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Entergy again makes top 10 for economic development efforts

EntergyNEW ORLEANS — For the seventh consecutive year, Entergy Corporation has been named one of the nation’s top 10 utilities in economic development for 2013 by Site Selection magazine.

The company was chosen for its efforts to help attract nearly $21 billion in projects, which could result in as many as 9,200 jobs across its four-state service territory of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

“We’ve dramatically stepped up our economic development efforts through the formation of a corporate business and economic development department that reinforces and supports the efforts our local economic development employees are making in attracting new business, retaining existing companies and helping them grow,” said Mark Kleehammer, vice president of Entergy’s Business Development Services. “We’re in a unique position here along the Gulf Coast, and we continue to play an integral role in the ongoing industrial renaissance taking place in our own backyard. Not only will attracting business and industry help grow our business, it also will provide increased employment and economic opportunities for the citizens we serve.”

Site Selection chose the top utilities based in part on jobs created and investments made in their respective service areas. Arkansas and Mississippi saw successes, Texas led the way with the creation of 3,183 jobs and Louisiana led in corporate capital investment activity with more than $17 billion planned.

The magazine recognized Entergy for its major system-level initiatives, which include its Strategic Sites Initiative, its Certified Sites Program and a planned rebuild and redesign of the Entergy Site Selection Center, the company’s GIS buildings and sites database. To help customer speed-to-market, a team of engineering project managers also was created.

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