The 5th annual Gold and Silver Shovel awards were recently awarded to U.S. states to celebrate success in job creation and positive economic impact. The awards were given out by Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering site selection and facility planning. Silver Shovel awards are given to 10 states in three population categories. Michigan along with Texas and Florida received Silver Shovels in their 10 million population group.
The annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. New York received the top award, the Gold Shovel award.