See also: shovel ready
- (US, Canada) Ready for immediate commencement of excavation and construction.
- 2003, Urban Land Institute, Urban Land, volume 62, number 7-12, page 44:
- LCDC officials emphasize that the need for shovel-ready industrial sites in this case outweighs the goal of preserving prime farmland.
- 2009, Jennifer Lewington, "Battle brews over ‘shovel ready’ projects," The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Jan 15, p. A12:
- With an eye to the imminent federal budget, Toronto business and civic leaders are set today to name $4.8-billion in "shovel-ready" projects that would stimulate the flagging local economy.
- (by extension) Describing a project which is a candidate for economic stimulus spending, the one having a more immediate impact on the economy as opposed to the project requiring a great deal of time that must elapse for architecture, zoning, legal considerations or other factors before labor can be deployed on it.