David Baker to lead USDA’s local rural development agency

President Joe Biden recently announced the appointment of David Baker as USDA’s Director of Rural Development for Delaware / Maryland.

Baker served for more than 33 years in the local government of Sussex County in Delaware as the chief financial officer and county administrator.

During his tenure, Baker became familiar with USDA grant programs through projects he helped facilitate. One of these projects, the West Rehoboth Sewer Project, became the second largest USDA-funded project upon implementation.

He also has economic development experience helping businesses thrive in a rural area, and has served on various nonprofit organization boards and assisted them with rural development funds for their projects in Sussex County. .

As state director, Baker hopes to ensure that rural communities in Delaware and Maryland are well positioned to benefit from rural development programs and the USDA. This will improve economic opportunities as well as the environment and living conditions, which will help these communities to thrive.

Baker is a longtime Delaware resident and a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and sociology. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Wilmington College.

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