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Jose A. Otero-Garcia was appointed by President Obama as State Director for Rural Development in September of 2009.

Jose Otero-Garcia, has served as the USDA Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico, since August of 1999. Prior to becoming State Director, he served as Puerto Rico's Commissioner for Municipal Affairs from 1996 to 1999 and as its Deputy Commissioner from 1995 to 1996.

In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of Puerto Rico's municipal affairs, Otero-Garcia developed a uniform accounting computer system and improved the overall disbursement of Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) that benefited the island's 78 municipalities.

Otero-Garcia has served as a member of the Governor's Council on Economic Development and chaired The Committee for the Development of Main Street Initiative. He has received the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Best Practice Blue Ribbon Award for the development of new strategies on citizen participation in the CDBG program.

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure.

Rural Development has a network of 6,100 employees and 500 offices, a portfolio of business, housing, and infrastructure loans totaling $132 billion, and provides an estimated $20 billion annually to support economic and community development in rural America.