ICYMI: Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Awarded Third Gold Shovel for Historic Economic Development

KEY QUOTE: “Every day, my administration works to grow the economy so there are better opportunities for Kansans. This award shows that our work is paying off, and as a result, more Kansans have good-paying jobs with which they can support their families and contribute to their communities.” 

Massive KC-area project helps Kansas nab third Gold Shovel Award for economic development projects 
06.08.23 | Kansas City Business Journal 

Kansas awarded Gold Shovel Award for third straight year 
06.06.23 | KZRG  

Sunflower State honored with Gold Shovel award for third consecutive year 
06.07.23 | WIBW  

Kansas Historic Economic Development 
06.07.23 | Fort Scott Biz 

Kansas wins third consecutive Gold Shovel Award 
06.07.23 | KSNT 

Here’s what they’re saying: 

“As President of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, I congratulate Kansas on winning the Gold Shovel Award for the third consecutive year. This award highlights our state’s exceptional economic performance. We have certainly felt it here in Topeka, where our local economy has grown more than $2 billion over the last five years. This success proves there is no better place to do business than in Kansas. Recognition like this motivates us all the more to continue working to attract investment, create jobs and bring about the prosperous future Topekans and Kansans know is waiting for them.” 
– Curtis Sneden,
president of the Greater Topeka Partnership

“Congratulationsto Governor Kelly for her outstanding support of the Kansas Department of Commerce.Congratulationsto Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland and his staff for making it happen.” 
– Harland Priddle,
Kansas’ first Secretary of Commerce

“Kansas winning the Gold Shovel Award for the third year in a row reinforces the progress the State has made to ensure we are an attractive location for businesses to move, build, and thrive. I’m glad to see those economic development efforts have spanned the state, providing opportunities for rural and metropolitan communities.” 
– Senator John Doll,
Kansas Senate District 39

“Well-earned congratulations go to the Kelly – Toland administration as Kansas has once again been recognized as leading the way in job creation and business investment! The administration’s continued commitments to fully fund Kansas’ public schools, invest in critical transportation and broadband infrastructure, expand technical training opportunities and promote equitable tax policies have enticed strategic business sectors to set up shop in Kansas. The third consecutive Golden Shovel award also demonstrates the Kelly – Toland administration’s continued successes in partnering with our existing Kansas businesses, large and small, as they grow and re-align their operations to better serve future Kansas generations.” 
– Senator Tom Holland,
Kansas Senate District 3

“Not long ago, Kansas struggled to get even a passing glance from companies looking to relocate or launch. Now after years of smart investment and leadership from the Kelly/Toland administration, Kansas is once again recognized as among the best places in the country for business growth and development. This is what’s possible when our leaders have vision and are dedicated to progress and success.” 
– Representative Jason Probst,
Kansas House District 102

“Congratulations! I’ve been a vocal advocate for Gov Kelly and Lt Gov/Sec Toland’s “Framework for Growth” since its inception. Kansas’ first comprehensive economic development plan since 1986 was developed with outstanding business acumen, including statewide stakeholder expertise, and executed flawlessly, resulting in national recognition….again and again! Their vision has become our reality, creating unparalleled opportunities and soaring growth for Kansas and her future generations.” 
– Representative Mari-Lynn Poskin,
Kansas House District 20