The new face of TDDA

Published 5:05 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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Tryon welcomes new executive director

By Macy Cochran

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Tryon welcomes Paige Henderson as the new executive director of Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA).
Henderson, 25, is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science. More recently, she is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned her Master’s in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management.
Her hard-earned knowledge in grant writing and local government is valued by Henderson because, she says, “Everything I did up to this point has led to this position.”
After interviewing for many positions in other towns in Western North Carolina, she took a tour of Tryon with town manager Zach Ollis. “Tryon is what I wanted,” she says. “I’m a big romantic, and Tryon is a hugely romantic spot.”
The TDDA board is comprised of 12 members who focus on the success and development of downtown Tryon. Henderson’s position is the only full-time paid position. She is also a town employee which allows her to work under the guidance of the board and report to Ollis.
“I’m excited to bring economic success to the town,” says Henderson.
Henderson is originally from Western North Carolina, currently living in Asheville. She plans to move to Tryon because she feels as though it is the ideal small town to live in.
“My goal was always to land back in a small town, so I’m fortunate this worked out the way it did. I really care about small towns in Western North Carolina, and I’m passionate about bringing more young people to this community and making this a place where everyone will love and stay,” she says.
“I know I’m new in the role, but I hope to bring authenticity and professionalism to this role, and I appreciate that the community is investing in such a young person when they could’ve chosen someone who is older with decades of experience,” Henderson claims. “I hope I can do the job justice.”