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ElectriCities Named Top 20 Utility in U.S.


A leading economic development and site selection magazine has named ElectriCities of North Carolina one of the nation’s Top 20 Utilities.

Business Facilities, a magazine that focuses on economic development and site selection news, publishes an annual list of leading utilities that excel in providing economic development support, low-cost energy, and infrastructure. Click here to view the list.

“Promoting economic development in public power communities is a top priority for ElectriCities, so we’re thrilled to be recognized for our success in that area,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “Helping bring new jobs and added investment to North Carolina is one of many ways we deliver value to the communities we serve.”

ElectriCities is actively involved in helping public power communities secure economic development projects. Public power communities in North Carolina added 5,410 new jobs and secured over $900 million in new investments in 2016. Those investments added 59 megawatts of new load.

“Having ElectriCities at the table in any economic development discussion is always a major plus. They take a pragmatic ‘let’s get it done approach’ that clients and developers like us find extremely valuable,” said Norris Tolson, CEO & President of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, a public-private economic development organization serving Nash and Edgecombe counties. “This no-nonsense approach creates jobs and adds tremendous value to local communities like ours.”

Carolinas Gateway Partnership worked with ElectriCities as part of its successful recruitment of CSX’s $270 million Carolina Connector cargo terminal. The project is expected to create 1,500 jobs across North Carolina, including 300 jobs in Rocky Mount.

About ElectriCities of North Carolina

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., is the membership organization that provides power supply and related critical services to over 90 community-owned electric systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia—collectively known as public power. ElectriCities manages the power supply for two power agencies in North Carolina and provides technical services to assist members in operating their electric distribution systems. ElectriCities also helps these locally owned and operated public power providers thrive today and in the future by delivering innovative services, including legislative, technical, communications, and economic development expertise.

Visit to learn more about the benefits of public power and how ElectriCities helps communities keep the lights on through access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy.

Media contact
Elizabeth Kadick
VP, Communications, ElectriCities

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