ElectriCities of N.C., Inc. Joins Regional Economic Development Alliance

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The NCEast Alliance added one more member to its ranks in October. ElectriCities of N.C., Inc. joined the NCEast Alliance as an investor at the Regional Executive Membership level (those entities contributing at least $25,000 per year). The NCEast Alliance serves over two dozen counties in eastern North Carolina as the lead economic development agency involved in recruitment/retention of industry, support for entrepreneurship, workforce development (through the STEM East network) and advocacy for the region.

The NCEast Alliance added one more member to its ranks in October. ElectriCities of N.C., Inc. joined the NCEast Alliance as an investor at the Regional Executive Membership level (those entities contributing at least $25,000 per year). The NCEast Alliance serves over two dozen counties in eastern North Carolina as the lead economic development agency involved in recruitment/retention of industry, support for entrepreneurship, workforce development (through the STEM East network) and advocacy for the region.

ElectriCities is a not-for-profit membership based organization that aims to add value to public power communities in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina by consolidating many services needed by municipally-owned utilities. They provide services in emergency assistance, economic development, government relations, marketing and communications, as well as safety and training. ElectriCitiesalso provides management services to North Carolina’s two municipal power agencies – North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1) and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).

ElectriCities serves NCEMPA communities in North Carolina which includes over 500,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The NCEast footprint closely matches with ElectriCities NCEMPA member cities in the region, including such key cities of Wilson, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Greenville and Elizabeth City as well as smaller communities like Edenton, Hamilton, Washington and Fremont.

“The addition of one of our historic, valued partners in economic development as a full member investor is very gratifying,” stated NCEast CEO John D. Chaffee.  “The long-term support of the ElectriCities economic development staff is greatly appreciated and we look forward to an even closer working relationship as we go forward,” Chaffee continued. 

ElectriCities has collaborated with the NCEast Alliance staff on several marketing efforts, including joint efforts at several target cluster trade shows and prospect missions. The lion’s share of prospects developed by NCEast are involved in either manufacturing or distribution and range from relatively small projects that would employ 10-20 workers to some as large as 750 workers over a period of five years. 

Brenda Daniels Manager of Economic Development for ElectriCities of N.C., Inc. said, “We are pleased to partner with the NCEast Alliance in the recruitment of new industry and the retention of our existing industries in eastern North Carolina. I see this new merger with the northeast counties as one that will continue to provide support for the rural counties in a time that we need it more than ever. Our efforts in this partnership will certainly provide an opportunity to bring more jobs and investment to eastern North Carolina.”

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The NCEast Alliance is a regional, public/private, not-for-profit, economic development corporation serving over two dozen counties with approximately 1.3 million residents in several small metropolitan and micropolitan areas in eastern North Carolina.  The region extends from the fringe of the Research Triangle to the Atlantic Coast and from Jacksonvile/Onslow County to the VIrgina state line. The Alliance provides community capacity building, marketing/lead generation, and assists companies with site location and expansion evaluations. For more information on the NCEast Alliance, visit us at www.nceast.org or visit one of our workforce development sites (www.ncworkready.org or www.stemeast.org)