USDA Announces Hills Appointment to Equity Commission Subcommittee on Rural Community Economic Development – Brainerd Dispatch

STAPLES – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the 12 members of the new subcommittee of the Equity Commission on Rural Community Economic Development, including Cheryal Hills, who is currently executive director of the region five.

Hills was selected from more than 500 applicants, with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack nominating 12 people to serve on the USDA Equity Commission’s rural community economic development subcommittee. Members of the subcommittee include representatives from community organizations, credit institutions, small businesses or cooperatives, tribal entities, and two members of the Equity Commission. Hills was Minnesota’s sole representative. Other new subcommittee members span communities from Maryland to Oregon and from Illinois to Florida, as well as Puerto Rico.

“I am deeply honored to accept this nomination and am committed to building equitable economic ecosystems that honor environmental stewardship and embrace underserved populations in rural communities,” Hills said in a press release. “I appreciate the fact that I still have a lot to learn and that I can benefit from various advice. Please feel free to share ideas on how the USDA could make services more inclusive and accessible and how the USDA could encourage the same from organizations providing services through federal investments. .

The new subcommittee will work with the Equity Commission and its subcommittee on agriculture to provide recommendations to the secretary that specifically address issues and concerns regarding rural development, persistent poverty, and underserved communities. To learn more, visit To read the full USDA press release, visit:

Hills can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 218-296-5200.

The Region 5 Development Commission describes itself as a high-performing, region-focused partner committed to improving the vitality and quality of life in Region 5 through a resilient, collaborative, and inclusive approach to regional community development, economic development and transportation initiatives.

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