Located in the southwest part of the United States, New Mexico is a state with both indigenous traditions as well as forward looking economy. Apart from many professional and business opportunities, New Mexico also offers a wealth of cultural and historical treasures which makes this Land of Enchantment one of the foremost choices for romantic adventures.
Meet the Energy Barons
One of the most important sectors of New Mexico’s economy is energy. This is because the land of the state is rich in fossil fuel and alternative energy resources. The San Juan Basin Gas Area is the largest field of proved natural gas reserves in the United States New Mexico also contains major coal deposits in the northwest corner of the State. Nine tenths of electricity production in the State is from coal-fired plants. Much of New Mexico's geologically-active Rocky Mountain region holds geothermal power potential, and pockets of the State are suitable for wind power development. New Mexico's southern deserts offer the State's most concentrated solar power potential. So if you want to meet the richest men in the state, look out for oil barons, wealthy industrialists and company executives of the energy companies at the convention centers, business conferences or luxury hotels of major cities like Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The in downtown areas as well as central business districts of these cities are bound to be buzzing with successful professionals and businessmen associated with the energy sector.
Get to know the government guys
Federal government spending is a major driver of the New Mexico economy. In 2005 the federal government spent $2.03 on New Mexico for every dollar of tax revenue collected from the state. This rate of return is higher than any other state in the Union1. The federal government is also a major employer in New Mexico providing more than a quarter of the state's jobs. And while guys working for the government may not bring home the kind of inflated paychecks that the corporate honchos do, those of them working in the upper rungs often have access to several perks and privileges that more than make up for the relatively fewer number of zeros in the monthly paycheck. So if you are wondering where to meet these guys, a couple of ideas would be to explore cities like Santa Fe County home to New Mexico Army National Guard Headquarters as well as Rio Rancho in Sandoval county where the National Guard Armory is located. Apart from the National Guard, New Mexico has a New Mexico State Defense Force. Other federal installations include national observatories and the technology labs of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). SNL conducts electronic and industrial research on Kirtland AFB, on the southeast side of Albuquerque. These installations also include the missile and spacecraft proving grounds at White Sands. Other federal agencies such as the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the United States Bureau of Land Management are a big part of the state's rural employment base.
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Men in Uniform
Apart from powerful federal employees, in New Mexico you also stand a high chance of making the acquaintance of officers in the military, particularly the Air Force. The state hosts three air force bases (Kirtland Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base, and Cannon Air Force Base); a testing range (White Sands Missile Range); and an army proving ground and maneuver range (Fort Bliss – McGregor Range). And even though the military paycheck may not be comparable with the ones in the corporate life, the lifestyle perks and the glamour of the uniform may be equally strong points of attraction. So make it a point to keep your social calendar free for the officers’ functions and social events that may be hosted in the various New Mexico Air Force stations from time to time and if you are lucky, you might have several handsome officers to give you company.
Honchos of the Hospitality Sector
Blessed with open vistas, high altitude and unique weather patterns, New Mexico is a popular destination for vacationers from all over the country looking to escape to a pleasant getaway in the midst of their busy lives. In recent times, tourism has emerged as a driving force for New Mexico’s economy, generating $1.2 billion in taxes in 2011, with $565 million accruing to state and local governments. 85,766 jobs were sustained by visitors to the state of New Mexico last year with total income of $2.1 billion. Visitors to the state of New Mexico spent $5.5 billion in 2011, which generated $7.8 billion in total business sales, including Indirect and induced impacts2. Carlsbad Caverns, the Wild West, ancient pueblos and the Santa Fe Trail are just a few of the reasons visitors flock to visit New Mexico. Spicy food, turquoise jewelry and weaving are part of a strong American Indian culture that remains in mosaic New Mexico. Hiking, backpacking, and camping are popular in Gila National Forest. The warm, semiarid climate of the state has also contributed to its increasing popularity as a retirement haven, particularly around Albuquerque. Since the end of World War II, the city has gained an ever-growing number of retirees, especially among armed forces veterans and government workers. It is also increasingly gaining notice as a health-conscious community, and contains many hospitals and a high per capita number of massage and alternative therapists. Thus if you are looking to meet successful singles in New Mexico, zoom in on those who belong to the tourism and hospitality industry. They could range from owners of hotels, resorts and travel agencies to interpreters, chefs, guides and adventure sports professionals who make a good living from tourism. Apart from visiting the major tourist destinations in the state, don’t forget to frequent travel conventions and tourism workshops if you want to meet the real movers and shakers of the industry.
What better way for a single and successful executive to de-stress than to take a day off at the spa? Thus if you pay a visit to a luxury resort that offers exotic massages and relaxing treatments and you may come across someone rich and available. New Mexico offers an array of both public and secluded hot springs and some of these are the main attraction of luxury spas. There are beautiful springs at the end of a long hike in the wilderness, lovely gems that are only a short hike, and resorts that run the gamut from rustic to luxurious. The Hot Springs of Gila Wilderness Area are especially popular with visitors and apart from the Gila springs include Melanie Hot springs, Light Feather Hot Springs, Turkey Hot Springs, Jordan and San Francisco Hot Springs. The northern part of the state too has several lovely thermal springs along the Upper Rio Grande which include Black Rock Hot Springs, Stagecoach Hot Springs and Montezuma Hot Springs. If you really want to up the intimacy, try San Antonio Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. This is located around a series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Other hot springs of the Jemez Mountains are McCauley Hot Springs, Soda Dam and Spence Hot Springs. Some of these hot springs are clothing optional while some require bathing suits – so before you head out to your chosen destination, make sure you are aware of the clothing requirements.
Frequent Upscale Hangouts
One of the best ways of meeting successful singles is to head to places where they hang out to socialize. Thus upscale bars and pubs in the biggest cities of New Mexico like Albuquerque and Santa Fe are likely to put you in touch with the well-heeled single men of the state. The Ibiza is a rooftop club and lounge located within the historic Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, offering live musical entertainment, multiple seating areas and Valet parking along with a comprehensive tapas menu. Graham Central Station is an all inclusive nightlife entertainment hotspot in the city which includes as many as four complete club venues. The One Up Elevated Lounge is another popular hangout of the swish set for its warm, modern décor reminiscent of a coffee house, a patio area, a billiards lounge, floor to ceiling views of Albuquerque and a mix of live performances and popular DJ's. In Santa Fe you are likely to find the rich and beautiful of the city frequenting places like the sedate and expensive Coyote Café, the swanky dance club Swig or the classy Santa Fe Opera House.