Welcome from USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin

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Welcome to the Texas USDA Rural Development website. I hope that you find the site informative and a useful tool when determining how best the Agency can assist with providing you or your organization with rural economic and community development financial assistance. Please know that we stand ready to work with you and to think creatively to develop and foster partnerships on a local or regional basis that will allow the Agency to deliver our programs in a more efficient manner. We must listen to our rural customers and meet their needs in an effort to achieve sustainable community development.

USDA Rural Development has many authorities at its disposal to literally build a small rural town from the ground up. There are few, if any, other agencies in the Federal government that have such authorities. While we will continue to deliver our core programs through housing, business, essential community facilities and utilities, you will see special emphasis on broadband development, renewable energy, community based food markets and on adding value to our agricultural producer commodities.

Fiscal Year 2013 was a pivotal year for USDA Rural Development. Over 1.8 billion dollars was invested in rural Texas communities in an effort to save and create jobs while placing special emphasis on broadband deployment, renewable energy, energy efficiency and value-added programs that will benefit our agriculture producers. These initiatives will result in further job creation in our Texas communities through manufacturing and processing and will allow rural businesses to grow and develop viable technologies that will lead us further into the 21st century. Rural Development is increasing economic opportunities today so individuals and communities will have a better quality of life tomorrow.

You can be assured Texas USDA Rural Development through its 25 field offices stands ready to meet the challenges before us, especially during these uncertain economic times as we move further into the 21st century, to help create and retain jobs and promote economic growth in this great state. In addition, as your State Director, I will always be available to garner state and local collaborations and leverage resources to better serve our rural constituents in meeting their community development needs. Thank you for considering USDA Rural Development.--Paco Valentin

Biography for State Director Paco Valentin

In June 2009, the Obama Administration appointed Paco Valentin the Texas State Director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As State Director, Paco leads the agency efforts to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Texans. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure.

Paco has dedicated his professional career to working for agricultural and rural interests. He formerly served as the Texas Program Director of the Rural Utilities Service with USDA Rural Development. For 34 years, he has worked with USDA in various leadership capacities, including his tenure as Area Director in both Georgetown and Bryan, Texas. He gained familiarity with community facilities and multi-family housing loans while serving as a USDA Rural Development Housing Loan Specialist. During the period of 1982-1991, Valentin was County Supervisor for the USDA Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) in Caldwell, Texas. Prior to that position, he served as Assistant County Supervisor in Gilmer Texas for FmHA. Before beginning his federal career in 1979 he worked as a ranch manager.

During his tenure as State Director, Rural Development has provided over $8.3 billion in rural investments throughout Texas for housing, rural utilities, community facilities, and rural business and cooperative development. Among his notable awards, he was recently recognized with the 2013 Statewide Rural Leadership Award by the Coordinating and Development Corporation of the Ark-La-Tex region, and was the recipient of the Urban Counties Leadership Award in 2010. Paco has also been awarded the USDA Rural Development Distinguish Service Award.

Valentin holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Southwest Texas State University. He and his wife, Angie, live in Temple, Texas, and have two daughters, Jordan and Taylor. He enjoys spending quiet time on the family ranch and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.