Dr.William McGowan.

Welcome from USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. William McGowan

Welcome to the USDA Rural Development website for Delaware/Maryland. The economic and community development arm of the USDA, Rural Development's mission is to improve economic conditions and the quality of life in rural communities. To achieve this mission, Rural Development administers community, business and housing programs which offer loans, loan guarantees and grants. Within this site, you will find detailed program specifics, eligibility guidelines and contact information for our state and local offices. We are committed to the future of Maryland and Delaware's rural communities.


Dr. William McGowan serves as the USDA Rural Development State Director for Delaware and Maryland. Dr. McGowan has been a leader in rural communities for over 35 years. His diverse background includes 12 years of management in the agriculture supply and horticulture industry. In 1989, he joined the University of Delaware as a Cooperative Extension agent. His 24-year extension career focused on helping people work through complex public issues. Bill believes that lasting solutions emerge from the community and guides the development and implementation of a path forward accordingly. His portfolio includes economic and community development, organizational and community leadership, water quality, land use and health care.

Bill was an instructor for the LEADelaware program, a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Public Administration, and a founding board member of the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC), a 501c3 that focused on creating sustainable economic prosperity. He also served as board member for many years on the Sussex Conservation District and Center for the Inland Bays.