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Bill introduced to move Bwk Co. back into Wilmington MSA

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WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) -

A bill has been introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that would move Brunswick County back into the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

Brunswick County was removed by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and added to the Myrtle Beach MSA after the 2010 Census figures showed much of the growth in southern Brunswick County was closer to the South Carolina state line.

"Everybody in North Carolina knows that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area," said Senator Burr. "Instead of mindlessly applying bureaucratic rules, the Administration needs to address what reality looks like for people in North Carolina."

According to Burr, separating Brunswick County from Wilmington has led to an understatement of the size of the state's economy in the region and has hurt economic development.   

Area leaders were upset with the decision, including the Wilmington City Council who approved a resolution requesting that Brunswick County be added back to the Wilmington MSA.

Senator Kay Hagan and Congressman Mike McInytre both petitioned the White House to have the decision reversed but were unsuccessful.

There's no word yet on when the bill will be up for a vote.

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