Rural Infrastructure Authority

The Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is the appointed board that awards Rural, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Utility Account grant funds. The RIA consists of 16 members who are appointed as follows:

  • The Secretary of Commerce serves as a nonvoting ex officio member except in case of a tie;
  • Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county;
  • Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and they shall each represent a tier 1 or Tier 2 county; and
  • Five members appointed by the Governor, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or tier 2 county.

Specific powers and duties of the Rural Infrastructure Authority are identified in General Statute 143B-472.128

 

Roster of Board Members
Name County

Joe Carpenter

Gaston County

Pamela J. Cundiff

Rockingham County

Lige Daughtridge

Nash/Edgecombe County

Jeff Etheridge

Columbus County

Lee Grantham

Robeson County

Jan Hayes

Lee County

Tommy Hester (Chairman)

Vance County

Dean Hilton

Bladen County

Heath Jenkins

Gaston County

Darrell McCormick

Yadkin County

Abdul Rasheed

Vance County

Jeff Smith

Chowan County

William Webb

Richmond County

Theodore Westmoreland, II (Vice Chairman)

Cleveland County