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Nash County Industrial Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

April 07, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. has designated a 38-acre Smart Site in Battleboro’s Whitaker Business and Industry Center. The designation guarantees that the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.

Located at 6751 N.C. Highway 48, the Smart Site is about one-third of a mile from Interstate 95, 16 miles from Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport, and within 140 miles of three deep-water ports. The City of Rocky Mount supplies the site’s utility services, including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer, and CenturyLink provides fiber-optic internet access.

ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation to community leaders, including Norris Tolson, CEO and president of Carolinas Gateway Partnership; Krista Ikirt, vice president of Carolinas Gateway Partnership; Nash County Manager Zee Lamb; and Wayne Outlaw, vice chairman of Nash County board of commissioners.

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 in Farmville, Greenville, Kinston, Laurinburg, New Bern, Shelby, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.

Learn More
To learn more about Nash County’s new Smart Site, the Smart Sites program, or economic development in NC Public Power communities, contact Brenda Daniels at bdaniels@electricities.org or 919-760-6363, or visit http://www.electricities.com/EconDev.