Print
Government

Brunswick Back In Wilmington MSA

By Johanna F. Still, posted Jul 21, 2023
Brunswick County has rejoined the Wilmington MSA after a decade-long hiatus.
After a decade, Brunswick County has finally been moved back into the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

The federally defined economic areas help researchers and businesses make conclusions and decisions about patterns in urban hubs. Brunswick County’s exclusion from the Wilmington MSA has long been a point of contention for local officials, who have argued the 2013 realignment translated to missed opportunities for the area. 

The Office of Management and Budget announced the new MSA delineations Friday, with Wilmington’s to include New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. 

Brunswick County spent the past decade in the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, MSA. 

Of the Brunswick County residents participating in the workforce, about 27% travel to New Hanover County for work, and 3% drive to Horry County, South Carolina, according to a 2021 Cape Fear Collective analysis.

Brunswick County's removal “had an adverse effect” on the city’s economic development opportunities, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said during a legislative breakfast in February. “This is something extremely critical.”

Tyler Newman, president and CEO of Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE), has advocated for the change for years. 

"It’s extremely exciting news—and something we have been working hard to make right since 2013," he wrote in an email Friday. "Having been in the room in DC in 2013 when we were told there’s no appeal process and to come back in 10 years, it is gratifying.

"It’s a big deal for the region and the entire state of North Carolina that we are no longer statistically ceding one of the fastest growing counties to South Carolina. From economic development and investment to Medicare reimbursement, this is a big deal. Thanks to UNCW and Cape Fear Collective for helping us gather data [to] show how our growth and commuting patterns clearly tie Brunswick County to Wilmington, New Hanover and Pender. Most importantly, thanks to Sen Budd, Sen Burr, Sen Tillis and Congressman Rouzer and their staffs for continuing to highlight the importance of this issue at every opportunity," Newman said.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Tommytaylor ceo unitedway

How Philanthropy Fits Into Your Financial Plan

Tommy Taylor - United Way
Jessiepowellheadshot webversion

5 Reasons to Build Custom Franchise Software

Jessie Powell - Wide Open Tech
Mcwhorter 0005

So, You Have an Idea for an Amazing, Life-Changing Company... Now What?

Heather McWhorter - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Trending News

Greenfield Amphitheater Could Get New Seating, More Space

Emma Dill - Jun 12, 2024

Chamber Announces 40 Under 40 Winners

Staff Reports - Jun 11, 2024

Grimmburger Food Truck To Open Brick-and-mortar Location At The Forum

Emma Dill - Jun 11, 2024

Protocase Selects Wilmington For Its First US Expansion

Emma Dill - Jun 12, 2024

Seabird Chef Calls James Beard Awards 'a Win' Even Without Top Prize

Staff Reports - Jun 11, 2024

In The Current Issue

Home Options: Stage Set For Accessory Dwelling Units To Proliferate

Defined as a separate residential living space on the same lot as a primary dwelling, the topic of ADUs is seeing a resurgence in the Port C...


Convenience Store Chains Expand

At a community meeting in mid-May, officials from the Pennsylvania-based company announced 10 sites they’re eyeing for a Wawa....


Canapi Venture’s Fund Raises Stakes

This fund is focused on supporting companies that further AI governance, cybersecurity and climate technology....

Book On Business

The 2024 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2024 Power Breakfast: The Next Season