Christy Laxton grew up in poverty, vowing to make a better life for herself and her family.

Going to work at the age of 14, she pulled herself up by the bootstraps. After getting married, giving birth to her first child, and continuing to work full time, she also graduated with honors from Concord College – the first in her family to earn a college degree. Today, her oldest child is attending college.

In November, Laxton will celebrate her 20th year at the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. In December, she will mark her 16th year as its executive director.

She became the director at the young age of 23, after having worked as the grant and loan program coordinator, then the assistant executive director the previous four years.

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