When it comes to dedication and commitment in serving rural South Carolina, Patti Walker, who works as an Area Specialist at the Aiken, South Carolina USDA Rural Development Office, is a great example.
Walker, who has over 31 years of experience working for USDA Rural Development, is responsible for underwriting Community Facility Grants and both Direct and Guaranteed Loans for USDA. In this capacity, Walker has assisted many communities across rural South Carolina by helping them obtain loans and grants to construct, expand or improve various community facilities.
Walker has always had a roll in serving rural South Carolinians and has been a member of the National Association of Credit Specialists (NACS) for the past 11 years. This year she was recognized for her accomplishments by being selected by the NACS to serve as the Zone D Representative for the Water Environmental Programs/Community Facilities Committee. Zone D covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.
In this capacity, Walker will be required to present both Community Facilities and Water and Waste Program concerns to our National Office and will also participate in NACS Zone D meetings next year. Walker provided the following statement about this announcement, “I want to thank the leadership of the National Association of Credit Specialists for this awesome opportunity I have been given to be of service and to make a difference in what we do while serving our rural residents.”
NACS is a professional organization of USDA employees working to support rural America. The organization works to expand, improve and expedite USDA services to our rural customers by providing recommendations to our agency leaders on how to improve loan delivery throughout the country.
“This is a great honor for Patti, and we are proud to recognize her for this achievement”, said State Director Debbie Turbeville. Not only will this leadership roll help to provide insights on how to improve the lives of rural South Carolinians, it may also help improve the lives for many rural Americans. When rural America thrives, all America thrives!
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/sc.