Plugging into economic development: A story about teamwork « Back to Search Results

The recipe for economic development – attracting more business and industry to a region – has an increasingly important ingredient: electricity. Once a straightforward utility service, electric service is now a nuanced element of economic success.

Electricity may not be not top-of-mind for some people, so it may be easy to overlook the way power companies contribute to regional business development.

Electric availability and cost are just the beginning considerations when corporations look at a region for relocation or expansion. “While availability and cost competitiveness will continue to be basic needs, electric customers are also asking for more advanced services, and also a partnership with their utility providers,” says Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer of Columbus (OH) 2020, an economic development initiative.

New facets of electric service catalyze the final sale for business expansion.

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