Mississippi Wins Sixth Consecutive Silver Shovel Award

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Jackson, Mississippi — June 7, 2016— Mississippi receives a Silver Shovel Award for its sixth consecutive year from Area Development magazine. The award is based on economic development effectiveness. Area Development is a leading economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning.

“Mississippi Development Authority and economic development professionals strive to provide companies with an environment which spurs innovation, longevity and success. To once again be recognized by Area Development with a Silver Shovel Award is a testament to the hard work of MDA and economic development professionals throughout the state,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

The Shovel Awards are presented to state economic development agencies demonstrating significant economic development success based on the number of high-value added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities and industry diversity.

“Mississippi’s economic development professionals work as a team to ensure companies find the competitive edge needed to thrive in today’s demanding economy,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “This collaboration creates careers and promotes investment. We appreciate Area Development for recognizing our efforts.”

All 50 states were invited to submit their top-10 job creation and investment projects for 2015. Mississippi’s submissions included Raybern Foods’ new manufacturing facility in Tupelo, United Furniture’s expansion into Verona, Winston Plywood and Veneer’s new plant in Louisville, H.M. Richards’ expansion in Guntown, Koch Foods’ expansions in Morton and Forest, Sofidel’s new manufacturing operations in Hattiesburg, Biewer Lumber’s new saw mill in Newton, ABB’s new manufacturing operations in Senatobia, Steel Dynamics’ new paint facility in Columbus and AmerisourceBergen’s new distribution operations in Olive Branch.

 To view a complete list of the 2016 Shovel Award winners, visit www.areadevelopment.com/awards.

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