Elsie M. Meeks, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director recently promoted April Norton to Single Family Housing Specialist. Norton began her federal career with Rural Development in April of 2005.
“April will be a great asset to the Rural Housing staff and she is ready to assist people who are interested in homeownership opportunities,” said Meeks. “Rural Development is helping to improve the quality of life for South Dakota residents while assisting the growth of rural communities.”
April’s prior experience within Rural Development has been as a technician in the Single Family Housing Direct & Guaranteed Division and as a technician in the Rural Business and Cooperative Division.
“I am thrilled to be able to assist families with the home ownership process. Home ownership has a lasting effect on families and communities,” said Norton. “I am currently servicing the counties of Aurora, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, McCook, Sanborn, Turner, Union, and Yankton. Please call or email me if you are interested in exploring homeownership opportunities. I can be reached at 605-996-1564, Ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
April is inspired by her coworkers. Everyone pulls together to get the job done, no matter how difficult things are personally or professionally. Norton said, “I am blessed to be a part of such a committed USDA family. I love how individual and group efforts work together to make great communities.”
April resides in Mitchell with her husband Jerry and two children, McKenzie and Brock. In her free time she enjoys church activities, NFL football, traveling and shopping.
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state that assist rural communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.