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ElectriCities of North Carolina Receives Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council


RALEIGH, N.C. (NOVEMBER 5, 2020) — ElectriCities of North Carolina received multiple awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its work advancing economic development programs and partnerships. The honors were presented virtually at the IEDC Annual Conference earlier this month.

ElectriCities was awarded a Gold Rank for its Developments newsletter, a project in the Magazine and Newsletter category. In its roughly 15th year, the Developments newsletter showcases economic development happenings in public power communities across North Carolina. Each newsletter offers a deep dive on a particular topic, shares photos, and highlights programs, grants, and opportunities available to public power communities.

ElectriCities also won a Bronze Rank for its Economic Development Flipbook in the General Purpose Print Promotion category. The flipbook serves as a quick reference guide showcasing target sectors when ElectriCities’ economic development team is on the ground meeting with member communities.

“To be recognized internationally for our efforts is a testament to the dedication of our team in support of economic development in our 70-plus cities and towns across North Carolina,” said Brenda Daniels, Economic Development Manager at ElectriCities. “The economic development expertise we’re able to bring to members is an essential benefit to our public power communities large and small.”

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day”, said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Thirty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.


About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan 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. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at

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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