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Report: Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics’ declines in innovation

Kentucky maintains high grades for manufacturing and logistics, says the 2018  Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released today by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana.

Kentucky improved from “C” to “B-” in its Benefits Costs and “D” to “D+” in its Tax Climate grades. The state maintained grade of “A” in Manufacturing, Logistics, and Global Position; “C” in Diversification; “D” in Human Capital; and “F” in Liability Gap. Kentucky declined from “C” to “D+” in its Productivity and Innovation grade.

Kentucky experienced a relative decline in health care premiums between 2015 and 2016, the report said.

“U.S. manufacturing and logistics are in a remarkable period of expansion,” said CBER Director Michael Hicks, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business Research.

The report, released at the Conexus Indiana breakfast event co-hosted with the Indianapolis Business Journal titled, “Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics: Indiana’s Innovation Economy – Exploring Transportation Megatrends”, features an annual scorecard comparison of advanced manufacturing and logistics health among U.S. states.

The 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card was written by Hicks and Srikant Devaraj, CBER’s research assistant professor. The reports can be downloaded from the CBER website at http://conexus.cberdata.org/.

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