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President and CEO of MBREDC resigns after 7 months

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation has resigned after taking on these duties at the beginning of the year.

Representatives from the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, announced that Jim Moore has resigned as president & CEO of the organization. Moore's resignation was effective Friday, June 19.

Moore announced he was resigning to pursue other opportunities.

Moore was on a one-year interim contract that started January 1, 2015 and would've expired at the end of the year, said Fred Richardson, chairman of the board of directors for MBREDC.

"This was an interim job for 12 months and then see what happens from that, so hopefully it would've worked longer, but he decided to move on," Richardson said.

At this time, no interim has been assigned. Richardson will take over duties until the board of directors appoints someone for the position.

Richardson said the process of finding Moore's replacement isn't set yet. The board of directors will discuss possible candidate search options at its next meeting July 15, Richardson said.

During the five months between Moore and his predecessor, Brad Lofton, MBREDC staff kept on working. 

"We recruited I think three industries during that period, so hopefully we'll continue on," Richardson said.

Richardson said he expects an announcement to be made in the next 30-45 days about a company coming to the area.

"The president makes the initial contacts. He makes the initial sale, but if someone's interested in coming here and interested in our incentive package, I think they'll come on," he said. "I don't think someone moving on will make a difference in locating here or not locating here."

Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus said the International Technology and Aerospace Park is going to be a main focus for the MBREDC going into the future.

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