by Rex Sinquefield Forbes.com Contributor
Anyone who doubts that state leaders are looking for ways to compete with their neighbors need not look any further than the state of Idaho.
Long a beacon for outdoorsmen, the state’s natural offerings are second to none. From the majestic beauty of Twin Falls, to kayaking and trout fishing on the Snake River, to world-class skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Just as impressive, the state now boasts 14 business incubators, rates number-one in the country for business patents, and was awarded an A+ rating for Small Business Friendliness (as well as named the seventh most inventive state) by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2013, the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index reported that competition is alive and well in the Potato State. Between 2008 and 2013, Idaho’s ALEC-Laffer ranking went from tenth to seventh.