Economic development commission, corporation board members resign in Brunswick

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All members of the board of directors for the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission and Economic Development Corporation have resigned.

Before the board members’ resignations, however, they recommended the establishment of a county economic development department “to more efficiently promote economic development in Brunswick County,” the county announced today.

County commissioners and the board of directors were scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, but the meeting was canceled due to “scheduling conflicts,” according to Brunswick County Spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is expected to present Brunswick County commissioners with the latest development at their meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. If approved by commissioners, a county economic development department could be effective July 1.

“The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission and Corporation have provided valuable assistance to industries considering relocating in Brunswick County for decades,” Hardy said. “We look forward to continuing to provide quality support and efforts to recruit jobs and industries to our county, and appreciate the efforts of all involved to find the most efficient ways to do so.”

During a meeting last week, the board of directors that oversees the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) adopted a resolution that the EDC and its nonprofit Economic Development Commission Foundation separate from county government. Ultimately, the board accepted Hardy’s third option for the EDC to become “a truly separate organization” from the county government.

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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