economic development

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee is ranked one of the top states in the country for economic development, according to a national publication.

Area Development magazine picked the state for a 2012 Gold Shovel Award, along with Texas, South Carolina and Utah. The award goes annually to states that have achieved major success in job creation and economic impact. Tennessee also received the award in 2009.

Geraldine Gambale is the magazine’s editor. She says the award will put Tennessee on industry’s radar.