Kansas Department of Commerce Earns 11th Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development Wins

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The Kansas Department of Commerce has again been recognized by Area Development magazine with one of its Silver Shovel awards. The Silver Shovel award honors 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.

This year’s award marks the eleventh year the Kansas Department of Commerce has been recognized with a Silver Shovel Award. The agency has also earned a Gold Shovel award, presented annually to the states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and company investment, in 2013.

“Smart companies from very diverse industries continue to discover Kansas as an excellent place to locate and expand their operations,” said Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. “We are honored to once again be recognized by Area Development magazine with a Silver Shovel award for our achievements in economic development, and we will continue pressing forward with pro-growth policies that make Kansas the best choice for business.”

For this year’s award, the Kansas Department of Commerce was recognized for the scope and breadth of its Top 10 Projects which resulted in significant job creation and investment within the state. Based on the number of high-quality jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity of the 10 submitted projects, Kansas qualified for a Silver Shovel award in the “Fewer than 3 Million Population” category.

Economic development projects submitted to the magazine for consideration included:

Company City/County New / Exp. #Jobs Investment Amt. Industry
Nueterra Holdings, LLC Leawood/Johnson New 389 $17.9M Healthcare Facilities Mgmt
Spectrum Brands Edgerton/Johnson New 511 $50.9 M Logistics/Distribution
CrossFirst Bank Leawood/Johnson New 173 $46M Banking
Multi-Service Technology Solutions Overland Park/Johnson New 116 $13.7M Logistics/Distribution
Kiewit Corp. Lenexa/Johnson Exp 268 $130M Construction/Engineering
Simmons Pet Food, KS Emporia/Lyon Exp 131 $101.3M Pet Foods
Horizon Global Edgerton/Johnson New 122 $30M Logistics/Distribution
Himoinsa Power Olathe/Johnson New 75 $38M Portable Generators
Viega, LLC McPherson/McPherson Exp 150 $73M Piping
Dold Foods Wichita New 384 $151M Food Products

“Kansas has long been a transportation/logistics hub, so it’s no surprise that three of the big projects that earned Kansas a 2018 Silver Shovel award fall into this category,” said Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “Hundreds of other new jobs in the healthcare facilities and food products sectors also contributed to the state’s recognition by Area Development.”

A report on the 2018 Shovel Award winners is published in the Q2/2018 issue of Area Development and posted online at www.areadevelopment.com/shovels.

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