USDA Rural Development helps advance New Mexico
29 Dec 2016
On Friday, my time as state director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development will end. Little did I know when took this job in 2009 that there were great challenges facing New Mexico’s rural communities, and more down the road.During the last eight years we worked through a recession, post-recession, stimulus program, sequestration, government shut-down, an economic stagnation in New Mexico’s economy, and a rise in in our state’s poverty level and unemployment rate. USDA Rural Development helped stabilize rural communities as these events unfolded by investing more than $2 billion and thousands of man hours to help rural communities toward a sustainable future.
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