KINGSTREE, S.C. – Jim Moore, former business development director with NESA, is the new Executive Director of Williamsburg County’s Economic Development Board, County Supervisor Stanley Pasley announced Tuesday. Moore replaces Hilton McGill, who is retiring after serving the county in that position for 21 years.
In addition to serving with NESA for six years, in December 2014 Moore was named as the President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Development Corporation. He tendered his resignation there in June. He will begin his work in Williamsburg County on Sept. 2, Pasley said.
Moore, Pasley said, has more than 20 years of economic development experience in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina, as well as a background in the construction business. McGill was eligible for retirement in April, Pasley said, but continued doing “what Hilton does” until a suitable replacement was found.
Pasley said Moore has utility industry and private sector experience as well.
Maceo Nance, and his team at the S.C. Department of Commerce, handled the application and interview process, Pasley said. This past week he made his recommendation to council and council members approved hiring Moore.
Qualifications for the position included someone who is “innovative, self-motivated, energetic, self-confident, holding a college degree in business and economic development, and at least five to eight years of background experience in economic development.” The position answers to Pasley.
“The position of executive director of the county’s Economic Development Board is, without a doubt, a highly regarded position, representing the frontline of Williamsburg County’s leadership core,” the job listing read.
On Tuesday Moore was busy meeting the county’s “movers and shakers,” Pasley told a room filled with county business leaders and elected officials.
“I am thankful for this opportunity,” Moore said. “Hilton built a wonderful foundation on which to continue the county’s growth.” Moore said he looks forward to helping bring good things to Williamsburg County that will continue making life better.