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Brunswick Co. leader says 'large project' in the works, met with company last week

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Word of whether Brunswick County will be the new home for Caterpillar is still under wraps, but one county leader has confirmed a big project is currently in the works.

The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission met tonight in Leland.

"We met with the large project last week," said Jim Bradshaw, the Executive Director of Brunswick County's Economic Development Commission. "Last Monday we brought in a regional team consisting of Wilmington, Brunswick County and Columbus County."

Bradshaw cannot disclose whether that large project has to do with Caterpillar, but he did say that Illinois, which is where Caterpillar is based, has shown interest in the area in looking to expand.

"If this lands in Brunswick County, it's going to help the entire region," Bradshaw said. "I thought it went really well, and they thought it went really well."

However, with Continental Tire and several other projects choosing South Carolina, Bradshaw admits its tough to compete.

"We got prepared in Brunswick County by getting the land, the infrastructure in place," Bradshaw said. "What was needed? We knew what needed to be done, and we've done it. Now the challenge is incentives. Where do you draw the line?"

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The Brunswick Project

Why do the politicians and industrial hunters try to expound on something before it becomes a fact. The worst kept secret down there is the interest shown by Caterpillar to locate on the Brunswick and Columbus County lines. Perhaps Caterpillar did not want any airing of the potential of their locating a plant in Southeastern North Carolina. Most of the time large corporations, for several reasons like to keep things close to the vest. I hope because someone can't keep their mouth shut is not the case here. You only have to piss off one person.

Regardless of what any

Regardless of what any proposed industry wants, the people in the area have a right to know what is going on.

The Brunswick Project

Indeed the people do have a right to know, at the appropriate time. I am sure there are issues and negotiations with landowners, permitting questions and so on. If and when incentives that the public may be asked to support do arise, then it should become public knowledge.

Hopefully if Caterpillar or

Hopefully if Caterpillar or anybody else comes to the area, they will choose an area up I-40 somewhere instead of Brunswick County. It would be great for the area to stay rural. Industry would mean more traffic and an influx of transplants, of which we have more than our share now.

If they choose an area up

If they choose an area up I-40, the jobs will be up I-40. Since Pender County has had a decrease in unemployment and Brunswick County has had an increase in unemployment, I would rather see them come to Brunswick County. As large as Brunswick County is, I don't see that another company coming here would have an impact on us staying rural. As for the transplants, since most of them are of the retirement age and come here because our real estate values are so far below theirs, they will come whether we build it or not. The only way to stop them is to close our borders.