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BWK removed from Wilm. Metropolitan Statistical Area; Pender manager responds

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (AP/WECT) – The Wilmington metropolitan area is getting smaller, at least as far as the federal government is concerned.

There are reports that Brunswick County has been moved into the Myrtle Beach, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and it will no longer be in Wilmington or Pender County's MSA region.  Pender County Manger Mickey Duvall says that will hurt Pender County in the long run, especially when it comes to attracting outside business and industry.

"I think we will see less economic development here," said Duvall. "It will be harder to attract - it is already hard to attract economic development in the past 4 or 5 years."

The move by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget reflects 2010 Census figures showing much of the growth in southern Brunswick County nearer the South Carolina state line.

Congressman Mike McIntyre released the following statement on Brunswick County being removed from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area:

"It makes no practical, economic, or common sense for Brunswick County to be pulled out of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and placed in the Myrtle Beach MSA.  Our office is working with local officials and leaders to gather information so that we can appropriately respond to this unfortunate decision.  We will do all that we can to reverse this decision."

"I definitely think it's a mistake," agreed Duvall. "I echo what was said by Senator McIntyre's office."

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