Duke Selects SC Spots for Site Readiness Program

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Duke Energy recently announced that the company has selected five South Carolina properties for participation in its 2014 Site Readiness Program to prepare the properties for potential industrial development.

The program identifies, evaluates and improves industrial sites in the company’s service territory to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs.

The properties chosen to participate in the 2014 program are: The Capps II Industrial Site in Marion County; the Florence Regional Airport Industrial Park in Florence County; Alligator Industrial Park in Chesterfield County; the Reliance Industrial Site in Marlboro County; and farmland in Williamsburg County.

McCallum Sweeney Consulting will conduct site studies.

As part of the program, Duke Energy will collaborate with county leaders and local economic development professionals to develop a strategy for providing water, sewer, natural gas and electricity to the sites.

At the completion of the program, Duke Energy will present its findings, which include a detailed report and conceptual drawings, to county officials.

Since 2006, Duke Energy has evaluated 114 sites in the Carolinas and has won 12 major projects on those properties, which has resulted in approximately 2,100 jobs and $2.9 billion in capital investment, said Stu Heishman, Duke Energy’s vice president for economic and business development, in a news release. Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program’s ideal candidates are 75 acres or larger and served by the utility. A qualified site can be suited for a single, large industrial facility or data center, or a potential industrial park (multi-tenant site).

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