Infrastructure makes Maryland 2021’s most-improved state for business

Baltimore Ravens employees wave Maryland flags in the stands at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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As an old state with aging roads and bridges, Maryland has struggled for years to bring its infrastructure into the 21st century. Or so it seemed.

It turns out that the century just needed to catch up with Maryland. Because while others were focused on traditional infrastructure components, Maryland was developing its broadband system and strengthening its power grid — both of which have taken on new importance these days.

That kind of forward thinking in the Old Line State catapults Maryland 19 places higher in CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business ranking. The state finishes No. 12 overall in 2021, as compared to No. 31 place in our previous study in 2019, making it this year’s most-improved state.

Maryland actually improved in eight of the study’s ten categories of competitiveness, only declining…

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