Development Authority names Wright as new president

Thu, 07/16/2009 - 2:27pm
By: Ben Nelms

Georgia Dept. of Economic Development project manager and former Newnan-Coweta Chamber President Greg Wright has been named as the Coweta County Development Authority’s next president. Wright will replace Bill Harrison, who will be retiring at the end of July.

In making the announcement, Development Authority Chairman David Brown referenced Coweta’s strong development focus and the expectation that Wright will continue those efforts.

“We are all pleased to welcome Greg as our next president,” Brown said. “Our county has built a strong foundation for quality job growth and we know that Greg will build on the hard work that has already been done. His background, knowledge and experience make him the right person to lead our county’s economic development efforts.”

Wright will assume his new duties on August 3.

Wright currently serves as a project manager with the existing industry and regional recruitment team of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Wright also served for seven years as president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and has over 10 years experience in legislative and constituent services with U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Wright is a graduate of LaGrange College and was the 2006 recipient of the Walter Malcolm Shackelford Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Wright will replace Bill Harrison, who has served as president of the development authority since 2003. Brown noted the significant contributions that Harrison has made to development efforts and to the Coweta community. Harrison’s retirement is effective July 31.

“We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bill for the tremendous job he has done,” Brown said. ”Bill is one of the most widely respected economic developers in the state and we are going to miss his leadership. We all wish him the best as he transitions into his well-deserved retirement.”

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