The results aren't always obvious to the casual observer.
But West Virginia's Commerce Secretary says efforts by West Virginia government in the past two decades have made the Mountain State a better place for business.
Keith Burdette, a former state senate president, told the Parkersburg Rotary Club Monday that 20 years ago, the state began addressing its debts...including workers compensation costs.
That, he says, has resulted in a gradual reduction in taxes-and more interest in the state from businesses.
" We're one of the few states who didn't borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits; our bond ratings are improving," Burdette said. "Those are all important components of an improving business climate, and it helps us attract business investments to the state."
Burdette added the state continues its ongoing efforts to attract a "cracker" plant.
While a company last year decided to locate one in Pennsylvania, Burdette is confident there are still opportunities for other facilities like it.