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Contact Brenda Daniels, Manager,
Economic Development at: 919.760.6363

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  • Brenda Daniels

    Brenda Daniels

    Brenda has managed ElectriCities’ economic development services since 1995. ElectriCities of NC, Inc., a joint action agency, focuses on serving its members and enhancing the quality of life of public power communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. ElectriCities’ primary function is to manage two of the state’s municipal power agencies—North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Prior to becoming the manager of economic development, Brenda provided services specially developed for members’ residential customers in ElectriCities’ residential marketing division.

    Brenda has been employed at ElectriCities for 28 years and has created strong, long-lasting relationships with key decision makers within each of our member communities. She is an active member of SEDC, IEDC, IAMC and CoreNet Global, as well as a Board Member of the N.C. Economic Developers Association. Brenda is an alumnus of North Carolina Wesleyan College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business and successfully completed the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Brenda is happily married to Lynn Daniels and together they have two sons, Jason and Travis.

  • Jennings Gray

    Jennings Gray

    Jennings works as a Retail Development Specialist for ElectriCities of NC. ElectriCities serves 51 public power cities and towns across North Carolina that are members of the organization. Jennings has over 12 years of experience in public and private economic development, local government administration and corporate retail site consulting.

    With previous experience working with Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. and SkyLine Membership Corporation, Jennings exhibits a creative ability to manage public and community relations programs and maintain key relationships with government officials, national commercial real estate brokers and developers. Since joining ElectriCities, Jennings enjoys working with member communities to develop, enhance and implement their retail recruitment strategy.

    After attending Appalachian State University, Jennings received certifications in Government Planning, Tax Administration, Economic Development and County Administration from the University of North Carolina Institute of Government. Originally from the North Carolina mountains, Jennings and his wife, Suzanne, now call the Raleigh area home. They have one son, Landon, who attends North Carolina State University.

  • Charity Barbee

    Charity Barbee

    Along with Brenda and Jennings, Charity communicates the strengths and opportunities in our ElectriCities towns and cities to grow retail and company economic development in NC. Prior to joining ElectriCities, she served as associate director with Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation. There, she created and managed the organization's first existing business retention and expansion program, which announced $82.4 million in capital investment and 733 new jobs 2010-2012. Max Daetwyler Corporation, ABB, Ingersoll Rand, Curtis Screw, Keller Technology, Poly-Tech Industrial, SAERTEX USA, MWR, Huber Technology, and Liechti America are a few of the companies Charity assisted.

    In addition to helping existing companies, she also worked on recruitment projects, including two new companies investing $121 million and 530 new jobs. She brings over 15 years of leadership experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, including the energy sector, economic development and health/human services. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a graduate of both the Oklahoma University Economic Institute and Duke University's Nonprofit Management Certification Program.

  • Carl Rees

    Carl Rees

    Carl Rees serves as Senior Economic Developer for ElectriCities of North Carolina. A native of Eastern North Carolina, he has worked in a variety of capacities for area local governments since 1995. Most recently Rees served as Economic Development Manager for the City of Greenville, North Carolina. In this capacity Rees led a full service economic development office that engaged in business recruitment and expansion activities as well as support for small business and entrepreneurship. During his tenure Greenville was cited by the Governor of North Carolina for its support for small businesses. During this period the city was the beneficiary of multiple industrial expansions and new locations including pharmaceutical, life science and advanced manufacturing projects.

    Beginning in 2004, Rees accepted the challenge of leading redevelopment efforts in Greenville’s urban core while serving as primary staff person to the City’s Redevelopment Commission. In this capacity Rees spearheaded efforts that led to a combination of public and private investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2010 Rees and a team of private developers received the prestigious “Development of the Year” award from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for an innovative multi-family development constructed in downtown Greenville. Rees and his team were also awarded the Marvin Collins Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association for best community development project of 2011.

    From 1995-2003, Rees served in a number of city planning positions for municipalities in eastern North Carolina. For his work on recovery efforts from Hurricane Floyd in the late 1990’s, Rees received a commendation from the United States House of Representatives. Rees is a proud graduate of East Carolina University and was previously an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division.