October 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Strategic Sites Inventory program will help address the state’s need to identify more quality sites for business expansion and location
ORLANDO, Fla. — Duke Energy recently awarded Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) a $120,000 grant to identify 100 sites within its Florida service area best suited for future large industrial and commercial projects. The new Strategic Sites Inventory (SSI) program will allow EFI and Duke Energy to identify, evaluate and present to communities optimal locations for prospective businesses.
“When Florida competes to win business location projects, particularly for large global companies, we are competing not only with sites in other Southeastern states, but also with sites in other countries,” said Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc. “It is important to our objective of bringing new businesses and jobs to the state to be able to demonstrate that we have a broad inventory of suitable sites that meet their criteria.”
Land in prime locations slated by communities for strategic development for industrial and manufacturing projects is at an all-time premium. Duke Energy’s investment in the SSI program provides communities in the initial program area with key information about best possible sites for development, giving these communities a distinct competitive advantage in winning new projects.
“Our partnership with Enterprise Florida on this important initiative underscores our shared focus and commitment to economic development and job creation in Florida,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. “The Strategic Sites Inventory program will enable the State of Florida to proactively market premium site locations and more effectively compete for projects through advanced site selection.”
Using specialized geographic information systems (GIS) technology, the program will initially identify at least 100 sites in 23 counties along logistically optimal routes for manufacturing. The next step is a complete review of the best 50 sites with regard to specific criteria pertaining to site configuration and parcel assembly, transportation and energy infrastructure, cultural and community impacts, wetlands impacts and environmental permitting considerations, and workforce availability. Lastly, the top 25 sites will receive a full screening. The results of the program will feed a pipeline for sites that Florida communities can take through an evaluation or site certification program, leading to additional qualified options for companies that want to grow in Florida, investing capital and adding jobs.
Duke Energy Florida
Duke Energy Florida owns coal-fired and natural gas generation providing about 9,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.7 million customers in a 20,000-square-mile service area. With its Florida regional headquarters located in St. Petersburg, Fla., Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
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