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USDA Rural Development Announces New Staff Member to Join West Virginia Team: Welcome Kayleigh Kyle, Community Development Specialist

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MORGANTOWN, W.V., August 15, 2022 – Today, the USDA Rural Development West Virginia office welcomes the addition of Kayleigh Kyle as a Community Development Specialist to the state Rural Development team.

Kyle joins USDA Rural Development from the Fairmont Community Development Partnership, Inc., where she served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2020.

“I’m incredibly excited to have Kayleigh as part of the team,” said Ryan Thorn, West Virginia State Director for USDA Rural Development. “Her experience, dedication, and passion for improving our rural communities makes her a great asset to not only USDA Rural Development, but to the entire state of West Virginia.”

As Community Development Specialist, Kyle will work with stakeholder groups across the state to promote Rural Development’s programs and initiatives, build mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships, identify project opportunities, and enhance the overall impact of Rural Development’s investments in West Virginia.

In addition to her most recent role at the Fairmont Community Development Partnership, Kyle served as Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Shinnston, West Virginia. In addition to her previous work experiences, she’s participated in the West Virginia Community Development Hub’s Community Coaching Fellowship and is a member of the Hub’s Community Collaborative Network steering committee, the Downtown Appalachia Working Group, Invest Appalachia’s Framers Cohort, and Leadership Harrison. Kyle earned a degree from West Virginia University in 2010.

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. 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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