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ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

September 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 20, 2017) – ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2017 NC Public Power Calendar, a promotion project in the category of Special Purpose Print Promotion from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.” - Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

NC Public Power illuminates the homes and businesses of more than 1.2 million people in North Carolina—more than the population of Raleigh and Charlotte combined. They support those public power communities, providing services that include economic development.

For several years, they have created a calendar featuring interesting and unique businesses and destinations in NC Public Power communities, continuing the tradition with the 2016 NC Public Power calendar. With the theme “Superior Service,” community leaders in local businesses or destinations in 12 public power communities were featured. Also, they highlighted and connected the value of the services that the city and town officials provide for their citizens, the value of the services that ElectriCities provides, and the value of public power.

Using journalistic photography and simple stories of people caring about other people, they showed service at many levels—the types of services that people in the communities value and that those who do business in the communities value. They are further promoting economic development in the featured communities with social media posts throughout the year.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.

About ElectriCities of North Carolina

ElectriCities is the energy behind public power. For more than 50 years, ElectriCities has helped N.C. public power communities provide safe, reliable and affordable power to their customers. ElectriCities serves more than 1.2 million people in North Carolina public power communities, including 32 members of the N.C. Eastern Municipal Agency (NCEMPA) and 19 members of N.C. Municipal Power Agency #1 (NCMPA1). Learn more at

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities.

Media Contact
Michelle Vaught
ElectriCities Vice President of Communications
(919) 760-6334