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Economic Development

We are committed to economic growth, and so are our members.

Working with the leaders in our communities, business, and government, we create places where people want to visit, live, do business, and retire. From smart sites and grants, to cultural events and city projects, our communities are brimming with opportunities that allow them to thrive.

As we focus on the future, our goal is to leverage the unique culture of each community as we channel economic growth for years to come.

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Available Properties

Smart Sites®

The Smart Sites® program, also known as S2, was created by ElectriCities to assist member communities in preparing shovel-ready sites for economic development.

Perquimans Marine Industrial Park

Hertford, North Carolina

This 70-acre site has everything a boatbuilding company needs.

  • 16+ acre basin
  • Bulkheaded shoreline suitable for industrial use
  • 10-foot water depth provides access to the Albemarle Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway, at the Atlantic Ocean
  • 40-foot wide boat ramp built to industrial specs
  • Very skilled workforce with experience in shipyards in Portsmouth and Norfolk

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Grants and Resources for Your Projects

Customized City Projects

Smart Communities Grant

Downtown Revitalization Grant

Smart Site Certification

Tradeshow Calendar

Tradeshow Name
Attend and Meet Us
NC Bankers Association Economic Forum
January 7, 2021
NC Main Street Conference
March 9, 2021
Security and Police Show
March 9, 2021
Electrification International Conference & Expo
May 3, 2021
Charlotte, NC
Hunter Hotel Conference
May 10, 2021
Southeast PETRO Show
May 20, 2021
Myrtle Beach, SC
Select USA
June 6, 2021
IAMC Spring Forum
June 19, 2021
Fort Worth, TX
Global Carolinas Connection
August 19, 2021
Charlotte, NC
August 22, 2021
Charlotte, NC
CPhI Worldwide
August 31, 2021
Milan, Italy
NexGen Food & Beverage Conference
September 12, 2021
Kansas City, MO
21st Century Building Expo
September 21, 2021
Charlotte, NC
September 27, 2021
Las Vegas, NV
IAMC Fall Forum
October 2, 2021
Kansas City, MO
Southern Auto Conference
October 13, 2021
Birmingham, AL
NC Craft Brewers Conference
November 2, 2021
Winston-Salem, NC
November 2, 2021
Las Vegas, NV
Private Label Manufacturing Show
November 14, 2021
Chicago, IL
International Workboat Show
December 1, 2021
New Orleans, LA
December 5, 2021
Las Vegas, NV

With the help of ElectriCities, we created a new logo which helped us put our best foot forward from an economic development perspective–I don’t know what we would have done without them.


Newell Clark, Mayor

Lexington, North Carolina

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