RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – President Biden has appointed Perry Hickman to serve as Virginia’s state director of rural development with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The role of the state director is to serve as the chief executive of rural development, helping to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.
“I am truly honored to be nominated by President Biden and to serve as the USDA’s Virginia State Director for Rural Development,” Hickman said. “I am grateful for this opportunity and will continue to work with rural Virginia communities to meet their housing, community, infrastructure and business development needs.”
According to the USDA, Hickman grew up in Tappahannock, Virginia, and continues to reside there today. Hickman graduated from VCU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in real estate and urban land development.
Hickman began his federal career with USDA Rural Development in April 2008, where he worked primarily in the Rural Development Community Programs Division. Hickman has assisted rural municipalities, nonprofit corporations, and tribal entities seeking federal financial assistance to help provide essential services to their rural communities.
Hickman’s most recent position was as director of community programs for Virginia, where he managed a $750 million portfolio.
USDA Rural Development has a state office in Richmond and four regional offices located in Wytheville, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Courtland. There are currently 52 full-time staff members serving agricultural producers, rural communities, businesses and Virginia residents.
Hickman will begin serving as Virginia’s state director of rural development on Monday, March 28.