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Duke Energy gauging potential for industrial development on Randolph County farmland

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy officials say the company has chosen 200 acres of what was once farmland in Randolph County for potential industrial development.

The land, which is located north of Asheboro and west of Highway 220, will undergo a comprehensive assessment for possible industrial recruitment as part of the company’s 2013 Site Readiness Program, officials announced Monday.

Officials say the Site Readiness program is designed to help communities that are served by Duke Energy to compete for new companies and jobs.

“This site has tremendous possibilities,” said John Geib, Duke Energy’s economic development director for Randolph County.  “For the next six months, we’ll assess its strengths for specific target industries.”

Geib said the company has hired the McCallum Sweeney consulting firm to conduct a site study.

Duke Energy will present its findings to county officials late this summer.

Officials say more than 35 counties submitted applications for the Site Readiness program in North and South Carolina.

The Randolph County site was one of 10 sites chosen by the utility in N.C.