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Release No.STELPRD4016544
ContactMegan M. Pittman(601) 965-5917 ext. 115
(MAY 25, 2012) MISSISSIPPI USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT STATE DIRECTOR TRINA GEORGE NAMED "DELTA DISTINGUISHED" BY DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY
Jackson, MS, May 25, 2012 --

@@ USDA Rural Development Mississippi State Director Trina George has been named the Delta Regional Authority’s May 2012 “Delta Distinguished” award recipient. 

“It is such an honor to be named a ‘Delta Distinguished’ recipient,” George said. “I hope to continue the relationship with the Delta Regional Authority so both agencies can maintain their work to help residents in the Mississippi Delta.”

George is one of 12 people recognized annually for their work serving the Delta region and inspiring lasting change throughout their community, state and the nation. The Authority showcases a “Delta’s Distinguished” recipient each month to motivate others to continue their commitment to creating jobs, building communities and improving the lives of the people of the Delta.

Congress established the Delta Regional Authority in 2000 to work to improve life for the 10 million people who reside in 252 Delta counties and parishes in parts of eight states. It is funded by state economic development assistance programs to support job creation and improve transportation and basic infrastructure. Initiatives such as iDelta and the Healthy Delta Initiative ensure that Delta communities are connected and healthy in the 21st century. 

For more information about the Delta Regional Authority, visit http://www.dra.gov/default.aspx.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.