Kansas Wins Prestigious Gold Shovel Award for Excellence in Economic Development for Second Consecutive Year
TOPEKA – Kansas won Area development the magazine’s coveted 2022 Gold Shovel Award, marking the second straight year the state has received this national recognition for excellence in economic development.
“For the second year in a row, Kansas has been recognized as a national leader in job creation and business investment,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “There’s a reason for that: our track record of fully funding schools, investing in infrastructure, and expanding broadband access has prompted more businesses to choose to locate in Kansas. .”
The annual award is given to states that attract high-value investment projects that create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. Only five states have received the Gold Shovel for 2022. Since the start of Governor Kelly’s administration, Kansas has received nearly $8.8 billion in new business investment, created and retained nearly 43,000 jobs, and welcomed 645 new economic development projects.
As the state’s premier economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to help businesses and communities grow in Kansas. Commerce’s Business Recruitment team has backed all business achievements submitted for the Gold Shovel award.
“Under Governor Kelly’s leadership, the Kansas economy has transformed into one of the most dominant states for economic development,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Our aggressive approach to bringing new, quality jobs and investment to the state has led to consecutive years of record-breaking success. As a result, the world is taking notice.
To reinforce these unprecedented efforts, Governor Kelly recently signed into law the Attracting Powerful Economic Expansion (APEX) bill. This bipartisan legislation provides an additional tool to help Kansas compete for some of the largest and most transformative economic development projects in the nation. With modern, competitive economic development tools and a highly skilled workforce, Kansas will remain on track for further growth in the years to come.
The Kansas Department of Commerce worked with economic development organizations and partners across the state to select a sample of successful projects to submit for this award.
The best projects are:
|Company Name||Total capital investment||Town||County||New job|
|Hilmar Cheese Factory||$459,206,226||Dodge the city||Ford||247|
|Bartlett Grain Company, LP||$322,750,000||Cherryvale||Montgomery||50|
|Hill’s Pet Nutrition||$251,500,000||Tonganoxia||Leavenworth||85|
|Sustainable Ingredient Summit, LLC||$251,386,056||Phillipsburg||Phillips||55|
|TriRx Pharmaceutical Services||$70,000,000||Shawnee||Johnson||250|
|Torch Research, LLC||$55,000,000||Leawood||Johnson||490|
|Charter Communications, Inc.||$18,919,072||land park||Johnson||510|
|Netsmart Technologies||$11,435,000||land park||Johnson||425|
|WellSky Corporation||$9,926,000||land park||Johnson||593|