Jane Asselta, vice president of the Southern New Jersey Development Council, has been named New Jersey State Director for Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by the administration of President Joe Biden.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This aid supports:
- Infrastructure improvements;
- Business development;
- Housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities;
- Broadband internet access in rural areas.
Asselta, the first woman to hold the position, will lead a team of more than 20 specialists, providing a full range of investment programs and services designed to help residents and businesses in rural New Jersey communities increase economic opportunity. and to improve the quality of life and conditions.
“I look forward to continuing to expand opportunities for economic growth in South Jersey and other rural areas of New Jersey. USDA’s rural development programs fund some $250 million in annual bonds, making a real difference for rural towns and their residents,” she said. “I am honored to be nominated by President Biden and grateful to have the privilege of serving the rural towns, residents and businesses of Northwest and Southern New Jersey.”
About the SNJDC
The Southern New Jersey Development Council is a nonprofit economic development lobbying organization that promotes responsible economic development in Southern New Jersey. SNJDC members consist of leaders and key decision-makers from the public and private sectors who care about issues concerning the current and future development of South Jersey.
SNJDC President Marlene Asselta applauded the announcement.
“Jane was an invaluable leader within the SNJDC for over 10 years and will be missed by staff, members and colleagues in South Jersey,” she said. “By sharing her talent and skills in association management, economic development and government affairs, she has contributed to the growth and influence of this organization.
“I am very proud that she has been appointed to this position and I am sure that she will be as successful in it as she has been with us.”
Jane Asselta said the lessons she learned at SNJDC will stay with her.
“I could not be more prepared for an opportunity like this, thanks to the leadership of SNJDC, its staff and the results of working with so many members over the past 10 years to provide access to good information; an understanding of the key issues impacting the region’s economic competitiveness; to leverage initiative access and project advocacy – all to support economic development and business retention and expansion in South Jersey,” she said.