Wyoming

The state of Wyoming borders Colorado to the north.

Cheyenne, the state’s capital and most populous city, is just 50 miles north from the concentration of chip design found in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The majority of the state is dominated by the mountain ranges and rangelands of the Rocky Mountain West.

The tenth largest U.S. state by area, Wyoming is the least populous, with a U.S. Census estimated population of 544,270 in 2009.

Wyoming has one public four-year institution, the University of Wyoming in Laramie; approximately 65 miles from Fort Collins, Colorado.

Unlike most other states, Wyoming does not levy an individual or corporate income tax. In addition, Wyoming does not assess any tax on retirement income earned and received from another state. Wyoming has a state sales tax of 4%.

Personal property held for personal use is tax-exempt. Inventory if held for resale, pollution control equipment, cash, accounts receivable, stocks and bonds are also exempt.

In 2008 the Tax Foundation ranked Wyoming as having the single most "business friendly" tax climate of all 50 states. Wyoming state and local governments in fiscal year 2007 collected $2.242 billion in taxes, levies, and royalties from the oil and gas industry.

Diversification of Wyoming's economy, enhancement of energy research and attracting top-flight scientists and faculty to the University of Wyoming are among the benefits from a planned supercomputer center in southeast Wyoming.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is establishing $60 million supercomputer and data facility west of Cheyenne. Wyoming will become a magnet for researchers, professors, students and entrepreneurs who rely on and can benefit from access to one of the world's most powerful computers.

Interstate 25 enters the state from Colorado south of Cheyenne and runs north, intersecting transcontinental Interstate 80 in Cheyenne.

According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report, Wyoming’s gross state product was $27.4 billion

The mineral extraction industry and the travel and tourism sector are the main drivers behind Wyoming’s economy. The Federal government owns about 50% of its landmass, while 6% is controlled by the state.

Wyoming’s mineral commodities include coal, natural gas, coalbed methane, crude oil, uranium, and trona.

The University of Wyoming and General Electric announced a partnership making Wyoming coal viable for decades. The facility will be located in Cheyenne. A $100,000,000 - $120,000,000 coal gasification research center has the potential to open up new markets and provide a cleaner burning process. In other words, Wyoming had the foresight to invest in its own future.