The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has officially hired its new president.
Justin Strickland has been with the EDC for 6 years and served as interim president since February.
EDC board members say they looked outside the region during a 4-month search, but decided the right man was already here.
Strickland wants residents to feel better about living here.
"[We want] to have a more positive perception on life here and business here and the things that go on here and the amenities that we have here," said new EDC President Justin Strickland.
"He wants to see the community grow and thrive," said EDC Chairman Jay Smith. "He's perfect, he's what we need."
Strickland says his first order of business is to build on what we have to attract other businesses to the area.
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