For the second year in a row, North Carolina has ranked as the top state in the Southeast for attracting new industrial plants. The state also ranked third nationally, up two spots from last year, according to Site Selection magazine's annual Governor's Cup ranking. The magazine's tracking of new corporate plant locations, released in its March edition, listed two North Carolina regions as leading the nation in their category. The Mooresville/Statesville area was named the top rural region. Meanwhile, the Greensboro/High Point area ranked top in attracting industrial plants among areas with populations ranging from 200,000 to 1 million. "North Carolina leads the region and nation in plant expansions and attracting new business," Gov. Mike Easley said. "This ranking is further proof that new and expanding companies are finding there is no better place to live, work and raise a family."