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 pleaseview 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 corebusinessisregulatedretailnatural 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.


ElectriCitiesprovidescustomer 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.ElectriCitiesalso 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 withsuperiorelectricandconsumer 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 advocacyforbusinessesinterests. 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 Corporationwasestablishedin1937 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 callthesecustomers membersbecausethey 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, SEDCassistits 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. 



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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WasteIndustrieshas proudly provideditscustomers 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

TheAberdeenCarolina& Western Railwayisthe largest privatelyheldshortlineorregional 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 leaderingeotechnical, 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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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. 


Williams Mullen

Williams Mullen is a different kind of law firm. We blend the law, government relations and economic development to help get you where you want to go. We’re not interested in telling you why something can’t be done. We’re interested in finding solutions to make things work.

Tri County Electric

Sixty years after its meek beginning in 1940, Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation now serves over 20,400 consumers (member-owners), and operates and maintains 2,391 miles of line. The cooperative is an integral part of the communities it serves.

ATMC is a nonprofit cooperative, owned by its members, the people of Brunswick County. In the early 1950s the large telephone companies of the day were not interested in providing service to most of Brunswick County because they thought it was too rural. 

Sampson Bladen Oil Company, Inc. was founded in 1936. At this point our company was providing petroleum products to Sampson, Bladen and Columbus counties in North Carolina. 

Columbus Regional Healthcare System was founded in 1935 when local physician Dr. Warren Edwin Miller started a 12-bed hospital in a Victorian home in Whiteville.

Campbell Oil Company was started in 1948 and is a 3rd generation family owned business. We provide a full line of petroleum products to residential or commercial consumers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services is a family-owned and operated company, with a strong commitment to Caring with Excellence. Since 1870, the McNeill Family has developed and operated health care services in North Carolina.

Poyner Spruill has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Southern Pines, North Carolina, giving it a statewide presence. The firm’s size enables it to foster individual attorney excellence.

Jones-Onslow EMC is a member of Touchstone Energy®, an alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives across the country committed to providing superior service to all customers, large and small. We provide high standards of service to all customers —residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural.

Randolph EMC is dedicated to the delivery of energy and superior services in response to the needs of our members and communities. We are still “owned by those we serve.” Randolph EMC still operates on the basic premise of those original directors:“ To provide electrical power at an affordable cost while maintaining sound business principles.”  

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Genuine concern for the customer is our top priority, striving to create and deliver superior value in the financial services we provide by exceeding the expectations of our customers.