Posted on: March 7th, 2014
by Rex Sinquefield Forbes.com Contributor
Anyone who doubts that state leaders are looking for ways to compete with their neighbors need not look any further than the state of Idaho.
Long a beacon for outdoorsmen, the state’s natural offerings are second to none. From the majestic beauty of Twin Falls, to kayaking and trout fishing on the Snake River, to world-class skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Just as impressive, the state now boasts 14 business incubators, rates number-one in the country for business patents, and was awarded an A+ rating for Small Business Friendliness (as well as named the seventh most inventive state) by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2013, the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index reported that competition is alive and well in the Potato State. Between 2008 and 2013, Idaho’s ALEC-Laffer ranking went from tenth to seventh.