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Site Selection's Top Utilities in Economic Development

Atlanta, September 3, 2013: Site Selection magazine has selected its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development, based on the following mix of objective and subjective criteria: Analysis of corporate end-user project activity in 2012 in that company's territory based on the Conway Data New Plant Database and submitted materials from utilities; website tools and data; innovative programs and incentives for business, including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; and the utility's own job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends.

The winning utilities, in alphabetical order, are Alabama Power, Birmingham, Ala.; American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio; CenterPoint Energy, Houston, Texas; Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C.; Entergy, New Orleans, La.; FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio; Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach, Fla.; Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga.; LG&E-KU, Louisville, Ky.; and Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville, Tenn.

Those qualifying for Honorable Mention include Ameren, St. Louis, Mo.; ComEd (Exelon), Chicago, Ill.; Dominion Resources, Richmond, Va.; Hoosier Energy, Bloomington, Ind.; Idaho Power, Boise, Idaho; Kansas City Power & Light, Kansas City, Mo.; Mississippi Power, Gulfport, Miss.; National Grid, Syracuse, N.Y.; Santee Cooper/South Carolina Power Team, Columbia, S.C.; and Southern California Edison, Rosemead, Calif.

“This year's Top Utilities know how to help companies, projects and communities hit growth milestones,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. “And they all know it takes a lot more than special rates to get there.”

"Utilities play a key role as participants in the economic development efforts of cities, regions and all areas working to improve their local business climate," says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “This year's Top Utilities were particularly successful in this endeavor in 2012."

The Top Utilities article appears in the September 2013 edition of Site Selection and online at Also featured in the issue are Related reports on solar energy, infrastructure, logistics, and rural economic development. The issue also contains Site Selection's annual Canada 2013 Report, including the Canadian Competitiveness Award and Top Canadian Groups awards; international, regional and state spotlights; industry reports; and several of the magazine's popular Investment Profiles.

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online( TheSiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail newsletter, is delivered to approximately 44,000 industry professionals. The publication also publishes a growing family of e-newsletters, including “The Site Selection Energy Report,” “The Site Selection Life Sciences Report,” “Site Selection International,” and "The Site Selection Aerospace Report."

Conway Data is an international publishing and association management company headquartered in Atlanta. The firm manages the Industrial Asset Management Council. The firm also owns and manages  London-based Red Hot Locations, organizer of world-wide FDI events; Berlin-based FDI advisory firm Terrain Consulting; and New York-based The PONT Group, a leading PR and lead-generation firm.