Duke Energy awards $200,000 in grants to support economic development in Florida

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 13, 2022 /CSRwire/ — Duke Energy Florida is investing $200,000 in strategic economic development and recruitment programs across the state.

Grants from the Duke Energy Foundation will help communities across the state attract, create, and grow businesses, as well as meet new recruiting and workforce challenges.

“These community partners are delivering meaningful results for our state, and we are proud to support their ongoing commitment to growing our economy and improving the quality of life for all residents,” said Melissa Seixas, State Chair of Duke Energy in Florida.

One of this year’s recipients is Enterprise Florida. State economic development agency receives $25,000 grant to provide opportunity to host and build relationships with site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives attending events Team Florida. These events will help improve the perception of doing business in Florida and raise awareness of opportunities in the state.

“Enterprise Florida is grateful for the continued investment and partnership with Team Florida,” said Destin Wells, senior vice president of business development for Enterprise Florida Inc. “This year is a renewal and resurgence of the marketing cooperative of the state, and Duke Energy has always been there not only with the financial support, but also with its strategic thinking and leadership.”

Additional grants have been awarded to the following organizations that are helping to create vibrant economies in communities served by Duke Energy:

Statewide

Chambers Economic Partnership Foundation – $5,000. The Foundation for the Economic Partnership of the Chambers will create a website dedicated to the marketing of an industrial site.

Business Florida – $25,000. Enterprise Florida will host Team Florida events to strengthen relationships with site selection consultants and corporate real estate leaders.

Tampa Bay Area

Citrus County Economic Development Board – $15,000. The Citrus County Economic Development Council will create a multi-level marketing campaign that will increase global exposure and economic development leads and win projects for the county.

Pinellas City Park – $5,000. The City of Pinellas Park will update its economic development marketing materials, purchase and install new business retention software, and cover conference attendance costs.

Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. – $10,000. The Pasco Economic Development Council will create a Workforce Development video showcasing their workerCONNECT program and the talent pipeline in Pasco County.

Hernando County Board of Commissioners – $10,000. The Hernando County program will target and recruit manufacturing and aviation/aerospace businesses in Hernando County through targeted meetings with projects considering relocation and/or expansion over the next 12-24 month.

Greater Orlando Area

Orlando Future Foundation – $50,000. The Foundation for Orlando’s Future program will launch the Property and Community Database to help local governments research demographic information, small businesses seeking market research, and out-of-region users explore business opportunities. investment in the central Florida market.

Highland County Board of Commissioners – $10,000. As part of its multi-year marketing campaign, the Highlands County Office of Economic Development will target additional events such as the Commercial Drone and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Expo.

Lake County Board of County Commissioners – $10,000. Lake County will create a promotional video to showcase its prime location in Central Florida to attract and grow business. Elevate Lake and the Lake County Office of Economic Development will work with Visit Lake, Lake County’s tourism office, to produce the video.

Seminole County – $10,000. Seminole County will develop an integrated social media campaign and marketing materials to mitigate negative impacts on local businesses and provide its community with much-needed resources for development and expansion.

Greater Tallahassee; Gainesville area

Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Inc. Foundation – $10,000. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation program will facilitate a marketing campaign that targets and solicits the attraction of businesses and talent to the Greater Gainesville area.

North Florida Economic Development Partnership Foundation Inc. – $20,000. The North Florida Economic Development Partnership Foundation will continue to survey strategic sites for economic development and identify a list of industries to target for recruitment.

Great Northwest Foundation of Florida – $10,000. Florida’s Great Northwest Foundation will expand its “Go Beyond Our Beaches” campaign by creating additional marketing materials and connecting messaging through events and venues featuring site selection consultants and business leaders .

Sumter County – $10,000. Sumter County will update its economic development website with new photos and major revisions, including new content and an updated website design.

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of the communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation gives more than $30 million annually in charitable donations and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. For more information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 51,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with targets of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net zero carbon emissions of 2050. The company is one of the leading renewable energies in the United States. supplier, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major power grid upgrades and expanded battery storage, and exploring technologies zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2021 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Top Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. the Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram and Facebook.

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Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. its unregulated unit Duke Energy Renewables.

Duke Energy is transforming the experience of its customers, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the United States, as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Top Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. the Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues.

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