Granite Falls is located in southern Caldwell County North Carolina, just north of Hickory, on U. S. Highway 321. Its history dates back before the Revolutionary War. Its origins can be traced to land grants dating back to 1754. Granite Falls was incorporated on May 1, 1899 and was named after the Falls on Gunpowder Creek, where a solid formation of granite spans the creek. Read more about the Town's history. »
The Town of Granite Falls Town Council receiving five 2013 Public Power Awards of Excellence at the Town Council meeting held October 7, 2013. Pictured left to right are Council Members Max McRary, Frank Mackie and Dr. Caryl B. Burns, NCMPA1 Operations Manager Gregg Welch who presented the awards on behalf of ElectriCities, Mayor Barry Hayes and Council Members Tracy Townsend, Mike Mackie and Jim Mackie.
2013 NC Public Power Awards of Excellence Announced
Raleigh, NC, Sept. 30, 2013 - Twenty-one public power communities across the state received 2013 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and community energy efficiency promotion. The Town of Granite Falls received the following five awards:
Competitive Business Environment
The Competitive Business Environment award recognizes efforts by the city to create a strong business climate, including economic development planning and community/regional partnering, an online economic development presence and focus on key accounts customers.
The Energy Efficiency award recognizes efforts by the city with energy-efficient building programs, energy education and energy audits.
The Financial Stability award recognizes customer options throughout the billing process, including: equal payment programs, alternate payment methods such as online billing and payment, credit card payments and multiple payment locations. This award also recognizes community partnerships to help customers in need and the implementation of new technology within the electric system.
The Legislative Involvement award recognizes city staff and officials’ involvement in the legislative process on issues pertaining to public power. The award recognizes city officials actively engaging with their legislative delegation, participation in ElectriCities-sponsored events and involvement in the Public Power Grassroots Network.
The Service Excellence award recognizes outstanding efforts by the city to communicate with customers through advertisements, online resources, social media or other community-based methods. The award also addresses emergency communications and community public power celebrations.
ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. (ElectriCities), North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1), North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) - More than 70 North Carolina public power communities, municipally owned and operated electric systems, serve more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in North Carolina. ElectriCities' members in NC, SC and VA serve more than one million customers. Most have been providing reliable electric service for 100 years or more. ElectriCities is the service organization that provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government relations and legal services to public power communities. ElectriCities provides management services to the state’s two municipal Power Agencies: NCMPA1 and NCEMPA. NCMPA1 has 19 member cities in the western part of North Carolina and NCEMPA has 32 member cities in eastern North Carolina. More information about ElectriCities is available at www.electricities.com. Follow us on Twitter @ElectriCitiesNC and on Facebook at ElectriCities of NC.
The Southeast's newest McDonalds held their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 23, 2012 and is now open for business.
Burke’s Outlet held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony October 12, 2012 at their newest store in the Shoppes at Rivercrest.
Lubrimetal Corporation held their Factory Dedication and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 4, 2012. Lubrimetal is a family owned Italian based company. Granite Falls was chosen as the first location in the United States for a manufacturing facility.
On behalf of the Town Council and citizens of Granite Falls, I thank you for visiting our website. I am proud to serve as Mayor of my hometown, and I hope our website will show you a small portion of the people, places and services that make Granite Falls a wonderful place to live.
Located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and on two lakes of the Catawba River chain, our town offers home sites with views and amenities that are unique even in our beautiful state. Our town is too beautiful and friendly to appreciate fully through a website visit. So when you "log off", pack a bag and come visit us. We will take you to see the "Falls at Gunpowder Creek" from which our town derives its name, peaceful Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and many other historic and natural sites.
Again, I am happy you visited our website and I hope to see you soon.
National Quilting Month - Special Exhibit During March at the Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum
Granite Tablet January/ February 2014 Edition
Energy Saving Tips for Cold Weather
Citizen Application for Advisory Boards & Committees
Helpful Information for Navigating All Way Stop Intersections
Automated Waste & Recycling Collection - Now Available in the Town of Granite Falls!
North Carolina Air Quality Forecasts
Granite Falls Town Code of Ordinances
Town of Granite Falls Budget 2013-2014
2013-2014 Town of Granite Falls Fee Schedule
Granite Falls Pedestrian Plans
Granite Falls Is Now In Drought Management Stage 0 - No Restrictions, Click Here For More Info
Granite Falls Merchants Association
Great story about Alan Huffman and the Antiquities Vending Co. from the News & Observer
Town of Granite Falls Downtown Facade Improvement Program -Grant Opportunity
Federal Tax Credits For Energy Effiiciency
The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to offer automatic draft for your utility bills (water, sewer and electric). Save gas and time with this new bill paying option. Please call the Town Offices at 396-3131 for details or to sign up.
Country Music Star and Granite Falls Native Eric Church Debuts His New Album at Home!
The Town of Granite Falls is pleased to announce the launch of the Connect-CTY® service, our new town-to-resident notification system.
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Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum is open now on select days, please contact the Town Offices at 396-3131 for more information.
Town of Granite Falls Lakeside Park with walking/biking trails, picnic shelter, canoe launch and three separate fishing decks. - Open Now - Contact the Recreation Department at 396-1221 to make reservations for the picnic shelter.