Alabama Awarded Gold Shovel Recognizing Excellence In State Economic Development

areadevelopmentWESTBURY, N.Y., May 29, 2013Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announces the winners of the 2013 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards. This year, four states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas, — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2012 creating a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investment. Silver Shovels are being awarded to 15 other states in four population categories.

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 economic impact.

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.

“The states receiving 2013 Shovel Awards deserve special recognition for their efforts to attract new businesses and to help their existing corporate citizens to expand their businesses,” said Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “They have managed to thrive and emerge from the recession as economic leaders.”

A report on the 2013 Shovel Award winners will be published in the Q2/Spring 2013 issue of Area Development and posted online.

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