state to rank them, based on four distinct factors: economic vitality, business tax burden, “community allure,” and transportation infrastructure. The latter two factors comprised 35 percent of the ranking, while economic vitality and business tax burden made up the largest portion of the rankings.