HudsonAlpha Taps Carr to Coordinate Economic Development for HudsonAlpha Wiregrass

Ann Marie Carr is the non-profit Institute’s third employee in Dothan

DOTHAN, AL – HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has named Ann Marie Carr as its new Economic Development Associate for HudsonAlpha Wiregrass. Carr is responsible for coordinating the Economic Development Mission’s work for HudsonAlpha Wiregrass, which includes entrepreneur- and recruitment-based economic development efforts to benefit the Wiregrass region, with the focus involving the agriculture and agtech sectors.

“HudsonAlpha is fortunate to have Ann Marie come on board. She has a strong track record of collaboration and bringing people together to improve the workforce in Southeast Alabama,” Vice President of Economic Development, Carter Wells said. “With her extensive network within the economic development community, she will add value to HudsonAlpha Wiregrass from day one.”

As part of the collaboration between HudsonAlpha and the city of Dothan, HudsonAlpha Wiregrass is building and strengthening an innovation economy throughout the region. As the Economic Development Associate, Carr will be part of HudsonAlpha’s Economic Development team and will coordinate the mission’s work in the Wiregrass.

“Ann’s experience, knowledge, and contacts will be a huge asset to the HudsonAlpha Wiregrass team, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the HudsonAlpha family,” said Dean Mitchell, director of the HudsonAlpha Wiregrass. “Her ‘can do’ attitude and knowledge of our area will be instrumental in helping build an economy based in science, research and innovation. The opportunities to make a significant economic impact in the Wiregrass area are endless, and we look forward to working with Ann to make a difference!”

HudsonAlpha’s economic impact can be felt across Alabama. Since its inception in 2008, HudsonAlpha generated more than four billion dollars to the state’s economy, with nearly one billion of that coming within the last two years, according to a recent study by the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Carr worked as the Executive Director for Southeast AlabamaWorks, Inc. for the last two years, where she worked with key workforce, economic and elected officials to meet workforce and economic needs for the ten-county region. Carr previously worked for Wallace Community College and the Alabama Department of Labor Career Center Systems. Carr is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Carr begins working in the Wiregrass region with HudsonAlpha on June 16, 2023.

About HudsonAlpha:

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, foster entrepreneurs, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. The Institute launched the HudsonAlpha Wiregrass initiative in 2022.

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