North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2012

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The of labor, and it still won't be completed until early 2012. Considering the fi nancial incentives they've come up with to win some of the projects, local and state governments think data centers are well worth the investment. It took a package that included a 50% real-estate tax break and 85% break on personal property — hun- dreds of millions of dollars in computers and servers — for Apple to choose North Carolina over Virginia. Over the next decade, Apple's various incentives could amount to $300 million. Duke Energy's role in recruiting data centers has been crucial, and its success could benefi t all of its business and residential customers. "When large users come into a region, they're going to help spread the cost of our system to more players," Carter says. A more immediate question might be how will Duke's impending merger with Raleigh-based Progress Energy Corp., which will create the nation's largest electric utility, affect its role? Their combined territory — Duke covers most of the western part of the state; Progress, the eastern — serves 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Carter says Duke's and Progress' recruiting policies are similar, and a merger would further standardize them. "More impor- tantly, we have also talked about leveraging both generating operations into one, and there are some savings in that process." Analysts say the outlook for data centers in the state is obviously better than that of the old-industry standbys whose lifeblood helped bring them here. Millar has seen the thriving times for the traditional industries, and he understands the connec- tion to the future economy. "You can look at electricity in several ways. It's important because of the amount these centers use and the cost. And it's important because of the structures we already have in place available to deliver it, because of the cataclysmic events that have resulted in the loss of our furniture and textiles." North Carolina EDG O[ [\ \^[S^MY gave me the chance to learn more about TCOM and really apply what I'd learned in the classroom. Bradley Perkins, Electronics Technician, TCOM And that's why I Elizabeth City. X[bQ For Bradley Perkins and Rick Anderson, electronics technicians working on air defense and surveillance airships and aerostats, every day is busy keeping sealer machines in top working order. Bradley took electronics courses at Gates County High School, and then enrolled in College of the Albemarle where he learned about TCOM through a co-op program. Rick is completing the same program. "We're the behind-the-scenes backbone of the company," says Bradley. "What we do here is important." Education.6a_` [ZQ Y[^Q ^QM_[Z 1XUfMNQ`T /U`e U_ M _YM^` OT[UOQ To tap into our workforce, call the Albemarle Economic Development Commission toll-free at 1-888-338-1678. DiscoverEC.com Go Beyond Six Sigma: Innovative Problem Solving with I-TRIZ This 4½-day course in problem-solving complements Lean Six Sigma. Offered in NC exclusively at Edgecombe Community College. Contact Dr. Randi Dikeman at dikemanr@edgecombe.edu. ( %%% #

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