Horry Co. Council looks to change MBREDC

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Council is looking to make some changes to the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization that is supposed to attract businesses to the area.

Council proposed some restructuring by making the group's president and administrative assistant county employees.

MBREDC Board President Jimmy Yahnis thinks this will help bring strong leadership and will strengthen the organization as a whole.

"The organization has not achieved the results that the county and all of us have wanted, so we're trying something different," Yahnis said.

Board member and Horry County Councilman Brent Schulz says the new president would be vetted by the South Carolina Department of Commerce before they are hired.  This measure would be taken to ensure the corporation has good leadership.

"We have to have leadership right now," Schulz said. "We have a good board, but we don't have a CEO that is out touching new people that are looking at the community, and as well as people that are already in business. We need to nurture both sides of that."

In the past the corporation has faced controversy and some county council members say they were not meeting expectations.  In December, the president of MBREDC resigned.

Council also cut funding for the MBREDC by only giving them $200,000 instead of the $375,000 they requested.

However, board members say this will eliminate any unnecessary resources.

"We have all different types of positions in the county that can support this person rather than having to hire a whole lot of other people," Schulz said.

Schulz says if these changes go through it will help the organization and the area grow.

The changes were proposed through the second reading of the budget. The third and final vote will be June 15.

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