Amazon's new spheres take shape in downtown Seattle, part of the state's big building boomSuperlatives can only do so much. Sometimes it takes a national news magazine to capture the very essence of Washington’s competitive strengths, from our diversified industries and cross-collaboration between businesses to our investments in STEM and higher education, building new infrastructure and encouraging entrepreneurship in cities large and small.

While the Puget Sound area continues to be a hotspot for information and communication technology, other parts of the state are also enjoying new economic growth, often in unexpected ways, such as big data or aircraft maintenance and testing where agriculture once dominated the landscape.

Check out U.S. News & World Report’s story on what is driving Washington’s economy and why businesses worldwide should be considering the state as a place to grow, invest or do business with.