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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County leaders as well as Wilmington City leaders introduced a new economic development plan Wednesday.

The county has approved $323,000 for economic development for next year’s budget.

The county has also hired an outside consultant to help uncover new opportunities for residents living in the county.

Jay Garner has been hired as a consultant and will be paid $92,500 plus travel costs.

Both city and county leaders hope this economic development plan will attract and retain new and expanding businesses.

Some maybe wondering why we need another strategic plan when we already have existing groups; Wilmington Downtown Incorporated, Bring It! Downtown and the City of Wilmington’s Vision 2020.

“The fact that we have so many different groups is not a negative, but it has lent itself in recent years to have a fragmented message,” said Woody White, County Commissioner Chairman.

The city and county will co-chair this initiative in partnership with UNCW and Cape Fear Community College.

Through this process more than 100 community partners will work together to help enhance the economic vitality of the community.

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