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
Fancy Food Show
February 6, 2022
Las Vegas, NV
Retail Live Carolinas
February 10, 2022
Charlotte, NC
National Grocers Assoc
February 27, 2022
Las Vegas, NV
ICSC Deal Making
February 28, 2022
Charlotte, NC
Southeast PETRO Show
March 2, 2022
Myrtle Beach, SC
NC Main Street
March 8, 2022
Statesville, NC
NCEDA Spring Conference
March 13, 2022
Pinehurst, NC
Entertainment Evolution Experience
March 17, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
EEI Spring National Accounts
March 20, 2022
New Orleans, LA
Rural Summit
March 21, 2022
Raleigh, NC
NC Chamber Annual Meeting
March 21, 2022
Raleigh, NC
PACK Expo East
March 21, 2022
New York, NY
Multi-Unit Franchise
March 29, 2022
Las Vegas, NY
Live Exchange
April 3, 2022
Charlotte, NC
Aero/Defense Supplier Summit
April 11, 2022
Seattle, WA
NC Airport Association
April 20, 2022
Winston Salem, NC
NC League Annual Meeting
April 20, 2022
Wilmington, NC
NextGen Talks: Food/Beverage
April 24, 2022
Kansas City, MO
IAMC Spring Forum
April 30, 2022
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Consultant Connect Summit
May 19, 2022
Norfolk, VA
May 22, 2022
Las Vegas, NV
NCEDA Annual Meeting
June 14, 2022
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Consultant Connect Summit
August 4, 2022
Chicago, IL
ElectriCities Annual Conference
August 8, 2022
Cherokee, NC
IBIE Baking Show
September 17, 2022
Las Vegas, NV
October 9, 2022
Chicago, IL
October 10, 2022
Anaheim, CA
ISC Deal Making
October 13, 2022
Atlanta GA
EEI Fall Conference
October 23, 2022
Indianapolis, IN
Private Label Manufacturing
November 20, 2022
Chicago, IL

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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