"Josh" Fenn, the finalist for Henry County Authority Executive Director, will lead a community that is adding thousands of new manufacturing and logistics jobs.

Henry County names development authority director finalist 

F.J. “Josh” Fenn, director of business development for Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) Southeast, has been selected to lead the Henry County Development Authority as executive director.

The organization announced Tuesday that Fenn was the finalist for the position, which came open after the organization’s former leader Leonard Sledge left in May to become head of economic development for the city of Richmond, Va. Fenn is expected to begin Sept. 1.

“The opportunity to become a member of the economic development team in Henry County is very exciting for me and my family,” Fenn said in a release. “I plan to be an active member of the community as well as the professional who serves as the point of contact for new industrial- and office-type businesses looking to locate in the area.”

F.J. "Josh" Fenn

The LaGrange College graduate is active in the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Southern Economic Development Council and the Georgia chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

He is completing coursework to become a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council -- the highest earned designation in the economic development field.

Authority chairman Pierre Clements said in Fenn the group found the most qualified professional in the economic development field that “fits the needs of Henry County today and in the future. 

“Josh has the experience, contacts and knowledge of the industry to move our community forward in terms of diversification of businesses and developing an economic development strategy for the future,” he said.

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