South Carolina won its fifth Silver Shovel Award from Area Development Magazine. Kentucky and Louisiana were noted alongside South Carolina in the category of states with populations of 3-5 million.
“As 2013 began, the economists noted that South Carolina’s leading economic indicators were just about the best in the country,” the magazine reported.
Among the accomplishments that won the award for the state was BMW’s recent expansion in preparation for new model production. Also noted were accomplishments in technology-based strategic marketing, software development, and medical laboratory services.
The state won Gold Shovel awards in 2011 and 2012 for its economic development efforts, and previous Silver Shovels in 2009 and 2010.