Chase County Chief-News
Christy Cauble Davis of Cottonwood Falls has been named state director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the USDA announced Monday.
Davis is a fifth-generation Kansan who has dedicated her career to serving and strengthening Kansas communities.
According to a written statement, for more than two decades, Davis has facilitated statewide projects and programs that have generated billions of dollars in economic impact. She served as Legislative President of the Kansas Downtown Development Association and a member of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Most recently, Davis served as executive director of Symphony in Flint Hills. In keeping with her passion for building communities, in 2016 Christy and her husband Luke adopted a historic building in Cottonwood Falls and turned it into an award-winning laundromat. In 2019, the couple rehabilitated a historic bank building to create new accommodation and a bookstore. When she’s not working, Davis enjoys participating in community events, hiking, swimming, reading and spending time with her 10-year-old son.
“Here at USDA, we continue to add experienced and talented people to our state offices,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I have full confidence that Christy Davis will add knowledge and leadership to the dedicated Rural Development team.”
State RD Directors serve as the general manager of rural development in the states and territories and are responsible for carrying out the mission of rural development for the benefit of all in rural America. With guidance and support from the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the rural development mission and strategic goals and providing key leadership to develop and support a productive state workforce. , diverse and inclusive.