The Power to Grow
The beginning of 2013 brought mixed signals for the U.S. economy and continued economic recovery. Once again this year, we know that attracting new industries to North Carolina will be highly competitive.
The key: figuring out how to set ourselves apart from the competition, whether it’s halfway around the globe or right down the street.
In more than 70 communities across North Carolina, public power is one way we can distinguish ourselves. Public power is known for its reliability, outstanding customer service and local control. In many instances, that local control gives us the flexibility to develop custom solutions for new and expanding companies.
ElectriCities of North Carolina works closely with member communities to attract economic development investments and create new jobs. We promote public power communities in national advertising and direct mail campaigns, meet with prospects at trade shows targeting key industry sectors, and work in partnership with local economic development organizations.
Those efforts are paying dividends: the last two weeks of 2012 brought news of more than 500 new jobs with $142 million in investment for NC Public Power.
North Carolina has a lot to offer prospective companies. By continually investing in infrastructure to deliver reliable power and by supporting local initiatives to develop a skilled workforce, our public power communities are proving that we have the power to grow.
Author: Graham Edwards, CEO, ElectriCities of North Carolina