Carter Wood HeadshotCarter Wood is a senior manager for Location Investment Services Group at Ernst & Young. Carter works directly with southeastern clients on expansions and relocations to identify sites and secure discretionary incentive programs to off-set initial startup costs. Carter acts as the relationship manager with key client accounts and serves as the firm’s designated subject matter expert and market leader for site selection and incentives negotiations in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. Carter negotiates incentive packages for relocation and expansion projects and is responsible for managing engagement and compliance teams throughout a project’s life cycle.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Carter worked with Georgia Department of Economic Development as a statewide project manager. While there, Carter was responsible for recruiting businesses to the State of Georgia with a focus on advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense companies. Carter has recommended statutory incentive programs and discretionary grants to companies on behalf of the State of Georgia as well as provided industrial sites selection services to prospective companies considering Georgia as a place for expansion and relocation.

Carter represents the firm at professional events including giving presentations, speeches and serving on panels discussing market trends and Ernst & Young’s service capabilities. Carter is also a Climate and Sustainability Leader for the southeast area for the firm and maintains a large network of state, local and private contacts to develop projects leads and obtain market insight.

Carter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Georgia.


Rose Burden

Rose BurdenRose Burden is an Executive Director and the Southeast Leader for the Business Tax Credit and Incentives Practice at Ernst & Young LLP, a US member firm of the global EY organization.

Rose assumes a leadership role in identifying business incentive opportunities for clients in the six-state region.  She has secured millions of dollars in savings for clients with facility or capital investment expansion projects.  Rose has also helped clients realize significant benefits in areas such as state and local grants, local property tax reductions, training program grants and tax credits, expedited permitting, reduced land costs, sales and use tax abatements, enterprise zone benefits, income tax credits, infrastructure grants and utility rate reductions.

Rose has more than 25 years of project management and economic development experience in local and statewide development.  She has served as the lead project manager on numerous corporate relocation and expansion projects in industry sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, technology, broadcasting and entertainment networks and manufacturing and distribution.

Rose has facilitated the approval of property tax and other incentives for more than 200 Fortune 100 projects in North America and globally.  She has an exceptional track record of establishing relationships and building support teams with key government officials and the private sector, delivering positive economic impact projects for clients and communities.  A primary goal is to maximize business incentives and bottom line savings for clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Rose directed economic development and corporate expansion programs for Fulton County (Atlanta based), and was a former senior site selection project manager for Oglethorpe Power Corporation.

Rose received her BS in Business and Marketing from Florida State University.  She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute – University of Oklahoma.  Rose completed economic development certificate requirements from Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a Real Estate Licensed Professional in the state of Georgia.