Outgoing Brunswick EDC director moves up retirement

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Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw (left) and Economic Development Commission Chairman Don Hughes. File photo by Ben Brown.
Former Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw, left, and former Economic Development Commission Chairman Don Hughes. Both the department and the board have been dissolved. Port City Daily file photo.

Jim Bradshaw, who served as Brunswick County’s economic development director from 2007 until the agency was dismantled earlier this month, will retire Aug. 1.

Bradshaw initially planned to retire Oct. 1, but he recently decided to move up his retirement, according to Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy.

“The transition to a county department was accomplished this week and went very smoothly,” Hardy said. “Jim made the decision to retire and spend time with family and friends before his challenge.”

Brunswick County commissioners appointed themselves as economic development board members on Monday, after voting to dissolve the county’s current Economic Development Commission (EDC) in lieu of a county-run agency to oversee industry recruitment and economic development.

Commissioners voted to dissolve the EDC and create a county agency with the same functions on July 1.

Hardy said the move to appoint commissioners to the board was “to be able to wind down both entities” in terms of cash on hand and other assets, such as property in the Leland Industrial Park. She hopes to have the committee’s bylaws and makeup created within the coming weeks and plans to present the board with her plans for the committee later this month.

Bradshaw, who earns an annually salary of $109,066, will continue to serve as a special assistant to Hardy for economic development until his retirement next month. Hardy will serve as the county’s interim economic development director until a permanent director is named. She is currently recruiting a new director and said Bradshaw’s decision to retire earlier than planned will have “no impact” on her plans to replace him.

The move to dissolve the EDC came hours after all members of the board of directors for the commission and the corporation resigned their posts on Tuesday.

During a meeting a week before the dissolution, the board of directors that oversaw the EDC adopted a resolution that the EDC and its nonprofit Economic Development Commission Foundation separate from county government.

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