Cherryville Rail-Served Site Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation


RALEIGH, N.C. — ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has designated a 42-acre Smart Site in the public power city of Cherryville, North Carolina.

A Smart Sites designation guarantees that this prime industrial rail-served site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new industrial development.

“The Smart Sites designation simplifies the selection process for industrial locations,” said Carl Rees, ElectriCities Manager of Economic and Community Development. “Throughout the Smart Sites certification process, we conduct thorough due diligence, which includes environmental reviews, geotechnical evaluations, preliminary infrastructure studies, and facility siting studies, ensuring the site is prepared for industrial permitting at local, state, and federal levels.”

Zoned for general manufacturing and commercial construction, this Smart Site in Cherryville is located on W. Academy Street and Lester Street in Gaston County. The site has the added benefit of on-site rail access served by CSX Transportation.

The Cherryville Smart Site is approximately:

  • 10 miles from U.S. 74.
  • 54 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
  • 241 miles from the Port of Wilmington.

The closest transmission system is on-site, and the closest substation is 0.5 miles away.

The City of Cherryville supplies the site’s water and electricity, and Dominion Energy supplies the site’s natural gas.

To learn more about Cherryville’s new Smart Site, contact:

About the Smart Sites program

ElectriCities created the Smart Sites program to help its public power member communities—cities and towns that own and operate their electric systems—prepare shovel-ready sites for economic development.

Smart Sites must meet specific requirements and undergo an extensive review process by site selection experts. Each site must have municipal electric service, water and sewer access within 500 feet, and be within 5 miles of an interstate or interstate-quality highway. ElectriCities markets Smart Sites at trade shows and industry events around the world to get the word out about prime industrial development sites in North Carolina public power communities.

See the complete list of Smart Sites on the ElectriCities website. To learn more about the Smart Sites program or economic development in public power communities in North Carolina, contact Carl Rees at or visit