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Stanly County Business Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

March 20, 2018

Stanly County Business Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

March 20, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. – ElectriCities of North Carolina Inc. has designated a 175-acre Smart Site in Stanly County’s Albemarle Corporate Center. The designation guarantees that the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.

Located in Stanly County, the Smart Site is approximately 30 miles from I-485 and Highway 24/27, 51 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and within 151 miles of the Port of Wilmington. The City of Albemarle supplies the site’s utility services, including electricity, water and sewer. Spectrum and Windstream provide telecommunications services.

ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation to community leaders, including Mark Donham, director of economic development for the City of Albemarle.

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, Morganton, Shelby, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.

Learn More
To learn more about Stanly 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.