Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Earns Back-to-Back Gold Shovel Awards for New Business and Job Growth
13 Jul 2023
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky has earned back-to-back Gold Shovel Awards from the national publication Area Development, which cited the commonwealth’s strong gains in attracting new businesses and growing jobs.
Each year, Area Development awards only one Gold Shovel Award for states with populations between 4 million and 6 million. Kentucky has now won the award for the past two years. The publication also named AESC, formerly known as Envision AESC, as a 2023 Manufacturing Project of the Year.
“We continue to see record-breaking economic development in Kentucky, and we are only going to build on that momentum,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our continued success, especially our hard-working Kentuckians and growth-minded communities and companies. This recognition shows the rest of the country that Kentucky really is the best place to do business.”