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City of Wilmington hires former McIntyre staffer for legislative affairs position

Congressman Mike McIntyre’s longtime economic development director has been hired as the City of Wilmington’s new legislative affairs liaison.

Tony McEwen. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.
Tony McEwen. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.

Tony McEwen, who worked nearly six years with the retiring 7th District U.S. House member, will report to Wilmington City Hall on Jan. 21.

His annual salary will be $68,016, according to the city’s communications office.

McEwen, who in all has more than a decade of experience working with members of Congress–Mel Watt of the 12th District prior to McIntyre–will monitor N.C. General Assembly activity in the city’s interests and keep the city manager’s office apprised.

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The position also involves routine connection with lawmakers and the city’s lobbying team to make sure its legislative agenda is pursued.

The legislature will reconvene this May for its “short session,” which may treat a number of items at the city’s attention.

High among them is the expiring film incentive that Wilmington City Council hopes to see extended. The 25 percent refundable tax credit offered to major productions is frequently touted for the upswing in film activity in North Carolina in recent years. With mainstream movie titles and multiple television series (FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow,” for one) on its marquis, Wilmington has held a leading role with the industry.

Recent story: Year in film, 2013: Big numbers for North Carolina, Wilmington

McEwen, a UNCW graduate, replaces Tyler Newman, who left the legislative liaison role in October 2013 to serve as senior governmental affairs director for the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy.

Related story: Legislative affairs liaison Newman heads back to BASE

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