Community Development Specialist
Economic Development Specialist
Gene Merritt is a Wilmington, North Carolina resident. He is the owner of GMC Real Estate, a commercial real estate firm offering sales, appraisals, development, and consulting services. Gene has operated GMC Real Estate since 1982.
from 1978 - 1990
Gene served as President of North Carolina I-40, Inc., a lobbying group established to promote the completion of Interstate Highway I-40 to Wilmington.
The road was opened in 1990.
Wilmington Industrial Development, Inc.
Gene served on a Committee of Wilmington Industrial Development, Inc. which successfully lobbied the US Coast Guard to station a Coast Guard Vessel in downtown Wilmington. Until prior years in which they removed a Cutter, Wilmington had enjoyed a Coast Guard presence for over 150 years. He wrote the proposal for the relocation.
Gene created and promoted HB-1099, a bill to allow development over the public trust waters of historic North Carolina cities. The bill passed with subsequent major development of riverfront restaurants and tourist-oriented businesses occurring on the eastern coast of the state.
Gene and his father led efforts to keep a coal producer from dumping coal on the waterfront in downtown Wilmington.
Gene served as Chair of the New Hanover County Citizens for Choice, a group established to allow the sale of liquor by the drink. The bill passed.
Leland Innovation Park, Inc.
Cape Fear Area United Way
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Downtown Area Revitalization Effort, Inc.
Columbus County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Leland Economic Development Committee
North Fourth Street Partners, Inc.
Historic Wilmington Foundation, Inc.
Brooklyn Arts Center, Inc.