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Idaho Receives Area Development Magazine's 11th Annual Silver Shovel Award

Friday, June 17, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced the State of Idaho as a recipient of a 2016 Silver Shovel Award.

“This recognition is yet another positive sign that Idaho is leading the nation in business growth and bringing jobs and new economic opportunity to our Idaho citizens,” said Megan Ronk, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. “We look forward to continuing to work with industry and our local economic development partners throughout the state to continue to accelerate Idaho’s economy.”

The 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. States are compared only to others in their population tier.

Each of the 50 states was invited by Area Development to submit information about its Top 10 job creation and investment projects and only those projects that began to materialize in 2015 were considered. The Shovel Awards are given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on number of high-value-added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.

“The states and communities receiving 2016 Shovel Awards not only have the right combination of factors to attract and retain business,” says Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development, “they also display a pro-business attitude and are marketing savvy. They deserve to be recognized for winning high-impact economic development projects.”

A full report on the 2016 Shovel Award winners is published in the Q2/2016 issue of Area Development and posted online at

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