By Nashville Business Journal

Tennesseeâ¿¿s economic development deals have landed it atop another magazineâ¿¿s list of top states for business.

Southern Business and Development magazine⿿s annual ⿿Top Deals and Hot Markets⿝ named Tennessee Co-state of the Year, along with Louisiana.

Nissanâ¿¿s decision to build the Nissan Leaf and its lithium-ion battery packs in Smryna also helped Tennessee win the Automotive and Green Economy Deal of the Year awards.

⿿We⿿ve worked hard to bring better-paying, high-skilled jobs to Tennessee, and this award reflects the success of our efforts,⿝ Gov. Phil Bredesen said in a news release.

The magazine looked at deals involving at least 200 jobs or $30 million in capital investment.

⿿The Volunteer State has landed several of the South⿿s largest and most prominent projects since 2006, including those announced by Volkswagen, Nissan, Dow Hemlock, Wacker Chemie and SAIC,⿝ writes Southern Business and Development⿿s Lee Burlett. ⿿Tennessee is also a Southern leader in recruiting renewable energy projects, specifically solar-related deals.⿝

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