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Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller is the CEO of the Partnership. Mitch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Regional Planning and Geography from Appalachian State University. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of the WCEDC and the Director of Marketing & Business Recruitment at the Regional Alliance for Economic Development Tri-Cities TN/VA. He also worked as the Business Development Coordinator at the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA).Mitch is a native of Lincolnton, North Carolina and currently lives in Johnson City with his wife Courtney and son, Sam.


Alicia Summers

Alicia Summers is our Vice President of Business Development, 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, Carter and Unicoi Counties, 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. Her previous work experience includes: working as the Executive Director of the Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association and working as the Business Development Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Ryan Chupa

Ryan Chupa serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Partnership. His responsibilities include the development of and implementation of 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 Cantler

Dianna is our Director of Downtown Development. 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.