NEWBERN, Tenn., May 22, 2014 -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) today recognized retiring Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill for 32 years of partnership and public service. A proclamation from RD State Director Bobby Goode was presented by Area Director Harriet Cannon and staff during the Business and Industry Appreciation Fish Fry at Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Newbern (TCAT).
“Leadership is vital to the economic health of every community and region,” said Cannon. “County Mayor Richard Hill has served in many capacities through the years, and in every one has helped guide the region forward.”
The proclamation reads: Whereas, Richard Hill has served the people of Dyer County for 32 years; and Whereas, In that time he has provided notable leadership and support for the work of USDA Rural Development staff and programs; and Whereas, His ongoing leadership has built lasting coalitions that have resulted in ongoing economic development for the region within farm and business sectors; and Whereas, His foresight and understanding of the complexities of inter-governmental relationships have resulted in significant revitalization of infrastructure and creation of a judicious Rainy Day Fund; Now, therefore, USDA Rural Development does hereby proclaim Richard Hill a valued Partner in Rural Community Development.
Over 600 people attended the fish fry representing businesses, elected officials and economic development partners from TCAT’s service area including Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale, and Obion Counties. “Dyer County and the region’s future is brighter because of the work of Richard Hill,” said Cannon.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x4, or 800-342-3149 x1497. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.
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