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Why Brunswick Co. struggles to compete for new business

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw admits that he's had a difficult time bringing jobs to the area recently.

After the recent announcement that DAK Americas is closing, resulting in the loss of 600 jobs, we're getting new information about the economy in Brunswick County.

"It's very unusual to have five new projects in a week so with us getting the word out we're starting to get the state participating with us in more projects," Bradshaw said that back in January.

From those five projects, only two are still considering this area. The other three went to different states.

Right now, Bradshaw says the county is working on nine new projects ranging from metal fabrication distribution plants to plastics and much more.

Bradshaw has been traveling the country to promote Brunswick County as a place to do business but he's having a hard time convincing industrial businesses to come.

"It's difficult to compete with these other states primarily because of incentives," said Bradshaw. "We mentioned continental and caterpillar but there were a lot more that people didn't know about that we came close on, but we're not giving up."

Southport leaders are currently working with the county to bring a potential new business partnership to the area.

We will update this story with new details if and when a deal is finalized.

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