WASHINGTON, DC – Rhiannon C. Hampson of Thomaston has been appointed state director of rural development in Maine.
State directors are the directors general of the United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the states and territories. With the guidance and support of the national office, state directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic objectives of rural development.
Hampson grew up in Gardiner and the Machias area and most recently served as District Representative for Agriculture and Environmental Issues in the office of Representative Chellie Pingree, D-1st Dist. A member of a multigenerational military family, she previously worked with adults with developmental disabilities. She graduated from the University of Maine at Machias, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Studies.
Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports improved infrastructure, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care, and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. .
In his new role, Hampson will be based at the USDA Rural Development State Office in Bangor.
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