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State wins Silver Shovel Award

Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, has honored West Virginia with a 2013 Silver Shovel award, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday.

The award recognizes states that have achieved significant success in economic impact and jobs creation. It is the first time in the award's eight-year history that West Virginia has received the honor.

 "This award is a testament to the many pro-growth reforms — from workers compensation reform to the Horizontal Well Act — that our state has undertaken to encourage new and existing businesses to expand their roots in our state," Tomblin said.

The magazine collected information from all 50 states regarding their top-10 job-creation and investment projects that began in 2012.  Awards were given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on number of high-value-added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.

Four states received the highest Gold Shovel honor, while 14 others received Silver Shovel awards.

"The states receiving 2013 Shovel Awards deserve special recognition for their efforts to attract new businesses and to help their existing corporate citizens to expand their businesses," said Area Development editor Geraldine Gambale. "They have managed to thrive and emerge from the recession as economic leaders."


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