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2016 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States That Have Garnered High-Impact Economic Development Projects

The states receiving this year’s Shovel Awards are being recognized for their large numbers of high-impact economic development projects, including $1 billion+ deals with thousands of new jobs. Six states — California, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2015.

Wisconsin Basic Business Taxes

Manufacturing and agriculture tax credit, Property tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment, Wisconsin dairy and livestock farm investment credit, Manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption, Invest in Wisconsin Business, WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation), DATCP (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection), DWD (Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development), Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Wisconsin Technical College System, University of Wisconsin System

Assessing a Location’s Workforce

Every labor market is unique. Evaluating a region’s labor suitability for a new or expanding operation should consider many factors beyond population size and unemployment rates. Understanding the interconnectivity of topics pertaining to competitive demand, pay practices, attrition, applicant flow/quality, geographic site positioning, union activity, benefit offerings, and training resources is important and will better inform a location commitment decision.

Regional Report: Advanced Industry Clusters Fueling Growth in the Midwest States

Economic growth in the Midwest was steady in 2014, thanks to solid performances by the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially transportation equipment. The economy also got a boost from the surging energy sector, led by oil-shale production in Ohio, which improved sales for supporting industries like sand, chemicals, and steel drill pipe made in Midwestern steel plants.