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MBREDC names new president and CEO

Josh Kay (Source: MBREDC) Josh Kay (Source: MBREDC)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation announced it has a new president and CEO. Officials announced Josh Kay will take over the reigns effective November 2.

“We are all proud to have Josh join the MBREDC, as the new President & CEO.  We feel that his experience and insight will be a great addition to our organization,” MBREDC Board Chairman Fred Richardson said.

Richardson believes Kay has all the qualities the corporation was looking for. 

"Well we were looking for someone who could represent the community. Sell the community, and knows economic development and has contacts with economic developers across the state of South Carolina, and he fits all of those qualifications," Richardson explained. 

Kay will focus on leading business recruitment efforts, existing industry development and growing the organizations private sector membership, according to MBREDC officials. The MBREDC said Kay worked as Director of Economic Development for Santee Cooper, and brings 15 years of local government management, fundraising and economic development to his new position. Before working at Santee Cooper, Kay was City Manager for Washington, NC and Clinton, SC.

“We are excited to have someone of his caliber, knowledge and extensive background in economic development and government. With his experience and background he will do an awesome job,”  Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said.

Officials with the MBREDC said Kay served on the lead negotiation team that recruited Volvo Cars to Berkeley County, which led to the announcement of 2,000 jobs and a $500 million capital investment.

"I expect him to hit the ground running. He'll start November 2nd. I think he'll be up and going before the first of the year, certainly." Richardson said. 

“I am honored and eager to begin serving as the President & CEO for the MBREDC," Kay said. "The leadership, vision, and commitment of the MBREDC Board, private investors, and public sector partners, specifically the commitment by the Horry County Council, is exciting.  I look forward to being a part of the team that will continue to make Horry County a great place to live and work."

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