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MBREDC Names Josh Kay As New President & CEO

October 19, 2015 - Officials from the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation announced their decision to hire Josh Kay as the organization’s new President and CEO.  Kay will begin his duties at the EDC on November 2nd.

“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,” said Fred Richardson, MBREDC Board Chairman

As President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Kay will focus on leading business recruitment efforts, existing industry development and growing the organization’s private sector membership. 

Kay brings 15 years of local government management, fundraising, and economic development experience to his new position with the MBREDC.  Most recently, Kay worked as Director of Economic Development for Santee Cooper, a state-owned water and electric utility company.  Prior to his role with Santee Cooper, Kay served as City Manager for the cities of 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,” said Mark Lazarus, Horry County Council Chairman. 

In his role with Santee Cooper, Kay assisted local communities throughout South Carolina recruit and retain business and industry and develop economic development product, such as industrial parks and speculative buildings.  During his tenure with Santee Cooper, Kay assisted several communities locate new industries and also served on the lead negotiation team that recruited Volvo Cars to Berkeley County, resulting in an announcement of 2,000 jobs and a $500 million capital investment.

“I am honored and eager to begin serving as the President & CEO for the MBREDC.  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. ” said Josh Kay, MBREDC President & CEO.  

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