Mississippi Wins Gold Shovel Award

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

Governor Phil Bryant announced the award on Thursday morning at the Neshoba County Fair. 

Area Development magazine’s Gold Shovel Award shines the spotlight on Mississippi’s supportive business climate and skilled workforce, while demonstrating to the world we are committed to the economic development of communities throughout the state,” Governor Bryant said.

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.

“Governor Bryant’s economic development leadership with the Legislature and teammates across Mississippi promotes innovation and creates advantages for the state’s business climate and workforce. This enables companies which call Mississippi home to win in today’s global economy,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.

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.

To view a complete list of the 2017 Shovel Award winners, visit www.areadevelopment.com/awards.

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