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Utilities & Permitting


Our award-winning local utility provider, Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) truly understands the local market. Benefits of locally owned utilities include greater reliability, efficient service, low costs, customer responsiveness, redundant power, and access to tax-exempt financing for capital projects.

GUC also provides electric water, sewer, and natural gas to 146,000 residents. It is the second largest municipal electric system in North Carolina.   


If you are looking to open or expand a business in Greenville, or you are developing a site or building for an economic development project, the Office of Economic Development is ready to serve as a liaison between your company and the City of Greenville’s Planning Division, the Inspections Division, and other local regulatory officials. The good news is that the City of Greenville takes a fast, streamlined approach to planning, zoning, and building permit reviews!  

East Carolina University is closely aligned with the community and region we call home, and we accept the challenges of eastern North Carolina as our own. We are 'open for business' collaborating daily with our education, industry, government, military and community partners. Whether preparing an innovation workforce, fueling new science and technologies, launching young entrepreneurs, creating new products, strengthening communities, or supporting job and investment creation, we remain committed economic development partners.