NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners introduced the county’s new economic development director on Monday at the December meeting of the Nash County Board of Commissioners in Nashville.

Andrew “Andy” Hagy will begin serving in that new role on Jan. 1.

“The board is very excited to have this going on this day,” said Robbie Davis, who was re-elected Monday as chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “This is an item we undertook a few months ago and it is a very important item that we want to celebrate.”

In April, county commissioners voted to leave the Carolinas Gateway Partnership as of Oct. 1 and revive its own economic development department. Hagy will now serve as head of that department.

“This is a great day,” County Manager Zee Lamb said. “About six or seven months again, commissioners made the choice to have our own economic development department here in Nash County. We received over 70 applications and had a screening committee go through those applications. We invited four or five people to an interview, got that list down to two and the screening committee recommended unanimously the appointment of Andrew ‘Andy’ Hagy as the new Nash County economic developer.”

Lamb said that Hagy currently serves as the executive director of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corp. in West Virginia, a role he has held for nearly three years. Among his accomplishments in that role, Lamb said, Hagy has managed four new projects and expansions totaling $61 million and bringing in 325 new jobs.

Hagy earned an associate degree in business from Southwest Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and mass communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

“Mr. Hagy has an abundance of experience in economic development,” Lamb said. “We welcome him to Nash County and look forward to him joining our team on Jan. 1, 2020.”

Hagy said he is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“It is great to have this tremendous opportunity,” Hagy said. “I think Nash County has lots to sell, especially with its buildings and sites and logistics and interstate and port access. I am excited to get ready to market and sell Nash County. I want to let everyone know that Nash County is open for business.”