Contact Staff

McMinn County Economic Development Authority Staff

5 S. Hill Street, Suite C
Athens, TN 37303
Office: (423) 745-1506
Fax: (423) 745-1507

Kathy Price, CEcD
Executive Director

As the Executive Director for the McMinn County Economic Development Authority, Kathy is responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention and expansion programs. Kathy is experienced in economic and community development focused on new business development in the commercial and manufacturing industries, existing business retention and expansion, and downtown redevelopment. She holds a national certification in economic development through the International Economic Development Council. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Tennessee Wesleyan College. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and Roane State Community College, where she studied both Business Management Technology and Geographical Information Systems. 

Dana Ferguson
Executive Assistant/Membership Director

As Executive Assistant for the Development Authority, Dana is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the office.  She also serves as the recording secretary for both the McMinn County Economic Development Board of Directors, and is the administrator of records for the Industrial Development Board of McMinn County.  Dana heads up special projects for the Development Authority.  Dana is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.  She is currently working on her MBA at Tennessee Wesleyan University.