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Bonnie Ammons named first executive director of Rural Infrastructure
web posted November 9, 2012
COLUMBIA – Bonnie Ammons is the newly
appointed executive director of the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority
(RIA). The announcement was made by the RIA board during the
organization’s board meeting today at the S.C. Department of Commerce.
The RIA was created by the S.C. General assembly and is tasked with
selecting and assisting in financing qualified rural infrastructure by
providing loans and other financial assistance to municipalities,
counties, special purpose and public service districts, as well as
public works commissions for constructing and improving rural
infrastructure facilities. Ammons will serve as the authority’s first
“Bonnie Ammons has a wealth of experience in the economic development
arena, working with rural areas across the state. She has been a
valuable part of the Commerce team for years and is a perfect fit for
helping lead the Rural Infrastructure Authority,” said Secretary of
Commerce Bobby Hitt, who is board chairman of the RIA.
Ammons has worked in state government for more than 21 years, most
recently serving as the assistant director of Federal Grant Programs in
the Grants Division at the S.C. Department of Commerce. As assistant
director, she oversaw the state’s Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission Program, which
have annual allocations of approximately $25 million.
During her tenure, the CDBG program received numerous awards and
recognition from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
the Council of State Community Development Agencies and the National
Association of Development Organizations.
Ammons is a Montgomery, Ala. native and graduated from Auburn
University at Montgomery.
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