North Dakota-New Mexico-Virginia 2015
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- North Dakota: Oil and gas extraction have transformed North Dakota. During the 1990s, the population declined as young Dakotans left for college and out-of-state job opportunities. Subsequently, the development of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shifted the state’s economic fortunes. In 2014, North Dakota enjoyed the largest growth in gross domestic product (GDP) and the lowest unemployment rate of any state in the nation, although the economic tides are turning once again.
- New Mexico: New Mexico brings together a proud Spanish and Native American heritage that can be felt throughout the state. It is home to one of the oldest continuously settled communities in North America, the Taos Pueblo. It is a land with nearly untouched ski areas, a place that treasures old values and traditions—and a region poised for growth.
- Virginia: Virginia is a state brimming with global opportunity. Its proximity to Washington, D.C., top colleges and universities, a thriving economy, and pro-business climate have attracted workers, students, investors, and corporations from all over the world.