Eric has spent most of his career involved in planning and policy with focus on technology-driven economic development for Appalachian communities. Prior to joining Magellan, Eric spent 13 years as Research Associate with University of Tennessee’s Baker Center for Public Policy. Among significant projects, Eric led development of the first two community wireless networks in the Southeast. Eric has project management experience serving as Principal Investigator for corporate and federal sponsors, often engaging stakeholders in participatory processes. Eric holds positions in organizations, including a role as Treasurer of the Rural Telecommunication Congress. Prior to UT, Eric held economic development positions with Newport Utilities, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Cocke County government. Eric holds an MS in Planning and a BS in Business Administration, Marketing and Logistics, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.