Trump Administration Appoints Hilda Legg to Serve as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Kentucky

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The Trump Administration recently appointed Hilda Legg as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Kentucky, where she began her new role on Monday, November 27. Legg brings more than 30 years of experience in federal government agency management, as a consultant for rural infrastructure, in economic development in rural Appalachia, in education, project management, and as a business owner. President Trump will be the fourth U.S. president she has served under during her distinguished career improving economic conditions throughout rural America.

“I am excited about this opportunity to focus on serving all the rural communities across the Commonwealth,” said Legg. “Rural Development has the ability to impact lives in so many ways, from broadband to new infrastructure, and I am proud to lead this agency as we develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.”

Legg previously served as the 15th administrator of the Rural Utilities Services, promoting broadband access throughout the nation. She administered a $6 billion loan and grant program for the infrastructure needs of rural America and understands the evolving needs in rural Kentucky as the economy expands.

As State Director, Legg will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Kentucky. Legg welcomes input on ways she can partner with local communities to find innovative ways to improve quality of life throughout Kentucky.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

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; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Last Modified: 12/05/2017