GREENVILLE – Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 438-acre site at the Florence Regional Airport Industrial Park in Florence County, S.C., to participate in the utility’s 2014 Site Readiness Program. Strategically adjoining the Florence Regional Airport and eight miles from I-95, this large parcel of undeveloped land will undergo a comprehensive assessment for possible large-scale aerospace industrial recruitment. Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs. “This site has the potential to put Florence County on a fast track for economic development in the area of aerospace technology,” said Stuart Ames, Duke Energy’s economic development director for Florence County. “Many aerospace projects are seeking locations with runway access.
When we complete our due diligence, we hope this will bring aerospace companies and their suppliers to the region,” said Ames. As part of the six-month assessment, Duke Energy has hired McCallum Sweeney, a nationally known consulting firm, to conduct a site study. McCallum Sweeney has been instrumental in many high-profile automotive relocations and expansions. Duke Energy will work with professional land-use planners to develop conceptual plans for the site. Duke, McCallum Sweeney and the planners will present all recommendations at a final report meeting in Florence County. “Duke’s Site Readiness Program is regarded as one of the top programs in the United States.
We appreciate the opportunity and the recognition that this program has bestowed upon Florence County,” said Joe King, executive director, Florence County Economic Development Partnership. “Florence County and Duke Energy have continuously worked together to maintain a strong and progressive relationship to further advance the opportunities for this area,” said King. Duke Energy’s economic development team forges strategic relationships with prospective industries nationally and globally. “However, our competitive edge comes from knowing our customers,” said Stu Heishman, Duke Energy’s vice president of economic development. “We have strong relationships with the local communities we serve.
We understand the needs of those areas and work to find the right industries and businesses to meet those needs.” Duke Energy’s overall economic development program has also been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs. Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are 75 acres or larger, served by the utility. A qualified site can be best suited either for a single, large industrial facility, data center, or for a potential industrial park (multi-tenant site). For more information about Duke Energy’s economic development programs, visit www. considerthecarolinas.com