Welcome From USDA Rural Development
State Director, Dr. Basil I. Gooden

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia website. While Virginia is rich in heritage, history, and natural resources, our greatest resource is our people.  From our small towns, country roads, winding rivers and majestic mountains, rural Virginia provides a wealth of wonderment and opportunities for families to live, work, and do business. USDA-RD is here to serve these families and communities.

USDA-RD collaborates with rural communities and provides strategic investments to develop their economic potential, increase entrepreneurial capacity, and help produce affordable neighborhoods.  By partnering with local governments, nonprofit groups, state, and other federal agencies, USDA-RD is better able to accomplish its mission; to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.   

USDA-RD assists in building vibrant, sustainable communities by financing projects essential to improving the quality of life and environment. Through USDA-RD, funding is available for job creation, business development, essential community facilities, basic infrastructure and affordable housing. In 2013, USDA-RD invested more than $1.3 billion into housing, community and economic development projects throughout Virginia.

This strategic investment of financial and technical resources fosters an environment that attracts private sector development and investment in communities. USDA-RD is working to encourage and promote regional economic collaborations in economically-distressed areas to stimulate job creation, economic development and build community capacity. By advocating for communities to work together on a regional basis, there are greater opportunities to broaden our impact, offering a wider array of economic opportunities to the communities.

Please take the time to explore our website to learn about our specific USDA-RD programs.  Chances are, we have a program to address your need.  Again, thanks for visiting and we welcome the opportunity to assist the citizens of our great Commonwealth.

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