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Mississippi honored with Silver Shovel Award for economic development

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Due to its economic growth, Mississippi has been recognized for its success by Area Development magazine.

Mississippi was honored with a Silver Shovel Award in the “fewer than 3 million population” category.

The Shovel Awards are given to state economic development agencies that utilize innovative policies to create jobs, entice employers to open businesses, and improve infrastructure.

“Mississippi is committed to competing on all fronts for new business investments. We want to make our state the best in the nation to live, work, and build a business. This award is validation of our ongoing work towards that end,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “I want to especially congratulate the Mississippi Development Authority, economic developers throughout the state, and the vast range of private partners that have recognized Mississippi’s economic value and chosen to invest in our state.”

The top project in the state in 2021 was Milwaukee Tool’s new accessories manufacturing facility in Grenada County. 1,200 total jobs were created with 800 set to be located in Grenada and 400 scattered throughout Mississippi’s other locations.

Other notable contributors to Mississippi receiving this award are:

  • Biewer Lumber investing $130M; creating 150 jobs.
  • Jones investing $40M; creating 230 jobs.
  • Edelbrock investing $14.4M; creating 200 jobs.
  • New Way Trucks investing $4M; creating 120 jobs.
  • Leisure Pools investing $3.25M; creating 100 jobs.
  • AeroSafe Global investing $2.5M; creating 100 jobs.
  • Waste Management investing $660,000; creating 330 jobs.

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