Development Authority of Bryan County project manager Gwen Strickland has a new title: retiree.
Strickland, who started with the Development Authority 6 1/2 years ago, went to work at the Development Authority on Friday for the last time. While she thoroughly enjoyed her tenure at the Development Authority, Strickland said she is ready to enjoy traveling and relaxing.
“My husband, David, who is also retiring, and I plan to travel some, enjoy our family and just generally take it easy,” Strickland said, adding she retired from Fort Stewart before working with the Development Authority.
As project manager, Strickland said she had the privilege of working with a lot of “excellent people” and saw a lot accomplished in just a few years.
“During my time with the Development Authority, I have been fortunate to be a part of the start and growth of the Interstate Centre industrial park at I-16 and US Highway 280 along with other industrial developments in the county,” she said. “Watching this park grow and expand, bringing much needed jobs to the Bryan County, has been very rewarding.”
Strickland also enjoyed working with the board members, staff and county commissioners to help the Development Authority grow.
“Their efforts have resulted in an addition of 500 jobs to Bryan County,” she said. “I’m proud to have been a small part of that achievement and want to thank all those that were so helpful to me during my time. I wish the best for continued development.”
Authority Executive Director Josh Fenn said Strickland will be missed by all who worked with her.
“We wish Gwen all the best in her retirement from The Development Authority of Bryan County,” he said. “She has been a valued member of our team, and her insight and experience will be missed in our office. Her work ethic and passion to make positive impact in Bryan County was a big reason for many of the successful projects DABC has completed over the years.”