State gets ‘Silver Shovel’ for economic development efforts

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, has named its 2013 Gold & Silver Shovel Award winners.

For the Silver Shovel Awards, the states are compared only to other states in their population tier. This year, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania are receiving Silver Shovels in the 10+ million population group; Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are being awarded Silver Shovels in the 5+ to 10 million category; Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina will receive Silver Shovels in the 3+ to 5 million category; and, Mississippi, North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia are being honored in the 3 million or fewer population group.

Each of the 50 states was invited by Area Development to submit information about its top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2012 were considered. The Shovel Awards are given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on number of high-valued added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.

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