A study of U.S. corporate executives listed South Carolina as third in the nation for best business climate.  Texas and North Carolina topped the list.  California, New York, and Illinois bring up the rear.

Development Counselors International conducted the study, called “Winning Strategies for Economic Development Marketing.”  The study is conducted every three years.

Tops on the list of factors cited by survey respondents are low operating costs and a pro-business climate.

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