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Laurinburg Industrial Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation
December 20, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. – ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has designated Laurinburg Industrial Park a Smart Site. The designation guarantees the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.
The 105-acre Smart Site is located at 1000 Stewartsville Road, near the interchange of Interstate 74 and South Caledonia Road. The City of Laurinburg supplies the site’s utility services, including electricity, water, sewer, and high-speed internet, and Piedmont Natural Gas provides nearby gas service. The site is adjacent to a Gulf & Ohio Railway line.
ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation, and Senior Economic Developer Carl Rees was on hand for the site’s inauguration. Rees was joined by several city and county leaders, including Laurinburg City Manager, Charles Nichols, and Director of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, Mark Ward.
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, Shelby, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.