Havelock's proposed industrial park gets backing from Duke Energy

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 05:51 PM.

Duke Energy has hired the consulting firm of McCallum Sweeney to help city and county planners conduct a site study and make recommendations to local leaders.

“We are pleased to have Craven County in the program,” Stuart Heishman, Duke Energy’s vice president of economic development, said in a statement.

He pointed out that since Duke Energy started the program in 2006, 12 major projects have been produced, leading to the creation of 2,100 jobs and $2.9 billion in capital investment out of 114 evaluated sites.

Duke Energy will also market the project nationally, according to a release.

Lewis credited the hard work of Downs and Roger Sauls, the city’s economic development consultant with Davenport Lawrence.

“Roger, who used to be with CP&L, is the one who brought this project to our attention and said you need to be looking at this,” Lewis said.

Havelock Commissioner Danny Walsh said private property owners, including the Jackson family and Weyerhaeuser, as well as the city, county and Havelock Regional Development Corporation have come together for the project.

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