Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

Around the world, prestigious business publications, and organizations recognize Pennsylvania as the state to do business.

Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

The following list captures just some of the recent recognition, awards, and rankings that have been earned by the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is a game-changer state, read more about some of our most successful projects.

2016 Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: State Rankings

2016 CiCi Award WinnersThe Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report features the best of the best in several categories scrutinized by investors, site selectors, business owners, and other key economic development professionals. Pennsylvania claimed five spots on the top 10 lists, including a No. 5 ranking in Infrastructure Upgrades, demonstrating that the state’s vast infrastructure assets — including ports, airports, rail, fiber networks, and energy transportation networks — are keeping business moving. The state also received the following rankings:

  • No. 6 in STEM Leaders, boasting high employment totals for STEM-oriented jobs
  • No. 6 in Top Manufacturing States, highlighting employment totals for manufacturing jobs
  • No. 7 in Biotechnology, offering support and assistance to biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies and startups
  • No. 10 in Exports, securing one of the highest number of exports in 2015.
To read more about the 2016 Business Facilities State Rankings Report, visit
2016 CiCi Awards: Community Impact
SBA State Trade and Export Promotion Grant 2015
2015 Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year” award for the Northeast Region for Bridges Replacement Project
Global Free Zones of the Year 2015
2015 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development
IEDC Silver Award for Responding to Globalization – 2015
Winner of 2014 President’s E*Star Award for Exporting Services – 2015
Winner of 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries
Winner of President’s "E" Award for Exporting Services – 2011
Site Selection recognizes PA as #1 in new and expansion projects in the Northeast
Energy Program Recognized by Business Facilities 2015 Economic Development Award
Philly Ranks 6th in Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters
PA Ranks 3rd in several key Biotech & Clean Energy categories
PA Earns Bronze- Deal of the Year 2014
PA ranks 6th in U.S. for attracting private investment in clean energy
PA 3rd in U.S. For Private Equity Investment
Silver Shovel Award (2014)
Governor’s Cup (2013): #1 in NorthEast
Silver Shovel Award (2013)
Trade and Industry Development CiCi Award (2013)
PA ranked #1 in 2013 for Issuance of Industrial Development Bonds
National Venture Capital Association Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments (2013)
#5 for Life Sciences Cluster Report (2013)
#7 for Tech Employment (2013)
MarketWatch Top Cities for Business Growth (2013)
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