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Slideshow: 2015 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Shown here are 11 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2015 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, 21 states were recognized for their efforts.

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Slideshow2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Award Recipients Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear puts his state’s Silver Shovel award to good use.
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  • Figure 1: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley poses with the Gold Shovel award. Figure 1: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley poses with the Gold Shovel award.
  • Figure 2: Tennessee’s Gold Shovel award is raised by Governor Bill Haslam. Figure 2: Tennessee’s Gold Shovel award is raised by Governor Bill Haslam.
  • Figure 3: Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky holds New York’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 3: Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky holds New York’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 4: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (left) and Interim Kansas Commerce Secretary Michael Copeland pose with the state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 4: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (left) and Interim Kansas Commerce Secretary Michael Copeland pose with the state’s Silver Shovel award.
  • Figure 5: Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear puts his state’s Silver Shovel award to good use. Figure 5: Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear puts his state’s Silver Shovel award to good use.
  • Figure 6: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal holds the state’s Gold Shovel award. Figure 6: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal holds the state’s Gold Shovel award.
  • Figure 7: Jonas Peterson,CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance;Governor Brian Sandoval; GOED Director Steve Hill; and Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams shown with Nevada’s first-ever Gold Shovel award. Figure 7: Jonas Peterson,CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance;Governor Brian Sandoval; GOED Director Steve Hill; and Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante-Adams shown with Nevada’s first-ever Gold Shovel award.
  • Figure 8: Wisconsin’s Silver Shovel award is held by Governor Scott Walker. Figure 8: Wisconsin’s Silver Shovel award is held by Governor Scott Walker.
  • Figure 9: Bobby Jindal,Governor of Louisiana,displays the state’s Silver Shovel. Figure 9: Bobby Jindal,Governor of Louisiana,displays the state’s Silver Shovel.
  • Figure 10: Utah Governor Gary Herbert with the Silver Shovel award his state received this year. Figure 10: Utah Governor Gary Herbert with the Silver Shovel award his state received this year.
  • Figure 11: Phil Bryant,Governor of Mississippi, holds his state’s Silver Shovel award. Figure 11: Phil Bryant,Governor of Mississippi, holds his state’s Silver Shovel award.
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