McDonnell names deputy secretary for rural economic development
Gov. Bob McDonnell repeatedly pledged during the campaign to appoint a state official specifically devoted to the needs of rural Virginia. It looks like he has followed through on the promise.
McDonnell named Mary Rae Carter on Friday as deputy secretary of commerce and trade for rural economic development, the secretary of commerce's senior liaison to rural Virginia.
Carter, based in Franklin County, will be tasked with promoting economic development in rural parts of the state, which have been hit particularly hard in the economic downturn. The southern Virginia native has held various board positions with rural economic development groups, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Center for Rural Virginia.
"This job has one simple objective: Bring more good-paying jobs to rural Virginia. I look forward to getting started," she said in a statement.
March 26, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
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