Cost of Doing Business

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Each year, the Rose Institute publishes the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey, a comprehensive economic analysis of more than 400 cities across the United States.  The survey presents detailed information about fees, taxes, and business incentives for each city, then issues an overall cost rating.  This information is used by both business owners considering relocation and cities hoping to promote economic development.  A number of business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, frequently cite the report as a reliable indicator of municipal economic climate.

  • How do these cities stack up?
    • Individual city profiles, easy-to-read charts, and Geographic Information System (GIS) maps help you make rapid cost comparisons between multiple cities
  • Is this city willing to work with me?
    • Find out what economic incentives, special zones, and customized programs cities have in place to attract your business
  • Does this city have what I need?
    • Each city profile includes important up-to-date information about population, electric distributors, notable business endeavors, freeways, airports, and rail service
  • How much is it going to cost me to do business in this city?
    • Comprehensive information regarding business license fees, utility taxes, property tax, sales tax, transient occupancy tax, parking tax, documentary transfer tax, and development impact fees all in one place