John Nelms is senior economic development manager for Duke Energy, coordinating and managing economic development activities for the company in Central North Carolina. John began his utility industry career at Progress Energy in 2005 as a business development executive for economic development, covering a 12-county region in Southeastern North Carolina. He has a 25-year career in economic development that includes stints at the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the NC Department of Commerce, and Wake County Economic Development. John currently serves on the Executive Committee for NC Southeast. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the North Carolina Economic Development Association.