Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska moved up eight spots to 27th in the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s The 2017 State New Economy Index.

The ranking was Nebraska’s highest ever in the index, which measures “the extent to which state economies are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, IT-driven, and innovation-oriented.”

The state’s eight-pace improvement in the index since 2014 also tied with Tennessee for the biggest improvement among all the states.

Massachusetts ranked No. 1, as it has in all seven previous versions of the index. Mississippi came in last, its seventh time in that spot.

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