The first involves taxation.
"For several years in a row, Missouri has ranked very favorably on business climate when it comes to taxes and really, how taxes are applied," explained Joplin Chamber President Rob O'Brian.
The other 'A' grade came in the category of economic diversity, which O'Brian says helps insulate the state as well as local economy from major downturns if one or two major employers have to lay off workers or close altogether.
"We see that here in the Joplin metro area, manufacturing is still for example, the top employment sector but it's a very diverse array of companies," O'Brian added.
O'Brian says the two factors help create a stable and therefore attractive place for existing businesses to expand and attract new ones.
And he says a well trained workforce will make the area even more enticing for business in the future.
"That's one of the reasons we've been working with Crowder College, the WIB, the City of Joplin to create the advance training center in downtown Joplin to do both entry level skills in some arenas, but then some very high end skills on the manufacturing side," said O'Brian.
Arkansas was the only other state in our area to receive an 'A' grade, and that was in the category of worker benefit cost.
If you'd like to see the rankings for each category, click here.