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Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller is the CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council. Mitch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Regional Planning and Geography from Appalachian State University in 2006. His previous work experience includes: working as the Executive Vice President of the WCEDC from January 2012-March 2013, working as the Business Development Director for the WCEDC from January 2011-January 2012, working as the Director of Marketing & Business Recruitment at the Regional Alliance for Economic Development Tri-Cities TN/VA from April 2010-December 2010, working as the Business Development Coordinator at the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) from June 2009-April 2010, and working as the Research Coordinator at the LEDA from September 2006-June 2009. Mitch is a native of Lincolnton, North Carolina and currently lives in Johnson City with his wife Courtney. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys fishing, golfing, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.


Alicia Summers

Alicia Summers is the Business Development Director at the Washington County Economic Development Council, where her duties include: conducting new business marketing and prospecting to attract new jobs and investment to Washington County, assisting existing businesses with development, retention, and growth opportunities, maintaining and sustaining key relationships with economic development allies at the state, regional, and local level, responding to client request for information/proposals, serving as a point of contact for all prospects looking to invest in Washington County, and interacting with developers, realtors, and site selection firms working to develop leads for new business. Alicia earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Interdisciplinary Studies-Urban Planning/Organizational Management and also completed the study for education programs of the International Economic Development Council at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. Alicia has lived in Bluff City since 2002. Her previous work experience includes: working as the Executive Director of the Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association from 2003-June 2011 and working as the Business Development Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development from June 2011-February 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Dianna Cantler

Dianna is the Downtown Development Manager at the Washington County Economic Development Council. She is responsible for promoting and assisting with the development and revitalization of Johnson City with specific emphasis on creating and sustaining a vibrant downtown community, by working with existing business and property owners as well as recruiting new business and living opportunities. Dianna majored in Mass Communications at East Tennessee State University and has worked in Public Relations at Emory University Hospital, the American Cancer Society – Nashville, and Munsey Church. She has been an active volunteer in downtown Johnson City for several years. In her free time, she and husband, Bob, enjoy visiting their college age children, staying in historic hotels and trying out new restaurants.


Tania Garst

Tania Garst is the Research Coordinator at the Washington County Economic Development Council, where her duties include: collecting, managing, analyzing and reporting data in support of economic development initiatives, conducting business and real estate research, creating and manipulating maps using GIS applications, assisting with RFI requests, providing data and support for marketing initiatives, and managing the WCEDC Catalyst database, website, Facebook pages, and Flickr account. Tania earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography-Geospatial and Environmental Analysis from Virginia Tech in May 2013 where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors, and also received minors in International Studies and Watershed Management. Tania is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC, and has lived in Johnson City since June 2013. Her previous work experience includes: working as a GIS Intern from January 2012-May 2012 for the Blacksburg GIS Department in Blacksburg, Virginia, working as an Engineering Intern from May 2012-August 2012 for GKY & Associates in Chantilly, Virginia, and working as a GIS Technician from August 2012-June 2013 for the Center for Geospatial Information Technology in Blacksburg, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Aaron and her cat Dunkin, practicing yoga, running, hiking, and shopping.


Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is the Operations Manager at the Washington County Economic Development Council, where her duties include: developing and implementing procedures, practices, and work methods, reconciling, compiling, and tracking financial information, handling invoices, preparing meeting agendas and recording minutes, and preparing periodic summaries of financial transactions including balances, revenue and expenditure statements, statistical cost and operating reports. Rebecca was enrolled in the Business Management program at Northeast State Community College from 2002-2003. Rebecca is native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and has lived in Jonesborough since January 2012 after living in Petersburg, Virginia for 8 years. Her previous work experience includes: working as a Secretary from July 2003-October 2004 for Rock Church in Petersburg, Virginia and then as the Accounting Manager from October 2004-October 2011 for Rock Church, and working as the Office Manager from January 2012-July 2013 for Allied Metals Company in Johnson City, Tennessee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse and their three children, spending time with her family, being involved in her church, Calvary Church, and singing.