Rapid City, SD, Feb 16, 2012 -- South Dakota USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks recently recognized Tim Potts for achieving 30 years of service with the federal government.
Potts is currently the Area Director with the USDA Rural Development in South Dakota. He overseas offices that service 24 counties in the state; providing a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs
Elsie M. Meeks, State Director said “Tim contributes every day to the USDA Rural Development’s mission of increasing economic opportunities and improving the quality of life for South Dakota. Tim’s commitment to his community and state has had far reaching benefits and we are thankful for his years of service.”
Starting as a farm kid from Lebanon, SD, and graduating from Gettysburg High School, Potts decided to pursue a degree in Agriculture Business and Economics at South Dakota State University, graduating in 1982.
After working as a farm laborer, custom harvester, fast food cook and then working at ASCS, a division of USDA, Potts joined Farmers Home Administration in June 1982 as an Assistant County Supervisor in Sturgis, SD. The job took him to several locations - Sturgis, Rapid City, Huron, Miller, and then back to Sturgis, SD where he currently lives.
Potts was promoted to Area Director in Rapid City in 1995. His area of responsibility includes serving all of western SD and five counties in eastern SD. Potts also worked closely with an $18 million Presidential Initiative on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation known as the Oglala Oyate Woitancan Empowerment Zone.
As a volunteer in his community, Pott's serves on many boards, assists with programs such as Jaycees Toys for Tots and Sturgis Scooper Booster Club and enjoys serving as an Assistant Minister at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Sturgis City Council was his first attempt at politics and Potts was elected in April 2010 to the council. Potts said, “I enjoy being involved in the community, this is a real learning experience and has actually helped me to better understand city financing in my job at Rural Development”.
Pott’s most memorable moments in his job are helping families of all income levels purchase their first home and assisting small communities build integral infrastructure such as fire halls and wastewater systems.
Tim and his wife Marcia have two grown children, Trevor and Tara.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs.
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state serving South Dakotans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.
Further information on this and other programs offered by USDA Rural Development is available by calling (605) 352-1100, by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/sd or at any local area office.