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Industrial Park in Shelby Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation
December 08, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. – ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has designated Shelby’s Washburn Switch Industrial Park a Smart Site. The designation guarantees the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.
Located at 2215 Randolph Road in Shelby, the 64-acre Smart Site is about a mile from U.S. Highway 74 and less than a half mile from the future U.S. 74 Bypass. It is within the city limits. Rail service is provided by CSX, and the City of Shelby provides the site’s electricity, water and natural gas services.
ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation to Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony, Cleveland County Manager Jeff Richardson, and Kristin Reese of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership. The site will now be marketed to growing businesses as a prime site for development in North Carolina.
About the Smart Sites Program
ElectriCities created the Smart Sites program in 2014 to help member communities prepare shovel-ready sites for economic development.
“In today’s competitive environment, it’s rare for a company to locate on an undeveloped property,” explains Daniels. “New and expanding companies expect existing buildings or a prepared, shovel-ready site to shorten the amount of time needed for construction. We created Smart Sites to expedite economic development in NC Public Power communities.”
Earning the Smart Sites designation is challenging. Potential sites must meet specific requirements and undergo an extensive review process by site selection experts, including Engineering Consulting Services and Creative Economic Development Consulting. Each site must have municipal electric service, have water and sewer access within 500 feet, and be within five miles of an interstate or interstate-quality highway.
ElectriCities markets Smart Sites at trade shows and industry events around the world. Other Smart Sites are located in Farmville, Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.