January 12, 2018
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Area Development again recognizes Florida’s job creation efforts
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2016) – Florida once again ranked among the best states in economic development by Area Development, the leading publication focused on site selection and facility planning. Through its primary economic development organization, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Florida received a 2016 Silver Shovel Award in recognition of projects undertaken in 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year that Florida has received this honor.
“We are excited that Area Development has recognized Florida as a great place for business,” said Crystal Sircy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise Florida. “With a top-ranked workforce, low tax climate and expansive multi-modal infrastructure, businesses across all industries are growing here, and the team at Enterprise Florida is working tirelessly to bring even more employment opportunities to the state.”
Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development organizations that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. A report on the 2016 Shovel Award winners is posted online at www.areadevelopment.com/shovels.
“The states and communities receiving 2016 Shovel Awards not only have the right combination of factors to attract and retain business,” says Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development, “they also display a pro-business attitude and marketing savvy. They deserve to be recognized for winning high-impact economic development projects.”
Each of the 50 states was invited to submit information about its top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2015 were considered. The Shovel Awards are given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on number of high-valued added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.
The qualifying states were then rated based on the following weighted factors: direct jobs creation, new jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of projects creating high value added jobs, industry diversity and number of new facilities.
Ten projects were recognized as part of Florida’s Silver Shovel award, including:
The Silver Shovel award is more recognition of Florida’s economic development success. Chief Executive Magazine recently named Florida the #2 best state for business in its 2016 Best & Worst States for Business issue.