Support for NCEast Alliance Continues to Grow

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At the NCEast Alliance’s May board meeting, Terry Frank of Frank Door and Millie Chalk of Duke Energy were unanimously elected to the board of directors. Organizations contributing at the Regional Executive Membership level of $25,000 per year or greater are eligible to have a representative elected to the board from the membership. The Board may also elect an individual to the board based upon their special knowledge.

June 22, 2015 – Greenville, NC – At the NCEast Alliance’s May board meeting, Terry Frank of Frank Door and Millie Chalk of Duke Energy were unanimously elected to the board of directors.  Organizations contributing at the Regional Executive Membership level of $25,000 per year or greater are eligible to have a representative elected to the board from the membership. The Board may also elect an individual to the board based upon their special knowledge.

Mr. Frank replaces Greg Lewis and is the President and Owner of Frank Door in Newport, NC. Frank Door is the leading manufacturer of standard and custom cold storage doors serving a variety of industries including food and beverage, life sciences and healthcare. Mr. Frank relocated from Long Island, New York to Carteret County about a decade ago. NCEast’s predecessor organization in partnership with the NC Department of Commerce, assisted the company with its relocation to eastern NC.

“I have never looked back or regretted making the move. It was one of the better decisions of my life to move to eastern NC,” said Frank. “I look forward to serving on the NCEast board. Having moved a business from New York to eastern North Carolina gives me unique experiences that I can share with organizations that are considering making the move,” he continued. Mr. Frank has been involved in the Carteret community since his relocation to North Carolina, serving on the Carteret County Economic Development Council, the Carteret General Hospital Board, and recently elected to the Carteret County Board of Commissioners.

Ms. Chalk, an engineering graduate of NC State University, has spent more than 25 years with Duke Energy and has experienced a diverse career background in both the regulated and nonregulated utility business. Serving as the District Manager for Government and Community Relations, she is responsible for implementing strategies and plans to enhance customer satisfaction through relationship management with key local government and community leaders. She is also responsible for philanthropic giving through The Duke Energy Foundation.

A host of partners and investors have lent their support to the NCEast Alliance over the past year, which serves over two dozen counties in eastern NC 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 rapidly growing network of partners and supporters shows no signs of slowing.

Duke Energy is a recent organization to invest in NCEast at the membership level. Duke Energy is a leading provider of electric and gas services in a sustainable way – affordable, reliable and clean. As the largest electric power holding company in the United States Duke supplies and delivers energy to approximately 7.3 million U.S. customers. Duke’s commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets. Headquartered in N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

The NCEast Alliance is a regional, public/private, not-for-profit, economic development corporation serving 26 counties with approximately 1.3 million residents within several small metropolitan and micropolitan areas in eastern North Carolina from the fringe of the Research Triangle to the Atlantic Coast. 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).