Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
New Mexico is likely the most diverse state in the nation, and fortunately, we are geographically blessed. When companies are looking for a place to do business, I suggest they listen to the old saying, "It's all about location, location, location."
In New Mexico, we are currently exporting more products to more places than ever before. Just last year, in fact, we nearly doubled our exports to Mexico and shattered previous total export records. The U.S. Department of Commerce also identified New Mexico as leading the nation in export-related job growth.
This is the result of strategic international relationships we have built, coupled with bold economic reforms and our proximity to Mexico.
As we work to position New Mexico as a willing partner in our country's international trade efforts and as the key trade corridor for the movement of goods south of our border, we are seeing the benefits of engaging in the global marketplace. We have experienced 32 straight months of year-over-year total job growth for our strongest job gains since 2006. Furthermore, the mix of goods we export is diversifying dramatically, indicating new investment in New Mexico by companies looking to make their products here and send them elsewhere.
For a state that has been so dependent on the federal government for revenue and employment, these are positive signs of growth that point to diversification in our private sector.
This progress is made possible, in part, by our efforts to continually build confidence and trust with leaders across our border in Mexico. We are quickly positioning our state as a gateway of international trade throughout the Americas, and we are embracing our newly found leadership role, which wouldn't be possible without the cross-border relationships we've built.