News Release
For Immediate Release

Aimee Edwards
GOED Communications Director
(801) 538-8811 Office
(801) 755-3085 Cell

Utah Awarded “Gold Shovel” By Area Development Magazine

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2016) – Utah has been awarded the “Gold Shovel” for significant job creation, infrastructure improvement and for leading the nation in fostering a world-class business environment. Area Development considered new companies attracted to the state in 2015, as well as the environment for homegrown Utah companies to invest locally and expand.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the efforts to attract companies to Utah and promote the expansion of companies that have always called the beehive state home,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Area Development awards gold or silver shovels to states that have the highest weighted scores in amount of high-value jobs added per capita, amount invested by companies, number of new facilities and industry diversity. Utah was among six states awarded.

“The states and communities receiving 2016 Shovel Awards not only have the right combination of factors to attract and retain business,” said 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.”


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or