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DAVID

ESSEX

President of the Georgetown Breakfast Rotary Club

Bio:

Native of Stuttgart, Arkansas

Former executive director for Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, former community development director

What is the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments?

It is a non-profit, quasi-government entity.

There are 10 councils of government in South Carolina.

It is not a level of government like city, county, or state, but it works with those governments to provide assistance throughout the area.

Our council serves Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties.

They meet about 10 times per year on the second Monday of each month except for December and July usually.

Who is on the council?

The council is a 25-member board made up of a mixed bag from the community.

State law requires that 51 percent of the council be elected officials, like county, city and town council members.

There are also representatives of education, businesses and community organizations.

What issues does the council tackle?

It deals mostly with workforce development, aging services, transportation planning and technical assistance planning, which includes land use planning, helping communities create development plans and zoning, and upgrading neighborhoods.

The council’s planning staff also serves the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS).

GSATS makes decisions about how to use millions of dollars allocated by the federal government for transportation projects.

Those projects include intersection improvements and roadway enhancements.

What are you doing now that you retired from WRCOG?

I started as the president of the Georgetown Breakfast Rotary on July 1.

I am also the chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee for Herbert United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

We serve as the sounding board between the church and staff.

If someone in the church has a concern, they can approach a member of the committee and we help to work out problems before they become major issues.

Our main function is to support the pastor.

Can you tell me about your family?

My wife Dorothy and I have a daughter Claire, who lives in Georgetown with her husband Dr. Alex Duvall, our granddaughter Lydia, and our grandson, Luke.

Our youngest daughter Meredith is married to Scott Gvozdas and they are expecting a baby next month.

They live in Columbia, S.C.

– as told to

Clayton Stairs