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Top 5 Advantages of Contacting Entergy Early in the Site Selection Process

Entergy Economic Development - Sam Richardson

By Sam Richardson, Manager, Business Development

Posted March 28, 2017 in Site Selection

When relocating, or expanding your business, calling the utility company is probably not your first priority. Often that call is made in the final stages of site selection to check rates, or schedule service to be connected. However, there are a lot of not-so-obvious advantages to contacting us much earlier in the site selection process.

Why? Because we can provide much more than just guidance on your energy needs. You may already know that Entergy prepares electrical infrastructure plans and provides the best possible rates, but did you know we can also identify ideal sites for your industry?  Entergy has an entire Business Development Team ready to provide comprehensive support for businesses interested in relocating or expanding.

If you already have your eye on a site, we can evaluate the location and ensure it is economically feasible to pursue from an electrical infrastructure perspective.  And, by supplying estimates of the costs and time for construction of any needed infrastructure, we help you to get a handle on the entire relocation cost from day one.

Interested in learning more? We’ve put together a list of the top five reasons why connecting with Entergy early in the site selection process will help your relocation go smoothly.

1. We Have Broader Horizons.

Whereas many economic developers work at the state or local agency level, Entergy’s service areas include parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Within you’ll find certain pockets particularly well suited for specific industry.

For example, metal fabrication is strong in Texas, whereas Mississippi is a prime location for the food processing industry. We can help you find the right balance of incentives, infrastructure, workforce and more. Instead of working with multiple local agencies, Entergy can provide you with objective information about a four-state region that’s rich with opportunity.

2. We Walk the Walk.

At Entergy, we’ve invested millions of dollars in infrastructure to do business here. As a Fortune 500 company with revenues of more than $12 billion, we are well versed in what businesses need to succeed. When we recommend the incentive programs, workforce and tax benefits in our area, it’s because we use them too. In fact, our success is a tribute to the pro-business nature of our region.

3. We’re Invested.

We are only as successful as the people we serve. Developing business in our region creates sustainable value and improves the well-being of our customers, employees and communities.

We have in-depth knowledge of the businesses here, as well as the community’s wants and needs, which translates into a smoother transition for you. We live and work here, so naturally, Entergy is dedicated not only to attracting business, but also seeing that business thrive.

4. We’ve Got a Team for That.

Having a single source for relocation assistance is priceless. When you work with Entergy, you’ll be assigned a subject matter expert who will support your project from start to finish. Our services include:

and much, much more. We understand the complexities major industries face, and our teams of engineers, analysts, researchers and business developers can handle even the largest of projects seamlessly.

5. We Know Power.

Simply put, power is key to industrial site selection. Why wouldn’t you want to work with the experts? Our teams can evaluate a site for power supply needs and catch issues such as right-of-way or lack of power lines, which could set your project back years if left unchecked. Entergy’s four-state region enjoys some of the lowest industrial utility rates in the U.S., 20 percent below the national average. Drawing on diverse energy sources, and a selection of rates and riders, we can determine the best rates for your business.

Entergy has an entire Business Development Team ready to provide comprehensive support for businesses interested in relocating or expanding.

Key Industries

Advanced Materials, Agribusiness, Automotive Manufacturing, Chemical Products, Data Centers, Distribution and Warehousing, Energy Services & Manufacturing, Food Processing, Metal Fabrication, Primary Metals, Wood and Paper Products

Entergy Economic Development - Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson has been with Entergy Corporation for 34 years, serving in a variety of roles in Customer Service, Sales and Marketing. As Manager, Corporate Business Development, he promotes the Entergy service area in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana to existing and potential new industrial customers.