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Burke County Industrial Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

March 19, 2018

Burke County Industrial Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

March 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. – ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. has designated an 83-acre Smart Site in Burke County’s Burke Business Park. The designation guarantees that the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.

Located at 4336 Sundown Road, the Smart Site is approximately 500 feet from Interstate 40, 50 miles from Asheville Regional Airport, and within 280 miles of a deep-water port. The City of Morganton supplies the site’s utility services, including electricity, water and sewer. AT&T/Charter Spectrum provides telecommunications services.

ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation to community leaders, including Sonja Marston, assistant city manager, City of Morganton and Hope Hopkins of Burke Development Inc.

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, Hertford, Albemarle, Shelby, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.

Learn More
To learn more about Burke County’s new Smart Site, the Smart Sites program, or economic development in NC Public Power communities, contact Brenda Daniels at or 919-760-6363, or vis