McDONOUGH — The Henry County Development Authority has selected Trisha Colpetzer as the economic development organization’s manager of established industry. The announcement was made by F. J. “Josh” Fenn, executive director of the authority.
“Established industry accounts for typically 70 to 80% of all new jobs created in a community each year,” said Fenn. “In Henry County, our mission as a development authority is to provide support for new companies looking to expand as well as assist our established employers grow with us. Trisha will serve as a key contact for companies that already have a footprint in the area. Her knowledge and experiences over the past several years give her a clear understanding of how to find solutions to issues and provide guidance and better connect our established industries with our community.”
Colpetzer currently serves as public information officer for the city of McDonough, a position she has held since 2018. She also provides support for the mayor and council for McDonough, a responsibility Colpetzer has been charged with since 2016.
As a graduate of the University of Georgia and Wright University, Colpetzer earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and minor in psychology. She has been active in the Henry County community over the past several years, including serving as chair of the governmental affairs committee for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce; board member for Youth Leadership Henry; board member for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce; board member for Leadership Henry; and a member of the Wheelchair Tennis Steering Committee.
“I look forward to expanding my network of contacts with the existing industry leaders in Henry County,” said Colpetzer. “My goal is to utilize my successes at the city of McDonough to help current employers maintain their presence and expand if the opportunity presents itself. Henry County is a prime location for businesses, and I look forward to being a part of the Development Authority’s team to aid those companies where necessary.”
Colpetzer will begin her new position with the Development Authority on Dec. 28.
Members of the development authority include Chairman Pierre Clements, Vice Chairman David Linton, Secretary David Crow, Eddie Ausband, and Irv Culpepper. Rod Meadows of Meadows, Macie & Sutton PC serves as legal counsel for the organization.
Other members of the authority’s professional staff include Jamal Lewis, project manager for business development, and Terry Collins, office manager.
Recent successes for Henry County include locations for Purple Innovation, Zinus, Ferrero, Radial and expansions by The Home Depot and Ken’s Foods.
So far in 2020 HCDA has located or expanded nine companies resulting in 2,640 jobs and $449,900,000 in new investment into Henry County.
The Henry County Development Authority was created in 1967 by a local amendment to the Georgia Constitution. The board consists of five members, representing the five geographic commissioner districts within the county. The mission of the Henry County Development Authority is to promote economic development in Henry County through the attraction of new investment and jobs and the retention and expansion of existing industries.