Leadership North Carolina Announces Grant from Duke Energy

For Immediate Release

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June 20, 2013

Raleigh – Leadership North Carolina (LNC), the state’s premier leadership engagement program, announces a grant of $50,000 from The Duke Energy Foundation in support of LNC’s economic development programming.  Each year LNC holds a two-day session focused on economic development and job creation issues as part of its six-session program for leaders across the state.  In recognition of this grant, which was announced last month, LNC will name this session the “Duke Energy Economic Development Session.”  It will next be held in New Bern March 4-6, 2014.

 “We are grateful for this tremendous grant and it is fitting that we recognize Duke Energy since they have been involved in Leadership North Carolina since our inception,” states Dr. Tony Zeiss, chair of the LNC Board of Directors, alumnus of LNC Class I,  and president of Central Piedmont Community College.  “It takes human and financial resources to achieve our mission and Duke Energy has been a longtime partner of LNC in both respects.  Leaders at Duke Energy have invested in LNC by participating in the program, serving as presenters and area experts during sessions, providing leadership as members of our Board of Directors, and finding value in our work as sponsors since our early days. ”

“Leadership North Carolina develops leaders across the state by bringing together bright minds focused on key areas affecting North Carolina’s business and cultural climates,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy State President – North Carolina. “Participants graduate from the program better equipped to serve North Carolinians and expand their own positive impacts on the state.”

About Leadership North Carolina

Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina.  Each year, though a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a diverse class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program.  Leadership North Carolina’s Class XX is made up of top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, LNC participants learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities.  LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas:  economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.  Through LNC’s program, participants gain new insight into North Carolina’s strengths and challenges and develop their own action plans for ways they can improve and empower their communities and the state as a whole.

The Leadership North Carolina program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to their state.  There are more than 900 graduates of the program whose continued ties to LNC and to one another provide them with rich opportunities for serving North Carolina.  LNC is an independent, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

 To find out more about Leadership North Carolina, please visit: www.leadershipnc.org.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

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