KINGSBURG – The International City/County Management Association recently named Kingsburg City Manager Alex Henderson as the winner of the 2017 Early Career Leadership Award.

Established in memory of former ICMA Executive Director William H. Hansell Jr., this award recognizes an outstanding early-career local government professional who has demonstrated leadership, competency and commitment to local government.

In an ICMA booklet announcing the awards, Henderson is described as a high energy, communicative leader who seeks to balance progressive policy with traditional values.

Henderson has served as Kingsburg’s city manager since 2014 and has since welcomed 24 new businesses to town, assisted with the expansion of Sacramento Container and nearly $35 million in overall capital investment.

Henderson devised several new pro-business strategies, including two public/private partnership programs that promote place making and mixed-use reinvestment in Kingsburg’s downtown. He’s developed a new economic strategy for the Kingsburg Business Park and created business improvement zones to incentivize development in targeted locations.

Henderson oversaw the Small Business Revolution’s tour of Kingsburg when it was one of five national finalists for the online web series.

Henderson also created an internship program in partnership with California State University, Fresno’s MPA program that has graduated four interns in its first two years.

He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and a Leadership ICMA graduate. He graduated from Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute in 2016 and received his certification from the Senior Executive Institute of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia in 2012. He earned his master’s in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Henderson is a member of Cal-ICMA, League of California Cities and San Joaquin Valley City Manager’s Association.

Underwritten by ICMA-RC, this award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to promote professional development of local government managers.