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Slideshow: 2014 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Shown here are 12 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2014 Gold & 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, 20 states were recognized for their efforts.

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Slideshow2014 Gold & Silver Shovel Award Recipients Texas Governor Rick Perry is joined by members of his
office’s Economic Development and Tourism department to celebrate the state’s latest Gold Shovel award.
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  • Figure 1: Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille holds the Silver Shovel award. He’s joined by Bentley Story (far right), director of Business Development, and other BD team members. Figure 1: Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Grant Tennille holds the Silver Shovel award. He’s joined by Bentley Story (far right), director of Business Development, and other BD team members.
  • Figure 2: Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal proudly displays the state’s Gold Shovel award. He’s joined by Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr (right) and Deputy  Commissioner of Global Commerce Tom Croteau (left). Figure 2: Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal proudly displays the state’s Gold Shovel award. He’s joined by Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr (right) and Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce Tom Croteau (left).
  • Figure 3: New York’s Silver Shovel award is held by Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development’s president, CEO, and commissioner. Figure 3: New York’s Silver Shovel award is held by Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development’s president, CEO, and commissioner.
  • Figure 4: Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith poses with the state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 4: Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith poses with the state’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 5: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear lifts the state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 5: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear lifts the state’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 6: Mississippi’s Silver Shovel award is raised by Governor Phil Bryant. Figure 6: Mississippi’s Silver Shovel award is raised by Governor Phil Bryant.
  • Figure 7: Texas Governor Rick Perry is joined by members of his office’s Economic Development and Tourism department to celebrate the state’s latest Gold Shovel award. Figure 7: Texas Governor Rick Perry is joined by members of his office’s Economic Development and Tourism department to celebrate the state’s latest Gold Shovel award.
  • Figure 8: Director Mike Downing of the Missouri Department of Economic Development holds the state’s Gold Shovel award. He is pictured with team members, who helped the state earn this award. Figure 8: Director Mike Downing of the Missouri Department of Economic Development holds the state’s Gold Shovel award. He is pictured with team members, who helped the state earn this award.
  • Figure 9: John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, lifts the state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 9: John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, lifts the state’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 10: New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno poses with the state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 10: New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno poses with the state’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 11: Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert displays the state’s Gold Shovel award. Figure 11: Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert displays the state’s Gold Shovel award.
  • Figure 12: Governor Nikki Haley poses with South Carolina’s Gold Shovel award. Figure 12: Governor Nikki Haley poses with South Carolina’s Gold Shovel award.
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