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P R O V I D E D B Y N T E E N E R G Y • Serving Fayetteville and Cumberland County for over ffty years with high- quality education and convenient study options • Offering over 190 affordable programs of study leading to the award of associate degree, certifcate or diploma • Customized skills training to meet site-specifc expansion and relocation needs • Three convenient locations: Fayetteville campus, Spring Lake campus, and Fort Bragg Center (located within the Bragg Training and Education Center) — plus online, anytime! • Military and veteran friendly, including the All American Veterans Center Changing lives and supporting economic development through education square-foot center. In February 2012, Dallas-based AT&T Inc. committed to a $200 million data center — one of 30 it operates nationwide — in a 470,000- square-foot building that was completed in 2014. "We spent a lot of time visiting and evaluating sites across the country and used a prioritized set of criteria and fi lters to determine which sites offered the best fi t for our needs," AT&T spokesman Josh Gelinas said. "Based on those criteria, which included lower susceptibility for natural disasters and good business climate, we chose Kings Mountain." Technical support from utilities is often needed when recruiting companies and supporting existing ones. That's especially true for businesses that require large quantities of power at an affordable price. So as more data-center owners have taken an interest in North Carolina, Duke Energy's role has become more star than supporting. Margie Bukowski, senior vice president at Kannapolis-based Cabarrus Economic Development Inc., was an N.C. Department of Commerce business- development representative when she helped attract AT&T and Disney World- wide to Kings Mountain and a Facebook Inc. data center to rural Rutherford County. "The role of Duke Energy was catalytic." The utility, which is the nation's largest and has 3.2 million customers in North Carolina, was instrumental in helping recruit Google Inc. to Lenoir in NTE Energy is building a power plant in Kings M supply and transmission lines it needs.

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