WR-Martin Continues to Grow in 2018


As we welcome in the new year, we are excited to announce several amazing new hires who have recently joined the WR-Martin team. 2017 was a year filled with much positive change and momentum for our organization, and, as such, our team continues to expand to better support our clients’ economic development, strategic, financial and funding/grant related needs.

WR-Martin is pleased to announce the additions of Amanda Whitaker, Emily Edmonds, and Robert Taylor to our team. At WR-Martin, we thrive on being a team of service-oriented individuals that focus on putting our customer’s needs first and doing what it takes to create lasting value for our clients. Each of these individuals embodies these characteristics and we couldn’t be more excited and proud to have them on the team.

Formerly Montgomery County’s Economic Development Director, Ms. Whitaker brings more than 11 years of  experience and a proven track record of success in grant writing, grant administration, and community and economic development projects. Amanda has worked with a number of funding agencies on successful projects including: NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Cultural Resources, NC Department of Environmental Quality, NC Tobacco Trust, Golden LEAF Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture. She has successfully written and administered grants for projects all over North Carolina for economic development, neighborhood stabilization, housing rehabilitation, parks and recreation, public infrastructure, and downtown revitalization.

Ms. Edmonds has worked in economic development, grant writing and administration, and community outreach across the east coast for over 10 years. She has written and administered grants totaling more than  $10 million for towns, counties, and cities across the state in the areas of community redevelopment; social and health services; parks, recreation, and cultural resources; and agricultural economic development.

Mr. Taylor brings 17 years of experience managing economic development initiatives with local government entities and communities in North Carolina, with expertise ranging from grants management, workforce and economic development, and financial management. Mr. Taylor will heavily assist with the Southeastern Economic Development Commission Disaster Recovery Coordinator role that WR-Martin has been assigned to, as well as assist with funding program facilitation, applications, and administration.

As our grants and funding team grows, we are excited to integrate our new team members’ skills and experience into our program of service. We invite you to explore how we can assist you in accomplishing your community’s goals and objectives. Have a big project in the works? Let’s talk.