Nashville, Tenn., Jul 28, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode has named Sherri McCarter as the Community Development Specialist for the state of Tennessee. McCarter will serve in Rural Development’s State Office in Nashville and will be the primary advisor for rural and community development throughout Tennessee for the agency.
"Sherri brings a wealth of hands-on experience and will serve as a great asset to the agency," said Goode. "Having worked in community and economic development for the last 26 years, Sherri has a working knowledge that will benefit communities and help spur economic development across the state.”
Most recently, McCarter served as the Executive Director for the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce in Gibson County. Prior to her position with the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, McCarter spent nearly18 years as a Regional Economic Development Specialist for the state of Tennessee, overseeing and responsible for 33 counties. Throughout her career, McCarter has served in many roles and capacities as a director, manager, and consultant.
“Sherri’s performance history and unique perspective from working at both the local and state levels attribute to her ability to understand the needs of communities across Tennessee” said Goode.
A Crockett County native, Sherri earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. Sherri has also completed education at the University of Oklahoma and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives as she studied organizational and chamber of commerce management practices. In addition, she has completed leadership courses and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, TVA Rural Economic Development Leadership Program, Delta Regional Institute, and WestStar Leadership, among others. Sherri is married and she and her husband, Kendall McCarter, have a 15 year old daughter, Julia.
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 the meeting or USDA Rural Development programs available in Tennessee contact the Tennessee State Office at 615-783-1300, or 800-342-3149. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).