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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts accepts the Silver Shovel Award from Dennis Shea, President and Publisher of Area Development magazine. 

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday that Nebraska has won a Silver Shovel award recognizing its success in promoting economic development projects.

The governor accepted the award in Lincoln from Dennis Shea, president and publisher of Area Development, a magazine aimed at corporate executives that focuses on the process of picking sites for business development.

The magazine rated states based on their top 10 projects of the year. The ratings take into account capital expenditures, jobs created, the number of new facilities and the diversity of industry represented.

The six highest-ranked states won Golden Shovels. Nebraska was among three states with less than 3 million population to earn runner-up Silver Shovels. The other two were Kansas and Rhode Island.

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