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Oral History Interview with Sherwood Smith, March 23, 1999. Interview I-0079. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Sherwood Smith, chairman of the board of Carolina Power and Light (CP&L) reflects on the energy business, and business in general, in North Carolina from the 1960s to the late 1990s. As he moves from describing his role at CP&L to reflections on the wider economic life of North Carolina, Smith produces a picture of a state dedicated to economic growth and the intellectual and physical infrastructure to encourage it.
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  • A brief history of nuclear power in the U.S.
  • Absence of unions and other factors make for business-friendly environment
  • Huge role of regulation in nuclear power industry
  • Impact of environmentalism on CP&L
  • Conservation drives interest in nuclear energy
  • Growth factors in North Carolina
  • Various politicians help spur growth in North Carolina
  • Self-interest should drive companies to community contribution
  • Impact of physical space on networking
  • Growth of Research Triangle Park
  • Comparing Research Triangle Park and Global Transpark
  • Local expansion of North Carolina businesses, with help from the government
  • Integration went smoothly in North Carolina businesses
  • Women enter North Carolina workforce
  • Rosy future for North Carolina business
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  • Subjects
  • North Carolina--Politics and government--1951-
  • Research Triangle Park (N.C.)
  • Carolina Power and Light Company
  • Electric utilities--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • Nuclear industry--North Carolina
  • North Carolina Global TransPark Authority
  • Smith, Sherwood H.
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