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The Towns of Huntersville and Cornelius were two of over 20 North Carolina cities and towns who received Public Power Awards of Excellence at the ElectriCities Annual Conference awards banquet. 

Specifically, Huntersville and Cornelius received the Competitive Business Environment award, recognizing efforts by the towns to create a strong business climate, including economic development planning and community/regional partnerships, an online economic development presence and focus on key accounts customers.

The award recognized the positive steps the two towns have taken with their partner Davidson in the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation in purchasing and developing the land for the Commerce Station business park.  These positive steps have translated into more than 450 jobs and over $130 million in capital investment in the park by Pactiv Corporation (formerly Prairie Packaging) and ABB, whose cable manufacturing facility will open in 2012.

ElectriCities also identified the role Lake Norman Regional EDC plays in promoting the towns and the region through its website, partners and current and prospective businesses.  Its website (www.lakenormanregion.com) promotes the towns for economic development purposes.  The three towns also link to the EDC website as do ElectriCities, the Charlotte Chamber’s economic development office and the state Department of Commerce.

In 2009, the LNREDC established a Business Retention and Expansion program for the towns.  This program targets the top local businesses and industries and proactive contact and visits with these companies.  The goal of the program is to assist with problems the companies may be experiencing, and to encourage these companies to grow and expand in place, thereby creating new jobs and capital investment for the towns.  The LNREDC has also begun Corporate Roundtable events focusing on topics of interest to the corporate executives in the region.  Recent topics focused on healthcare, transportation and the changing economic conditions.

For more information about these programs or economic development activities in the Lake Norman region towns of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, visit www.lakenormanregion.com

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