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Feds deny push to move Brunswick Co. back to Wilmington MSA

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The federal Office of Management and Budget has denied a request to move Brunswick County back into the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. Earlier this year OMB designated the county as part of the Myrtle Beach MSA.

"OMB's decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense!" Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) said in a news release. "Anyone who knows our region understands that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area and not part of South Carolina!"

McIntyre had led the charge to appeal the decision to OMB. In a letter to the Congressman dated yesterday, OMB Associate Director for Legislative Affairs Kristen Sarri wrote "OMB is required by law to develop and oversee the use of government-wide standards for statistical data and the process used to delineate metro and micro areas must be based first on population data, and must be applied in the same way to all communities across the country."

Brunswick County's designation will likely last 10 years until new census data is available.

"OMB simply does not understand; they do not get it!" McIntyre said. "Contrary to the statement issued in their decision, it is NOT the Myrtle Beach area that 'accounts for the larger portion of Brunswick County's population.' What accounts for the growth in Brunswick County is its own inherent economic and environmental qualities, which have attracted thousands of people to the move to the beautiful coastal and tranquil rural areas of Brunswick County, as well as the opportunities afforded by Wilmington."

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