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Kansas Earns 13th National Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the State of Kansas has collected another prestigious Silver Shovel for excellence in economic development.

Area Development magazine’s annual Silver Shovel award recognizes states for attracting high-value investment projects that create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. This year marks the 13th time Kansas has received the Silver Shovel award.

“This honor is further proof of why Kansas is a preeminent location for businesses to grow and thrive,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “From Day One, my administration has worked diligently to foster an environment that companies need when deciding where to locate and expand. As we move towards a cautious reopening, awards like this will continue to help in our efforts to spur economic development across Kansas.”

As the state’s leading economic development engine, the Kansas Department of Commerce works to help businesses and communities grow in Kansas. All business successes submitted for the Silver Shovel award were supported by Commerce’s business recruitment team.

“Economic development is a team sport, and we are so grateful at the Department of Commerce for our incredible partners in economic development, who we work with every day to achieve this level of success,” Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “We also appreciate Area Development for recognizing the hard work that goes into economic development.”

The Kansas Department of Commerce worked with various economic development organizations and partners across the state to select a sample of successful projects to submit for this award. The Top 10 are:

1 Vision Aviation, PLLC

Salina

N

900

$5.2 million

Aerospace

A Place for Mom

Overland Park

N

622

$5 million

Back Office Operations

Advisors Excel Holdings, LLC

Topeka

E

275

$14.4 million

Insurance & Brokerage

CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc.

Olathe

N

315

$5 million

Back Office Operations

Empirical Foods, Inc.

Garden City

N

300

$252 million

Food Processing

Faith Technologies

Olathe

E

780

$38.5 million

Pre-fab Electrical Products

King of Freight

Wichita

E

1,060

$1.1 million

Freight Brokerage

Resers Fine Foods

Topeka

E

301

$54 million

Food Processing

SelectQuote Insurance Services

Overland Park

E

968

$10.1 million

Insurance Brokerage

Walmart

Topeka

N

300

$235 million

Logistics/Distribution

To see the most recent business successes in Kansas, check out the Kansas Department of Commerce website.

The full report on Area Development’s Gold and Silver Shovel awards can be found here.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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