Corporate Partners

Being visible to top executives and site consultants requires a consistently high level of financial commitment that is beyond the reach of most communities. Regionalism unites the Southeast’s counties and municipalities around a common brand, enabling them to gain recognition nationally and beyond.

The Southeastern Partnership, a 501c6 organization, is a unique public-private partnership that allows business leaders in the region to help guide North Carolina’s Southeast in marketing and regional initiatives that will positively impact economic growth. To partner with us in achieving this mission please view our brochure or contact our President, Steve Yost.


Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers. Duke Energy has approximately 57,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. Their commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.



Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust, and wealth management solutions. We invite you to learn more about us, our company, and our philosophy.



Our core business is regulated retail natural gas distribution in the growing Southeast markets. We leverage the strengths of these markets and our core abilities to pursue complementary non-utility business opportunities with particular focus on wholesale and retail energy services. We provide safe and reliable service and continuously find and implement operational efficiencies. We market and deliver our products and services using best practices and cost effective technologies. We continue to be a leader in the natural gas industry and do so with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.



ElectriCities provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government affairs, and legal services. Through consolidation of these services, members save their customers the expense of administering these functions locally. ElectriCities also provides management services to the state’s two municipal Power Agencies: North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1) and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA).



Our mission at Brunswick EMC is to provide our cooperative membership with superior electric and consumer services through open communication, utilizing a highly-trained, efficient work force in conjunction with a knowledgeable and well-informed membership.



First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company is a North Carolina state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA/ FCNCB), a Delaware financial holding company also headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.



The Alliance is a division of the Fayetteville Regional Chamber but funded separately by its public and private members. This funding mechanism allows the Chamber membership to fund activities that directly impact the general business community and advocacy for businesses interests. As a division of the Chamber, The Alliance can benefit from the economies of scale that a larger organization provides but maintain a separate focus on growing jobs and investment in the community.



Four County Electric Membership Corporation was established in 1937 by a group of community leaders working together to bring electricity to the rural areas. The first lines were built in 1938 with a loan from the U.S. Rural Electrification Administration. Today, more than 4,900 miles of overhead, underground, and transmission lines provide reliable electric service to over 32,000 services which include residences, farms, businesses, industries, churches, and schools.



Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation is an electric cooperative owned by the more than 42,300 people we serve in Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, and Cumberland counties. We call these customers members because they elect the directors who guide this not-for-profit cooperative.



The mission of the North Carolina State Ports Authority is to enhance the economy of the State of North Carolina. The Ports Authority will be managed like a business focused on the requirements of our customers. North Carolina’s Ports will be recognized for our self-sustaining operations, environmental stewardship, highly efficient workforce, satisfied customers, and modern, well-maintained facilities and equipment.


The Public Works Commission was created on March 4, 1905, through an act of the State Legislature, to manage, operate, and supervise the three utilities -- electric, water and sanitary sewer -- as well as to be responsible for operating the city market stalls, and to test weights and measures.



SEDC strives to create new jobs, retain existing jobs, and stimulate economic and industrial growth in southeastern North Carolina. Because of the financial need for projects such as public facilities and infrastructure, SEDC assist its member county governments with project development necessary for the solicitation of grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).



Southeastern Health, a non-profit organization, is a comprehensive health care system which offers a wide array of health care services through its affiliated divisions. The organization is accredited by The Joint Commission and has been designated as a Magnet organization. Southeastern Health includes Southeastern Regional Medical Center, which is licensed for 452 beds and offers a combination of acute care, intensive care and psychiatric services to more than 16,000 inpatients and 76,000 emergency patients annually.



SunTrust Banks, Inc., with total assets of $171.5 billion on June 30, 2013, is one of the nation's leading financial services holding companies. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range of retail, business and institutional clients. Other subsidiaries provide mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.



The Aberdeen & Rockfish System is a progressive rail transportation company serving customers in Cumberland, Hoke and Moore Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County South Carolina.  Our mission is to be the freight carrier of choice in the counties we serve by providing our customers with value-added services that meet and exceed expectations. 



McGuireWoods has been a strong, well-respected and expanding firm for more than 175 years. This legacy is a testament to our lawyers’ experience across business and industry, as well as our consistent ability to deliver an excellent legal product — efficiently and at a fair price. Some of our clients have been with us for nearly 50 years, which speaks to the level of service we provide and the mutual loyalty we engender.



Pee Dee Electric is a member -owned cooperative that provides reliable electricity and related services while focusing on value, quality customer service, and enhancing life in the communities we serve.



Scotland Health Care System in Laurinburg, North Carolina is proud to be the community's health care system. We are a community owned and controlled not-for-profit organization that includes Scotland Memorial Hospital, Scotland Regional Comprehensive Care, Hospice of Scotland County, The Edwin Morgan Center, Scotland Regional Health Network, and the Scotland Memorial Foundation.



South River EMC is a non-profit organization chartered in 1940. The cooperative’s electric plant is valued in excess of $150 million. The cooperative has just over 5,339 miles of energized distribution and transmission lines and 36 substations.



The Mission of Lumbee Guaranty Bank is simple: We are dedicated to providing our shareholders with a solid return on their investment, and committed to providing our customers with the best products, and personalized service available today. This is our commitment to you and this will always be our main objective as "Your Community Bank."


North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable energy and related services to more than 950,000 households and businesses from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks.


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Waste Industries has proudly provided its customers with the highest quality, customer-focused, cost effective, and environmentally sound solutions to solid waste disposal and recycling available to date. It has been our goal from the day we began our operations in 1970 to go above and beyond expectations, providing a level of service that allows for each and every one of our customers to put waste out of their minds entirely. 


Aberdeen Carolina & Western

The Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway is the largest privately held shortline or regional freight railroad in North Carolina that connects with both CSX and Norfolk Southern national rail networks. Our lines run from Charlotte towards Raleigh, and extends south towards Pinehurst. Logistically, our railroad is centrally located between all major metropolitan areas in NC. We actively market greenfield industrial sites along our corridor to attract new industry.


Southern Industrial Constructors

Southern Industrial has been safely and cost-effectively providing industrial construction services, including civil work and concrete design, to manufacturing and process industries on a turnkey and stand-alone basis for over five decades.



Founded in 1988, Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is a leader in geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities engineering. 25 years ago, our goal was to raise the standards of professional consulting engineering by hiring industry professionals who understood the complexities of building and maintaining modern infrastructures.




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Robeson County Committee of 100

The Robeson Committee of 100 is a public-private partnership for Robeson County that supports economic development and planning in the county, and collaborate with regional and state partners to generate economic growth.


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McGladrey is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. We guide our clients through complex business challenges by understanding their needs and bringing together the right team to address them. With more than 7,000 people in 75 U.S. cities and access to more than 32,000 people in 100 countries through our membership in RSM International, we can meet your needs wherever in the world you do business.


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Serving southeastern North Carolina, the Wilmington International Airport is truly a gem on the East Coast.  Specializing in hospitality and offering a wealth of convenience, ILM provides the southern coast with flight options through Delta Airlines and US Airways.  ILM offers many non-stop flights to popular destinations within the US such as Philadelphia and Washington DC and is only one stop away from the world. 

Cape Fear Farm Credit provides loans to more than 2,500 farmers and rural North Carolina residents. We're a cooperative, which means we’re in business to benefit our member-borrowers. We have 11 branch offices in our 12-county territory, and our members vote for directors directly from our membership. 


Wk Dickson

WK Dickson & Co., Inc. provides planning, design, and engineering consulting services to support a community’s infrastructure needs. This includes water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, airports, parks & recreation, sustainable site development, and geographic information services.