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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 17 members who are appointed as follows:

  • The Secretary of Commerce, or the Secretary's designee, as an ex officio member;
  • Four members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county;
  • Four 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
  • Eight 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
Charles Brown Stanly

Pamela J. Cundiff

Rockingham

Lige Daughtridge

Nash

Joyce M. Dickens

Edgecombe

Jeff D. Etheridge

Columbus

Elizabeth P. Gaither

Catawba

Lindsey R. Griffin

Pitt

Ricky Harris Robeson

Jan Hayes

Lee

Tommy Hester (Chairman)

Vance

Dean Hilton

Bladen

Karen Kiehna

Madison

Abdul Rasheed

Vance

 Jeff Smith

 Chowan

William "Bill" Webb Richmond
Theodore "Wes" Westmoreland (Vice Chairman) Cleveland