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Mississippi wins Gold Shovel Award

Mississippi has received a 2017 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. The Gold Shovel signifies substantial economic development achievement in the state.

Area Development is a leading economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning.

The Shovel Awards are presented to state economic development agencies that demonstrate significant economic development success. Criteria include the number of high-value added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities and industry diversity.

All 50 states were invited to submit their top-10 job-creation and investment projects for 2016. Mississippi’s submissions included Continental Tire’s manufacturing plant in Hinds County, Southern Motion’s expansion in Baldwyn, Niagara Bottling’s new plant in Marshall County, Premium Waters’ new plant in Hinds County, BPI’s new location in Olive Branch, BMSI’s new location in Burnsville and Delta Furniture’s expansion into Houlka.

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