Indianapolis, IN, Jul 30, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Melissa Christiansen will be serving in an important leadership capacity during the coming year. Melissa was elected at the 40th Annual meeting of the National Association of Credit Specialists (NACS) of USDA Rural Development meeting to serve as Zone C Representative, representing over 840 NACS members nationwide. This will require her to carry NACS concerns to Washington, DC periodically and to participate in the NACS Zone C meeting and the 2014 Annual meeting.
The annual meeting of the NACS concluded on June 26, 2013 in San Diego, California. NACS is a consultative employee association, organized in 1973, whose purpose is to initiate and promote improvements in the delivery system of Rural Development programs and services to Rural America. Throughout the years, NACS has been very successful in this endeavor due to the dedication of its members, as well as its successful consultative relationship with the agency’s administration.
Melissa has been a very active NACS member for many years. She has served as IACS President and been appointed to many committees either as a primary or alternate member. Melissa also served as Chairperson of the Management Committee which includes numerous hours of work outside her normal duties and work station
Starting her career with USDA in 1983, Melissa currently serves as the Area Business Programs Specialist for 13 counties in Northwest Indiana, helping rural small businesses by working in partnership with the private sector and community based organizations to provide financing and business planning. She is a graduate of Purdue University, and is currently active in many organizations within her community.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development invested more than $49 million since 2009 for growth in homeownership, and assistance in home repairs. More than 1.7 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.
President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 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 America.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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