As pioneers of virtual reality for economic development, we set the gold standard for virtual fam tours, site visits and workforce recruitment.
At Golden Shovel, we believe thriving communities improve everyone’s lives. Everything we do connects businesses and talent with communities they’ll thrive in. We do this by empowering economic developers through groundbreaking economic development communications.
Download your free copy of Beyond the Curve: A Toolkit for Reopening Your Community now and get the resources you need to assess the needs of local businesses, identify communication goals and audiences, and develop a communications strategy to support your overall economic recovery efforts.
Our process is simple for busy economic developers
Schedule a Call
Schedule a call and we'll listen about your unique situation so that we can identify how to best apply our services.
Make a Decision
We suggest goal-focused initiatives and provide guidance on how to communicate with stakeholders. You come to a conclusion if we are right for you.
With a solid plan based in research, creativity, & strategy, we'll provide our economic development marketing expertise to showcase all your community has to offer.
Now that you're directly targeting your audience, you'll be attracting more people to your community. We will measure the success, celebrate, then get back to work.
Our Clients Love Us
"I worked with Golden Shovel Agency to build an economic development portal for Great River Energy and our 28 member co-ops. The team at Golden Shovel Agency customizes their solution to meet the individual needs of their clients. The professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service that Golden Shovel provides is outstanding."
Tom Lambrecht, Great River Energy
"As York County Development Corporation undertook the design of the website in partnership with Golden Shovel, we had some high level goals. In today's competitive world, it is imperative to stand out, yet have our site answer the questions a business or site selector would have. Golden Shovel has been an invaluable partner in our efforts."
Lisa Hurley, York County Development Corporation
"I have been truly impressed by their professionalism and knowledge of economic development, specifically, tackling issues in marketing communities and regions. Golden Shovel's social media and marketing strategies are difference makers that if you are not using, you are losing out."
Dave Simonsen, JOCO First
"Selecting Golden Shovel to build our new Economic Development website was not a risk. Their work with other communities across the country garnered immediate consideration. Golden Shovel delivered, making this the most seamless, stress-less website development project with which I have ever been engaged."
Linda DiMario, Irvine Chamber Economic Development
I'm extremely pleased with the website. The Golden Shovel Team has been helpful and put up with my constant questions as I learn how to use it.
JD Lowery, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Economic Development
"Thank you to all the Golden Shovel employees for helping to make our website a winner! If anyone needs a website company that has superior customer service & excellent social media integration, Golden Shovel Agency is the company for you."
Barb Pierce, Greater Fremont Economic Development Council
Who We've Helped
Golden Shovel has supported over 230 economic development organizations across the United States and Canada. Our experience spans rural and urban regions, utilities, cities, counties and economic development associations. See who we are working with.
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By 24-7 Press Release
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