October 21, 2020
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Area Development magazine recognizes state as major jobs producer in 2012
ORLANDO, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Area Development magazine awarded Florida, through its primary economic development organization, Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), the Silver Shovel award for significant job creation and economic impact. The state received the same honor in 2010.
Governor Scott said, “This award highlights the work we have done to make Florida’s business climate the best in the nation. We have worked to remove burdensome regulations, eliminated tax burdens, and have paid down state debt. As a result, we’re creating thousands of private-sector jobs for Florida families every month, and our efforts are being recognized by industry-leading publications like Area Development magazine.”
Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes, and promotions that attract new employers and investments in new and expanded facilities. The awards are presented annually to states that have achieved significant success in terms of job creation and economic impact.
“This is a great honor for our organization and our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. “This award speaks to the dedication of the EFI business development team and our relentless pursuit of competitive projects. Florida is in contention for more economic development projects than ever before, and we are capitalizing on our strengths as a super-state.”
Each of the 50 states was invited by Area Development magazine to submit information about its top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that were initiated in 2012 were considered.
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. Based on its score, Florida won one of three Silver Shovel awards in the category.
Projects recognized as part of Florida’s Silver Shovel award include:
The Silver Shovel award from Area Development is the latest in a string of business accolades for the Sunshine State, including:
Secretary Swoope added, “We have a renewed focus on economic development in the state and recent announcements like Hertz, Verizon and Northrup Grumman are a sign of what’s to come. I want to thank the companies recognized by this award for their confidence in choosing Florida as their business home, as well as our local economic development partners for hard their work on these projects.”
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Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Enterprise Florida’s mission is to facilitate job growth for Florida’s businesses and citizens leading to a vibrant statewide economy. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.