Connections Summit 2024 is next month! Join us and fellow public power leaders March 12-14 in Cary, N.C. – Register today!

Laurinburg Industrial Park Earns ElectriCities Smart Sites Designation

read

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has designated Laurinburg Industrial Park a Smart Site. The designation guarantees the site has met stringent requirements and is shovel-ready for new development.

The 105-acre Smart Site is located at 1000 Stewartsville Road, near the interchange of Interstate 74 and South Caledonia Road. The City of Laurinburg supplies the site’s utility services, including electricity, water, sewer, and high-speed internet, and Piedmont Natural Gas provides nearby gas service. The site is adjacent to a Gulf & Ohio Railway line.

ElectriCities Economic Development Manager Brenda Daniels announced the designation, and Senior Economic Developer Carl Rees was on hand for the site’s inauguration. Rees was joined by several city and county leaders, including Laurinburg City Manager, Charles Nichols, and Director of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, Mark Ward.
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 located in Farmville, Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, Shelby, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington and Wilson.

Learn More
To learn more about Laurinburg’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 https://www.electricities.com/EconDev.

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 www.electricities.com 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
919-760-6285
ekadick@electricities.org

Helpful Links

2021 Annual Report

Our annual report includes an exclusive update and event highlights from the past year.

Read More

The Value of Public Power

Public power providers are locally owned, locally operated, and locally controlled. They don't answer to shareholders or investors - they answer to their community.

Learn More

Understanding ElectriCities

ElectriCities 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.

Read More

Want to get stories delivered to your inbox?