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
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.
strategic investment of financial and technical resources fosters an
environment that attracts private sector development and investment
USDA-RD is working to encourage and promote regional
economic collaborations in economically-distressed areas to
stimulate job creation, economic development and build community
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.
Click here to view the State Director's BIO