Governor Branstad launches Twitter program to claim top state status
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Governor Terry Branstad is hoping to come out on top of in a competition to be the top state on Twitter.
The "Top States Twitter Battle" is sponsored by CNBC. Governor Branstad is hoping people will use the hashtag #TopStatesIA on the social networking site to help promote Iowa as a great place to do business.
The CNBC "Top States for Doing Business" is an annual, 50-state competition launched in 2007. States compete in ten categories for the bragging rights that come with taking the top spot. In the past five years, Virginia and Texas have competed for the number one and number two spots. In 2011, Iowa was ranked ninth overall, tying with Arkansas for the top spot in the Cost of Business category. The state was also number one in the rankings for Cost of Business in 2010.
As part of the competition, the governor also made a YouTube video promoting Iowa's business atmosphere.
"We are excited to launch this promotional campaign, because Iowa has dedicated, hard-working people and some of the best employers in the country," said Governor Branstad in a statement. "We intend to highlight Iowa's benefits through this video, and through our Twitter account."
To help with the effort, Twitter users should compose a tweet including #TopStatesIA in the message body. The winning state will be revealed on Tuesday, July 10th.
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