Bivins discusses the sixteen counties that comprise the North Carolina Northeast Partnership. The region extends from the Outer Banks westward to Halifax County and southward to Beaufort and Hyde counties. SITE SELECTION magazine named the area one of the top ten economic development organizations in the nation. While the area is historically significant, it generally has not prospered through the years because of its agrarian landscape, sparsely populated communities, and sheer remoteness from the rest of the state. With improving infrastructure, transportation upgrades, Internet access, and expanding agribusiness and commercial investments, the area is seen as a region on the rise.