WESTBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announces the recipients of the 2017 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards. This year, states in five population categories — Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky, and Mississippi — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2016 creating a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investment. Silver Shovels are being awarded to 16 other states in five population categories. Additionally, billion-dollar(s) projects, large job-creating projects (1,000+ jobs), and e-commerce (Amazon) projects are being distinguished as Projects of the Year.
Our Annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. The Gold Shovels are presented annually to the states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and company investment.
States are compared only to others in their population tier. This year, Silver Shovels are being awarded to California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas (12+ million); Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina (8+ to 12 million); Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee (5+ to 8 million); Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, Utah (3+ to 5 million population); and Kansas and Nevada (3 million or fewer population).
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 2016 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.
“The states and communities receiving 2017 Shovel Awards have compiled impressive lists of new and expanded facilities,” says Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “They have found the right recipe for success and deserve to be recognized for winning high-impact economic development projects.”
A report on the 2017 Shovel Award winners is published in the Q2/2017 issue of Area Development and posted online at www.areadevelopment.com/shovels.
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