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Posted on: October 31, 2023


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The City of Johnston proudly announces the appointment of Joshua (Josh) Laraby as its new Economic Development Director. Laraby has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in fostering economic growth and development, having served as the Executive Director of the Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association in Fairfield, Iowa, for over seven years.

“Josh's experience will be crucial in fostering partnerships and securing investments for our community,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld. “With his leadership, we aim to continue strong economic growth and add businesses that fit the needs of our community.”

During his time in Fairfield, Laraby played a crucial role in leading a comprehensive strategy for economic development. He successfully promoted various aspects of economic growth, including attracting new businesses, retaining existing ones, and facilitating the development of commercial, industrial, and residential land. His remarkable achievements include the orchestration of nationally recognized economic development initiatives and securing over $15 million in development incentives. His efforts led to the cultivation of more than $52 million in new business investments, showcasing his ability to drive economic growth and prosperity.

Josh is an active member of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) and serves on its Board of Directors. PDI is a prominent statewide association that leverages the collective expertise of its members to inform economic development policy and enhance Iowa's economic competitiveness.

Laraby expressed his excitement for his new position, saying, "I'm thrilled to work with a skilled team of leaders and contribute towards a community that is committed to setting strategic examples of excellence. Johnston has a lot to be proud of and endless opportunities for growth." 

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