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Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw (left) and Economic Development Commission Chairman Don Hughes. File photo by Ben Brown.
Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw, left, and former Economic Development Commission Chairman Don Hughes. Port City Daily file photo.

Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw announced his retirement during a board of directors’ meeting on Tuesday.

Bradshaw, who has served as director for the past eight years, initially announced his retirement would be on Dec. 31, but due to the potential reorganization of the Economic Development Commission (EDC), he agreed to retire on Oct. 1.

The announcement of Bradshaw’s retirement comes during a time of re-organization for the EDC with the agency—responsible for industry recruitment and economic development in Brunswick County– potentially separating from Brunswick County’s government.

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“Economic Development is not a one person operation. It is a team effort and I have been blessed with a great team through the past eight years,” Bradshaw said in a statement released Thursday. “The Economic Development Commission has been exceedingly supportive through the years…without their support, we would not have been so successful.”

Bradshaw noted a few of the successes by the EDC, including “assisting in the location of approximately 20 industries/business that have created over 300 jobs.”

Bradshaw said he plans to continue doing consulting work after his retirement from the EDC and that he and his wife still plan on living in Brunswick County and look forward to “continuing our friendships we have developed since being hired in 2007.”

“Jim Bradshaw has worked diligently to put Brunswick County on the map and in the minds of site selection consultants and industries around the nation and world,” Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams said. “I appreciate his hard work and service as our economic development director, and I wish him well in his retirement.”