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.
Alicia Summers is the Vice President of Business Development 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.
Ryan Chupa serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Washington County Economic Development Council of Johnson City, Tennessee. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to: develop and implement procedures, practices, and work methods, reconcile, compile, and track financial information, process invoices, board communication and investor relations, prepare meeting agendas, and prepare periodic summaries of financial transactions including balances, revenue and expenditure statements as well as statistical cost and operating reports. Ryan grew up in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Milligan College.
Dianna is the Downtown Development Director 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.