Partnership Announces New Staff Updates and Carrier joins with focus on Small Business/Entrepreneurs

Carrier Joins Partnership with Focus on Small Business/Entrepreneurs; Carlson and Loomis to Lead Economic Development and Revitalization

The Morgantown Area Partnership announced today significant movement of its staffing that will drive the organization’s efforts moving forward. President and CEO Russell Rogerson said that Anna McCarty Carrier will join the organization on August 30th to fill the position of Vice President of Chamber Services.

Carrier is the co-owner of The Cupcakerie in downtown Morgantown and formerly served as the Community Business Program Lead of West Virginia University’s Encova Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship within the Chambers College of Business and Economics.She will assume the newly created position of Vice President of Chamber Services focusing on the creation, development and implementation of programs and services for small business entrepreneur members of the Partnership.

“Anna brings a great knowledge of what it’s like to be a small business person and what they need to be successful,” Rogerson said. “Her passion for growing small business entrepreneurs will be a valuable asset to our members and the community.”

The Partnership also announced that Erik Carlson is Vice President of Economic Development Services and Amy Loomis is Vice President of Revitalization Services. “The staffing announcements are supported by the original Partnership plan and ensures that the three main focus points of the Partnership are supported and thriving,” said Mark Imbrogno, Partnership Board of Directors Chairman. “The organization continues to create a strong team and structure to execute the Board’s vision and planning.”

“I will continue to be deeply involved in all aspects of the organization but having the support of three excellent professionals will only make us stronger and more collaborative,” Rogerson added.

Carlson joined the Partnership in August of 2020. He formerly worked as the Director of Development for the City of West Lafayette, Indiana, which is also home of Purdue University. Prior to that he was a Project Consultant for Thomas P. Miller Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Business Lexington news publication in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Erik has a strong economic development background and has successfully led many large projects in West Lafayette which is a college town.” Rogerson said. “He will now be more actively engaged in the creation, development and implementation of our strategies to grow the economy in the Monongalia County area.”

Loomis was the Partnership’s first hire in 2018. She has utilized her many talents throughout the development of the Partnership, including membership driven programs, strategic and organizational planning, and IT implementation. Loomis will have a primary focus on community revitalization in her new role. Loomis is a graduate of West Virginia University’s Public Administration program with an emphasis on local government and community development.

“Amy has been a valuable team member from the Partnership’s inception,” Rogerson said. “Her passion for community building will serve the Partnership well as she drives the creation, development and implementation of our revitalization efforts.”

The Morgantown Area Partnership is a public/private alliance for the betterment of economic, business and community development in the greater Morgantown area and Monongalia County, WV. Together alongside business, government, non-profit and quasi-governmental partners, The Partnership will continue to lead the state forward, become a destination of choice within the mid-Atlantic region and demonstrate how passion and collaboration fueled by one, unified vision can ensure prosperity for future generations.


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