Jackson County native and small business owner Tiffany Henry will become Jackson County’s new economic development director.
Henry is a graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, Southwestern Community College and received her B.S. in Business Administration and Law from Western Carolina University.
Henry most recently served as director of Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center for eight years. Henry’s additional professional background includes another fourteen years of experience in the public/private sector with expertise in finance, sales, lending, legal, project management and risk analysis.
“Tiffany brings a proven track record in local, regional and statewide collaborative partnership development, financial analysis, and small business development,” County Manager Don Adams said, adding that Henry’s appointment followed an extensive recruitment and interview process that involved county and community stakeholders.
Tiffany Henry has received numerous awards and recognition by North Carolina’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN) to include: 2014 Rookie of the Year award, 2015 Innovation Award for work with the Appalachian Farm School, 2017 Innovation Award for Collaboration with continued work with the Agribusiness industry, 2018 State Director of the Year, and in 2019 the Most Impact Award.
Henry begins employment in June and her annual salary will be $65,501.58.
One of her first tasks will be to begin implementing the recently completed Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy approved by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in February 2021.