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Duke Energy Assesses 1700-Acre Chatham Co. Tract For Business Potential

An aerial view of the site.
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A large parcel of undeveloped land near Siler City has been chosen by Duke Energy to take part in the utility's Site Readiness Program. The utility selected a total of 17 sites in the Carolinas, ten of which are in North Carolina. Duke Energy's Jeff Brooks says the 1700-acre Chatham County tract will be assessed for its potential to lure large industry and manufacturing to the area and calls it a "win-win" for everyone.

“As part of the local community, we have the relationships and understand the importance of bringing new industry to the area,” Brooks says. “Obviously, new industry helps increase our customer base but it also develops a community so that it offers jobs and the potential for growth and that helps our customers thrive and remain healthy and that helps our state and our business.”

Duke Energy will issue recommendations for Chatham County following the 6-month assessment period. Other sites being evaluated are in Randolph, Nash, and Harnett Counties.

The 1700 acre site being evaluated.
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The location of the site.

Fed up with the frigid winters of her native state, Catherine was lured to North Carolina in 2006. She grew up in Wisconsin where she spent much of her time making music and telling stories. Prior to joining WUNC, Catherine hosted All Things Considered and classical music at Wisconsin Public Radio. She got her start hosting late-nights and producing current events talk shows for the station's Ideas Network. She later became a fill-in talk show host and recorded books for WPR's popular daily program, Chapter A Day.
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