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.

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
ICSC Conference
March 11, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina
EEI Spring National Accounts
April 7, 2019
Seattle, Washington
Craft Brewers Conference
April 8, 2019
Denver, Colorado
CPHI Conference
April 30, 2019
Chicago, Illinois
North Carolina League of Municipalities Annual Meeting
May 14, 2019
Hickory, North Carolina
May 19, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
BIO International
June 3, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Area Development Consultants Forum
June 3, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina
Select USA
June 10, 2019
Washington, D.C.
NCEDA Annual Conference
June 11, 2019
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
June 17, 2019
Denver, Colorado
SEDC Annual Conference
August 4, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
Southeast Aerospace Suppliers/Advanced Manufacturing Summit
August 12, 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina
September 8, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
21st Century Building Expo
September 10, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 24, 2019
Long Beach, California
Southern Automotive Conference
September 25, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee
EEI Fall Conference
October 6, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
IEDC Annual Conference
October 13, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana
NCEDA Fall Conference
October 29, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina Craft Brewers Conference
November 5, 2019
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Canadian Aerospace Summit
November 12, 2019
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
ICSC Deal Making Conference
November 13, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
Private Label Manufacturing Conference
November 17, 2019
Chicago, Illinois
International Workboat Show
December 4, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
ICSC Deal Making Conference
New York, New York

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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