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USDA Rural Development Announces New Staff Member to Join West Virginia Team: Welcome Andrew Stacy, Public Affairs Specialist

Emily Cannon
Release Date

MORGANTOWN, W.V., October 26, 2022 – Today, the USDA Rural Development West Virginia office welcomes the addition of Andrew Stacy as a Public Affairs Specialist to the West Virginia Rural Development team. 

Andrew joins USDA Rural Development from the City of Morgantown, West Virginia where he served as the Communications Director since 2017.

“I’m incredibly excited to have Andrew as part of the team,” said Ryan Thorn, West Virginia State Director for USDA Rural Development. “His creativity, storytelling, and strategic thinking makes him a great asset to not only USDA Rural Development, but to the entire state of West Virginia.”

As Public Affairs Specialist, Stacy will work closely with the State Director to engage and communicate with stakeholder groups across the state to promote Rural Development’s programs and initiatives, build mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships, and identify opportunities to tell Rural Development’s story and the impact its investments have on the people and places across West Virginia.

In addition to his most recent role at the City of Morgantown, Andrew has held positions as Project Manager and Public Relations Coordinator for the West Virginia Water Research Institute, and Communications Specialist with the West Virginia Conservation Agency.

In addition to his previous work experiences, Andrew is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served five years as an Operations Specialist aboard the U.S.S. Chosin stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Andrew is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.  

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, 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 assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/wv. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit the GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.



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