Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has received the "Silver Shovel" award from Area Development Magazine.
Alabama is one of 11 states being recognized by the publication for "attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant amount of jobs."
"Alabama continues to outperform most states even during our tough economy," said Riley. "Our growth in personal income ranks among the best in the nation and just last week economic forecasters predicted Alabama will be among the first states to emerge from the recession."