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Carter named special adviser
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Mary Rae Carter as special adviser for rural partnerships, a news release stated.
Carter previously served as deputy secretary of commerce and trade for rural Virginia under then-Gov. Bob McDonnell, the release stated. It added that for the past four years, she has traveled extensively throughout rural Virginia developing partnerships, serving as a liaison to the administration and working with localities to enhance job growth.
Carter formerly lived in Henry County and now lives in Penhook.
Carter’s knowledge of rural Virginia and her economic development background bring strong qualifications to her role as special adviser for rural partnerships to the secretary of commerce and trade, the release stated.
She served 12 years on the board of directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and was a board member for the Center for Rural Virginia, the release stated.
She also was chair and vice chair of the Patrick Henry Development Council of Martinsville and Henry County, the area’s business recruitment agency in the 1990s, according to the release and a Bulletin article. The agency preceded the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., which handles recruiting now.
Carter was a founding member of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership board, appointed to six-year terms by then-Gov. George Allen and then-Gov. Jim Gilmore; interim director of the Henry County Office of Commerce; member of the Patrick Henry Community College Board and the Henry County Public Service Authority board; and chairman of Gov. Allen’s Region 10 Opportunity Virginia Board, an effort to get localities to pool their resources and become regional entities.
She also served as legislative aide to Del. Don Merricks, R-Pittsylvania County, according to the article.
As of 2010, the industries she had helped recruit to this area included Drake Extrusion, Knauss Foods and GSI Commerce.
Carter attended Patrick Henry Community College and graduated cum laude from Averett University (formerly Averett College) in Danville, according to the news release.
She could not be reached for comment Friday.