NASHVILLE, Tenn, Aug 03, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode has named David Collett Director of the agency’s Chattanooga Area Office that serves 10 southeast Tennessee counties including Hamilton, Bradley, Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie.
"David brings a wealth of hands-on experience to his new management role," said Goode. "Having worked in offices across the state he has a good grasp of how to meet the needs of our customers and staff."
"There's no doubt his experience as an athlete, on and off the field, also helped develop his leadership abilities and his drive for excellence," Goode said. "David is a great asset to our USDA Rural Development management team in Tennessee."
Collett began his work with USDA Rural Development in 2003 as a co-op student while still in college. After graduation he was hired full-time to serve as a specialist in the agency's community programs that finance water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, first responder facilities and other key civic infrastructure for rural areas. Collett has served in the agency's offices in Knoxville, Union City, Covington and Chattanooga.
During college Collett excelled as a kicker for the TTU Golden Eagles NCAA football team. He was drafted and spent a year as a kicker for the Indianapolis Colts. Today he trains young players through kicking clinics and at East Hamilton County high School and Red Bank High School.
A Soddy Daisy native, Collett earned his Bachelor Degree in Agriculture at Tennessee Technological University in 2003 and an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in 2004. Collett leads the Young Adults Sunday School Class at Ridgedale Baptist Church and he and wife Holly volunteer at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen several times each year. The Colletts have a two year old son, Jacob Andrew.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, businesses, community infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year Rural Development assisted more than 866,000 Tennessee families and businesses with more than $619 million in affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in southeast Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Chattanooga at 423-756-2239 ext. 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1492, or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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