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White named to statewide economic post

A leader in Henry County's business community will soon take on a statewide leadership role.

Bob White, Executive Director of the Henry County Development Authority, was recently elected chairman of the 700-member Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA). The action came during an annual meeting of association members. GEDA is one of the largest economic development organizations in the country.

White said he plans to lead his group's efforts on ventures designed to improve development in the state.

"Two of the areas we will be focusing on are public policy — working with the legislature and our economic development allies, to enhance the economy of Georgia — and continuing to raise the profile of...GEDA as the voice of economic development in Georgia," said White.

"Being tapped to serve as an officer [is] a distinct honor," said White, 61, of McDonough. "I've been involved with...GEDA since 1986."

Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth "B.J." Mathis hailed White's selection Georgia Economic Developers Association members.

"During his tenure with us, Bob has been instrumental in helping to attract key industry, and jobs, to our community that have served to put Henry County on the map," Mathis said in a press statement. "We are proud to have Bob serve in such a prestigious position, and grateful that Henry County will be so well represented as GEDA works to shape economic development policies that will influence Henry County's progress for years to come."

White has previously served as 1st Vice Chairman of GEDA. He also has served as a 2nd Vice Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the group.

Prior to joining the Development Authority in Henry in 1995, White served as Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Atlanta Gas Light Company. The University of Georgia graduate also has a professional designation as a Certified Economic Developer, from the International Economic Development Council, officials said in a press release announcing his selection.

Jim White, immediate past chairman of the Henry County Economic Development Authority, also recognized Bob White for his accomplishments.

"Having served on the Henry County Development Authority over the past 20 years, Bob has proven our expectations and trust in his professional abilities, excellent people skills and great desire to achieve positive gains for Henry County," said Jim White, no relation to Bob White. "Under his leadership, Henry County moved to a much higher level of growth in industrial and commercial development."

Bob White has been married to his wife, Laura, for 18 years, and has one son, Drew.

For more information on the Henry County Development Authority, visit www.hcda.org.