A Georgia native with experience attracting industries and jobs to his home state has signed a three-year contract to lead the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.Look what else they mentioned:
Doug Wendel, EDC board president, said the board voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to offer Brad Lofton the job. He will announce the change to his current employer, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority, on Tuesday, Wendel said.
Lofton will begin work on the Grand Strand on April 15, bringing to an end the EDC’s search for a new chief executive, which began more than a year ago.
The EDC will pay Lofton about $121,000 a year to bring new industry and jobs to Horry County.
The biomass power-plant earned its share of vocal opponents, but Wendel assured the committee that the project also had the support of many environmental groups as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, and that Lofton had handled the situation well.This is even more interesting, about Lofton’s previous job before VLCIA:
Lofton was asked to resign from the Effingham development agency in June 2006, according to news reports. Lofton told reporters he was surprised by the ultimatum he received to resign or be fired, because he had never been criticized by the agency’s board of directors.It seems the Myrtle Beach newspaper is doing more due diligence than the EDC board. And by his own account, Lofton wasn’t just asked to resign from the Effingham job; he was asked to resign immediately:
Brad Lofton said Effingham County Industrial Development Authority lawyer Mickey Kicklighter told him Tuesday to resign immediately as chief executive officer or be fired.In that SavannahNow article from 2006 he complained:
“The board never talked to me,” Lofton, 29, said Wednesday. “Their attorney came to my office Tuesday morning and said they wanted my resignation. They told him to wait in the lobby while I cleaned out my office.”Local experience around here might indicate that they could have talked to him until they were blue in the face and if he didn’t want to hear it he wouldn’t remember it.
One has to wonder: has history just repeated itself?