Southern Business & Development, a leading publication covering economic development in the American South, announced that North Carolina has been named the “2012 State of the Year.” North Carolina also received this accolade in 2005 and 2006. “This recognition is further proof that North Carolina is a great place to start or grow a business,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. Southern Business & Development joins the list of publications that have recently recognized the state’s successful business recruitment efforts. CNBC, Forbes, Site Selection and Chief Executive have all ranked North Carolina as one of the best states to do business. For more information about the accolades North Carolina has received as a great place to do business, please visit: http://thrivenc.com/whync/accolades. Noted for its diverse economy, North Carolina landed projects in nearly every industry sector, including furniture, data centers, headquarters, financial services, health care, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, biotech, and automotive. In addition to the state’s top ranking, Charlotte was named the 2012 Major Market of the Year and Greensboro-High Point garnered the top spot in the Mid-Market category.