BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The City of Northwest City Council has joined several other town leaders in adopting a resolution to request the US Office of Management and Budget revise its recent metropolitan area alignment by returning Brunswick County to Wilmington.
Brunswick County was moved in the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area earlier this year, and several leaders are firing back against the change.
A county's MSA designation is important for economic development. Companies use it as a quick study on a county's infrastructure, cultural and workforce services.
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.
According to a news release from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the Shallotte/Calabash area is being counted toward Myrtle Beach, while the Leland/Navassa/Belville cluster went to Wilmington.
The difference in population count between Myrtle Beach and the Wilmington clusters was a 643 resident advantage for Horry County.
Area leaders recently went to Washington DC to explain to federal officials the number of residents in Brunswick County driving to New Hanover County for work far outnumber the number of residents who go to Horry county.
The news release says they believe the methodology used to place Brunswick County in the Myrtle Beach MSA based strictly on population statistics derived from the 2010 census is deficient.
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