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How 73 Organizations Are Protecting the Carolinas’ Waterways

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Duke Energy is proud to support the countless water stewards in our communities who are implementing innovative projects that protect our natural resources. In 2014, we established the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million, multiyear commitment to leave a lasting impact on our region’s waterways by expanding nonprofit partnerships and enhancing the environments where families live, play and work.

Community Project to Manage Stormwater Benefits 765 Acres in the Jordan Lake Watershed

Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program
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The Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program, supported by Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund, focuses on the implementation of Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) for BMP installation in the Jordan Lake Watershed, specifically in the Upper New Hope Creek sub watersheds.

Duke Energy Awards More than $300,000 to 10 Urban Redevelopment Projects in Greater Cincinnati

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  • Urban Revitalization catalyst grants given to projects that will reduce blight and building vacancies, create jobs, and increase business retention/expansion and workforce training opportunities
  • Program aims to spur additional economic development activities in the community
  • Duke Energy has issued $1.88 million in grants to 58 projects in Ohio and Kentucky since the redevelopment program launched in 2011
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  • Urban Revitalization catalyst grants given to projects that will reduce blight and building vacancies, create jobs, and increase business retention/expansion and workforce training opportunities
  • Program aims to spur additional economic development activities in the community
  • Duke Energy has issued $1.88 million in grants to 58 projects in Ohio and Kentucky since the redevelopment program launched in 2011

Duke Energy Work From Home Program Benefits Customers, Employees

Mike Weatherspoon can respond quickly to customer calls from his new home office
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Mike Weatherspoon didn’t create his Duke Room for watching Duke University Blue Devils basketball. It’s for taking calls as a senior customer service virtual care specialist at Duke Energy. 

“Some people have man caves,” he said, “but I have a Duke Room.”

Weatherspoon, known to his co-workers as Mike Spoon, was one of the first customer service specialists in Charlotte to participate in a Virtual Customer Care Program where employees are based at home. This work-from-home setup is benefiting employees who enjoy a reduced commute, but it also helps customers.

Duke Energy Customer Service Week: Sean Tucker Embraces Teamwork at Work and on the Court

Lessons from basketball translate to the customer contact center for Sean Tucker. Companies are recognizing employees during Customer Service Week, Oct. 2-6
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Sean Tucker experienced the thrill of a lifetime on the basketball court, learning lessons he’s certain will make him a better teammate to his colleagues at work and to the customers they serve.

Duke Energy Foundation Increases Hurricane Irma Relief Contributions to $1 Million

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  • The company initially donated $250,000 to Florida Disaster Fund; additional $750,000 invested in United Way agencies, local community agencies and Duke Energy's Energy Neighbor Fund.
     
  • Funds will help assist communities during recovery activities
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  • The company initially donated $250,000 to Florida Disaster Fund; additional $750,000 invested in United Way agencies, local community agencies and Duke Energy's Energy Neighbor Fund.
     
  • Funds will help assist communities during recovery activities

A Baker's Dozen: Duke Energy Economic Development Honored by Site Selection Magazine

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- For the 13th consecutive year, Duke Energy has been named to Site Selection magazine's annual list of "Top Utilities in Economic Development."

In the magazine's September edition, it credits Duke Energy's economic development team and its successful collaboration with state and local partners for delivering more than $4 billion in capital investments and more than 14,000 new jobs in 2016. Duke Energy has been featured on the list every year since 2005.

Honoring the Legacy of Artist and Activist Romare Bearden

Stunning sculpture highlights Bearden’s pioneering path
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Charlotte’s newest public art – a swirling sculpture to make the city fall in love with a native son all over again – thrusts a gentle steel spear point into the sky above Romare Bearden Park.

Duke Energy Plans North Carolina's Largest Battery Storage Projects as Part of Western Carolinas Modernization Plan

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  • Two projects planned; slated for Buncombe and Madison counties in western North Carolina
  • Will help with reliability and provide energy grid support to Duke Energy system
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  • Two projects planned; slated for Buncombe and Madison counties in western North Carolina
  • Will help with reliability and provide energy grid support to Duke Energy system

After Hurricane Irma, How Power Gets Restored

Crews From the Midwest Traveling to Florida to Help Get the Lights Back On
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By Jessica Wells

Mike Volrich will celebrate 30 years with Duke Energy next week, but he is still finding new opportunities. On Monday, he traveled to Florida to work a hurricane for the first time. 

He has worked countless ice storms and tornadoes in Indiana throughout his career, and although they have different hazards, he approaches them all with the same mindset.

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