Mississippi recognized for economic success

The state of Mississippi has been recognized by Area Development magazine for its economic development during the 2020 calendar year.

Mississippi was one of 12 states to receive a Silver Shovel Award, signifying our unwavering efforts to generate new jobs and investment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Area Development is a widely respected publication, and for Mississippi to be honored with a Shovel Award by the Area Development team is a remarkable achievement,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “This award will serve as a constant reminder that Mississippi plays to win, even in the most challenging of economic times.”

The Shovel Awards are based on the number of value-added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity of each state’s top 10 projects.

Mississippi’s top project was Amazon’s fulfillment center in Madison County, which is creating 1,000 jobs. Other contributing projects were:

  • Navistar Defense – 500 jobs, $8.7 million investment
  • IG Design Group – 300 jobs, $57.4 million investment
  • Material Bank – 300 jobs, $14.5 million
  • Gulf Ship – 200 jobs, $6.7 million investment
  • Loss Prevention Services – 200 jobs, $3 million investment
  • Mission Forest Products – 130 jobs, $160 million investment
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers – 79 jobs, $300 million investment
  • Calgon Carbon – 38 jobs, $185 million investment
  • Kimberly-Clark – 33 jobs, $140 million investment

To view the complete list of the 2020 Shovel Award winners, click here.



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