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North Carolina has several in-state companies that offer site certification programs. The certification process provided in these programs offers more shovel-ready sites and assists site selectors in making informed choices.
North Carolina ElectriCities Smart Sites Program
In today’s competitive environment, it’s rare for a company to locate on an undeveloped, unimproved property. The majority of new and expanding companies expect existing buildings or a prepared, shovel-ready site to shorten the amount of time needed for construction. Yet communities often struggle to garner the funds needed to develop inventory for economic development purposes.
North Carolina ElectriCities created the Smart Sites program to offer more shovel-ready property for economic development growth in their member communities. The valuable due diligence included in their program assists site selectors in making informed, intelligent choices. In short, the Smart Sites program simplifies the process for consultants and companies and minimizes risk to them.
Smart Sites are then marketed domestically and internationally by ElectriCities at numerous tradeshows and industry events.
Duke Energy Site Readiness Program
The Duke Energy Site Readiness Program is intended to identify, assess, improve and increase awareness of industrial sites in the Duke Energy service territory. The goal of the program is to increase the inventory of good industrial sites throughout the territories that Duke Energy serves and to advance the state of readiness of these sites. It is not a “site certification” process, but rather a program to help local economic development organizations find and prepare potential sites. However, a site that has successfully completed the recommendations from this program should have completed the initial steps required for certification in many states.
To qualify for the Site Readiness Program, a site must be a legitimate industrial or data center site (usually 75 or more acres) and Duke Energy must either be the designated electric service provider or at least be able to compete to serve the site. The site can either be a single site for a large facility or a potential industrial park (multi-tenant site).