Regional fight continues to move Brunswick County back into Wilmington’s MSA

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Submitted: Wed, 05/08/2013 - 3:46am
Updated: Wed, 05/08/2013 - 9:32pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The regional fight continues in attempt to get Brunswick County back into Wilmington’s metropolitan statistical area, after the Office of Management and Budget announced its move to Myrtle Beach’s MSA earlier this year.

Some of Wilmington leaders say Brunswick County’s MSA shift negatively affects the region’s economic development and job growth.

Local leaders met with federal leaders April 16th in Washington, D.C., to request Brunswick County convert back to Wilmington’s MSA.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Connie Majure-Rhett, of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Satterfield, of Wilmington Business Development presented the council with an update of the request.

They said they are still waiting to hear from the Office of Management and Budget but are staying vigilant and hoping for a change of course.

“We are hoping for a positive response and a positive response would be to restore Brunswick County back into our MSA, but we will have to see what happens. We know that it will be a precedent setting, but we believe there is a compelling case that puts Brunswick rightly back into the Greater Wilmington MSA,” Satterfield said.

According to Satterfield, the Office of Budget and Management have never reversed an MSA move before. He says they are expecting to hear back from the Office of Management and Budget soon.


  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …that the OBM will reverse their decision in this case either. Bye, bye Brunswick County. Good luck in the tourism industry and enjoy the big ferris wheel ride!

  • Guest Mechanic says:

    As a resident of Brunswick County, I am sure Im am not alone when I say I much prefer to stay a residential county. As far as I am concerned, tourists can go elsewhere.

  • GuestILM says:

    Myrtle Beach Metro was just recently rated the 7th most dangerous metro area in the US….

  • B M says:

    I agree 100% with you, and I would much rather be associated with Myrtle Beach over Wilmington anyday, it’s a much cleaner, safer and friendly town, with better roads, entertainment, and cheaper gas, I wish SC would move the state line up near Leland, let Wilmington have that mess in Leland.

  • GuestDriver says:

    What did Brunswick County ever get for being associated with Wilmington? I don’t see Brunswick County will getting anything less.

  • Guest2020 says:

    We get more from Myrtle Beach than we ever got from Wilmington. Wilmington treats us like the redheaded stepchild while Myrtle Beach treats us like family.

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