An international real estate brokerage and consulting firm has ranked Wyoming fifth in the nation as one of the best places to do business in its annual study of pro-business states.

The Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 Pro-Business States of 2013 study looked at  job retention and creation to measure a state’s economic development prowess. Wyoming has ranked in the top 10 states since 2004, when the study began, a news release stated.

Mark Willis, Wyoming Business Council chief operating officer, said Wyoming’s ranking is a testament to its pro-business commitment.

“We’re proud of this ranking," Willis said. "It recognizes the hard work that the state and local entities have put in to creating an inviting business environment. Our economic development efforts have gained a lot of steam lately and we’re glad Wyoming was recognized again as a top place to do business.”

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