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Slideshow: 2012 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Fall 2012)
Shown here are six of the recipients of Area Development's 2012 Gold and Silver awards, which were bestowed in recognition of the states' efforts to capture new facility and expansion projects that resulted in significant investment and job-creation. All told, 18 states were recognized for their efforts.

Utah (1 of 7)


Spencer P. Eccles, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Economic Development; Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert; and Dave Melcher, CEO, Exelis Inc. (L to R) are shown here with Utah's Gold Shovel award in the 3 million or fewer-population category. The Exelis project was also chosen as a 2011 Project of the Year.

Next: South Carolina

South Carolina (2 of 7)


South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley R. Haley shows off her state's 2012 Gold Shovel award in the in the 3+ to 5 million-population category.

Next: Tennessee

Tennessee (3 of 7)


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam accepts the Gold Shovel award in the 5+ to 9 million-population category.

Next: Kansas

Kansas (4 of 7)


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (left) and Secretary of Commerce Pat George pose with Kansas' Silver Shovel award in the 3 million or fewer-population category.

Next: Indiana

Indiana (5 of 7)


Indiana's Secretary of Commerce Dan Hasler poses with the state's 2012 Silver Shovel award in the 5+ to 9 million-population category.

Next: Kentucky

Kentucky (6 of 7)


Governor Steve Beshear accepts Kentucky's 2012 Silver Shovel award in the 3+ to 5 million-population category.

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