Abdul Sm Rasheed has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Rural Infrastructure Authority. Rasheed, who lives in Henderson, Vance County, was appointed as a representative of a Tier 1 or Tier 2 County.
The Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is housed in the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The appointed board awards Rural, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Utility Account grant funds. Five members are appointed by the Governor; five members by the Speaker of the NC House; and five members by the President Pro Tempore of the NC Senate. NC Secretary of Commerce Tony Copeland also serves on the board.
The Friday Fellowship and Wildacres Leadership Initiative are pleased that Governor Cooper, the Department of Commerce, and state officials recognize the continued work and strong interest of CEO Abdul Rasheed in addressing the needs of all areas of our state. This appointment to a bipartisan, interbranch governmental body embodies the Friday Fellowship value of coming together across differences to enhance the lives of all North Carolinians.