With all the prep for the Real Show, I’ve been letting the updates slip. Time to catch up.

The big news is that Forbes has ranked Virginia the number-one state for business. We had been #2 since 2009.

This contrasts (or contradicts) the CNBC ranking from earlier this year that had us slip to #5.

Here’s part of what Forbes had to say:

Virginia ranks first among the states in the regulatory category because of its business-friendly government policies and strong incentive offerings. The tort system is one of the best in the country for businesses [...]Virginia is also one of 24 right-to-work states, which explains why only 4.4% of its workers are in unions – fifth lowest in the U.S.